Cyprus can be a great place to live. The most important item to pack ? - your sensible head.
For many parents education is the single most important consideration when choosing to move home.

WTW (Why This Website ?) This website will help you to make an informed decision in deciding if a move to Paphos is for you and your family.

WAW (Who Are We ?) We are parents and teachers who live or have lived in Paphos, our children have been to various schools from State to Private. We have experienced the highs and lows living in Cyprus and will share our experiences and knowledge with you. We are members of Paphos and Cyprus forums though have no financial interest in any school, company or organization based in Cyprus.

ODD (Our Disclaimer Details) Throughout this website you will find extracts taken from the press, forums, the media and government agencies such as the police and Customs which are taken directly from their open source. Paphoseducation.com has not created or invented them. Observations within this website are based on personal experiences and opinions, but may not be appropriate for your situation and is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Always seek professional advice.

“We have lived in Cyprus for two years and I am extremely grateful to Paphos Education.com. Our initial plans were to buy a property but at least for us not buying has been our soundest decision. We still own our UK home which we receive reasonable rent, more than enough to cover our Paphos home, we have moved twice since living here due to bad neighbours and barking dogs. Our two children are happy and being educated in a legal and registered school – most important. Finding employment is almost impossible and in general, when you take into account school fees the cost of living is much higher in Paphos compared to the UK.

However, we have no regrets moving here and are very happy though we will move on at some point. Don’t underestimate Paphos Education.com !”

MOVING to another Country can be an exciting and exhilarating experience, perhaps you have been to Cyprus before on holiday and your expectation living in Paphos, Cyprus is based on your pervious holiday experience. For most the sun is the main lure, the thought of continuous long warm days is the main reason people move overseas, if not then perhaps Cyprus is not for you. In July and August temperatures can reach into the mid 30c’s and can be especially humid while the winter months can be surprisingly cold with heavy rainfall.

Taking your children away from family and friends can be distressing. You enrol them into a new school and expect they will be happy. Some children settle well, more so if they are younger. As Cyprus is an Island your once weekly visit to see family is no longer possible and friends are unable drop by.

If you need to work then speaking Greek is extremely important and can show respect. Learning a few words perhaps “yes” (Nai) and “thank you” (efharisto) in Greek may impress your friends and is fine for your yearly
vacation but alone will not open employment doors for you. Ask yourself, would you employ someone if they could not speak English ?. In the current economic climate finding employment or even trying to make a basic living
in Cyprus can be extremely tough though if there is no need to work then it will be an easier move.

MOVING TO CYPRUS ? THEN LEARN THE CYPRIOT LANGUAGE.

Most British ex-pats living in Cyprus will endeavour to reassure you (and themselves) that as many Cypriots speak English and there is no need to learn Cypriot Language. Cyprus is now your home and therefore speaking the language is respectful to the Cypriot people just as any person moving to the UK to live and work would be expected to learn and speak English.

Many British ex-pats claim their move to Cyprus is to embrace the Cypriot way of life and culture. In truth, other than the rudimentary words there is a reluctance to learn the Cypriot language and the British will speak to the Cypriots in English. Most ex-pats will still watch British TV, complain about shop opening hours and scorn the Cypriots for their treatment of animals, the hunting season and their driving standards. They will search for English food such as sausage rolls or a Britsh bakery and debate which restaurant offers the best English breakfast, fish and chips and a Sunday roast. Pastimes such as playing bingo and darts are popular amongst the British. Finding shops / bars that sell cheap beer is regularly discussed and ex-pats will even find ways to play the UK National Lottery ! . British ex-pats seem to be selective in which elements of Cypriot life they want to embrace. You also need to remember many (mostly retired) people have accumulated their wealth working in the UK so living in Cyprus brings little financial worries – do you also have this financial stability ?

The cost of living in Cyprus will be an important consideration though with the economic troubles (2013/15) resulting in financial support (bailout) from Europe to save Cyprus from collapse will leave a lack of confidence in a Country that once prospered, the consequences could last long into the future.

You may find some forum posts suggest Cyprus is a cheaper place to live than the UK. Perhaps for the retired who receive a regular pension this may be true though for families the actual cost of living can be as much as 80% more than the UK, in some cases up to 300% more. You cannot simply compare say the price of bread or milk in the UK to Cyprus, you must take into account your UK salary compared to a Cyprus salary (which, if you can find work is generally two thirds less than a comparable UK salary), school fees (private / paid for) can exceed euros 100,000 for two children, travel costs to visit friends in the UK, private health care, all must be considered to calculate the true cost of living in Cyprus. Read more in our Economy section.

Moving to Cyprus and a Village way of life is appealing though it is worth remembering that you will need some form of reliable transport, services such as electricity and water may occasionally be disrupted and local shops will be limited. Also, to be accepted into Village life it is important you learn the Cypriot language – you are not a tourist, Cyprus is now your home therefore they can be no excuses not to have a fundamental understanding of the language.

The most important item to pack - YOUR SENSIBLE HEAD. For many, moving overseas brings a completely different view to life. Your once level-headed approach gets thrown out with your winter jumpers. You will often hear “but this is Cyprus” or “it is worse in the UK” or "It is the same the all over the World" to justify an improper deed, perhaps, wrong is still wrong no matter where you live.

Cyprus can be a great place to live, research and prepare well. Do not only rely on the internet forums. Be wary of anyone offering to PM you and offer impartial advice, if their advice really is impartial then it should be posted on an open forum. (Some forums can be limited to a few and constantly same people who are keen to seek attention and have their say on almost any subject). Some forum Administrators may limit subjects which can be posted such as crime therefore limiting a balance view of life in Cyprus. Of course, forums can be useful in locating a bakery that sells your favourite bread or a telephone number of the local chemist.

Estate agents and developers in Paphos are keen to sell properties, homeowners seeking to sell their property, all may at times not always offer a straightforward opinion. Just as in the UK residential areas vary, is the house you are interested in buying near holiday homes? will they be full of holidaymakers in the summer?. Is the land next to your intended new home reserved for future development?. Remember, you are buying a home, not a holiday.

Cyprus is a relatively small Island, there are no railways so transport is limited to personal car, taxi or bus (Cycling on Cypriot roads is not to be recommended). If you enjoy theatres, musical concerts, historical sites and museums few (if any) are to be found. There are no Formula race tracks or attractions such as theme parks (other than waterparks) or historical homes to visit. Certain sporting activities are also limited such as athletics, cricket, rowing, boxing, horse racing, badminton, hockey and fresh water fishing. In time you will find you are repeatedly visiting the same places. For some, more so the retired this minimal life is ideal.

There are three key questions which defines this entire website:
One: Would you send your children to an illegal school, illegal Institute, unlicensed private tutor or to a sports / children's club with non-qualified, uninsured staff (who do not hold a current CRB / DBS, first aid and safeguarding children certificates) in the UK ?

Two: Would you allow your children to be taught by a teacher, school, institute, private tutor or supervised by a sports club who are not registered with the appropriate governing body or does not hold public liability insurance ?.

Three: Would you purchase a property in the UK without fully researching the area, purchase a property with no legal title, (a property which does not have Title Deeds) decline a structural survey or refuse independent and professional legal advice ?.

If the answer is yes to any of these questions then this website will almost certainly be of little use to you.

When considering a move overseas all you will want to hear and read is positive reviews. Cyprus can be a great place to relocate. However, sometimes things do and can go wrong. Throughout this website you will find extracts taken from the press, forums, other media and government agencies such as the police and Customs. It is important to stress these articles are taken directly from their open source, they are there to give you a feel for the subjects in which they relate.

Take a moment to read “A Personal View”, this is a true account of one family and their Cyprus experience, their struggle to find work, the ups and downs of adapting to a new life and the sometimes strong emotions when missing family and friends.

The UK has many flaws and the thought of escaping to seemingly brighter shores will be seen as a solution to a dreary existence. But before you condemn your heritage, remember, the majority of British people are hardworking and honest and they should not be judged against the failings of a few politicians and the less than desirable element in society. It is estimated 10% of Cypriot-born nationals live in main land Britain. Many Cypriot families send their children to UK Universities and when medical care is needed for a serious illness, both ex-pat and Cypriots travel to the UK for treatment – can the UK really be as dreadful as many make out ?.

We recommend always talk direct with appropriate Cypriot Government agencies though just as importantly always ask for their advice in writing (though this may prove more difficult than it should be).

Essentially, have at least a twelve month fund (plus a further amount set aside to pay for the return costs should you not settle) so financially there is no immediate pressure to find work.

Guidance......
> Research well, do not rely only on Internet forums or Estate agents.
> Carefully prepare your financial budget before moving to Cyprus and be realistic, don’t expect to earn the same salary as in the UK.
> Have at least a six month fund when you first arrive in Cyprus.
> Send your children to a Licenced SCHOOL (State or Private).
> Calculate the full cost of Private (paid for) education over 3 years, can you afford the cost ?
> For your first year in Cyprus, rent (retain your UK property if you own one).
> Learn the Cypriot language.



Note: All quotations are taken from the press, forums, media and government agencies such as the police and Customs. Articles are taken directly from their open source and Paphoseducation.com have not created them. | The material contained in this Website (Paphoseducation.com) is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice.All references within this site, unless otherwise stated, refers to South Cyprus. (Greek Cypriots)
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> Jul 17: 85 Syrians arrived in Paphos,
Cyprus in a boat.

> Jun 17: The Cabinet is likely to green-light a government-funded programme subsidising net-metering for residences

> May 17: Non-performing loans in Cyprus’s banking system continued to be around half of total loans over the past years.

> Apr 17: Paphos municipality has launched an adopt a family for Easter campaign to try to ensure that families in the region facing financial hardship have a good holiday.

Mar 17: More than a third of state teachers resort to illegal private tutoring in the afternoons

> Feb 17: The Israeli market is being actively targeted as part of an ongoing tourism plan to encourage travellers between Paphos and Tel Aviv

> Jan 17: Cypruss unemployment rate rose to 14.2 per cent

> Dec 16: Cyprus students ranked in 23rd place for mathematics achievement and in 36th place in science performance, out of 49 countries surveyed

> Nov 16: Consumers are looking at a hike in their electricity bills as the government tries to keep the renewable energy fund afloat


> Oct 16: Cyprus’s trade deficit widened 29 per cent

> Sep 16: In the first seven months of the year the government generated a fiscal deficit of €92m on a cash basis,

> Aug 16: The Cypriot economy grew 2.7 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2016

> Jul 16: Cyprus is one of the countries with the highest unemployment rates in the EU,

> May 16: Building permits fell almost 20 per cent year-on-year in terms of construction area

> Apr 16: Electricity prices have fallen 48 per cent in three years

> MAR 16: The number of registered unemployed fell in February 8.5 per cent

> FEB 16: On a list of 63 countries ranked for their economic misery, Cyprus is in 13th position

> JAN 16: Recent instability in Chinese financial markets and uncertainty over the country’s growth may find its way into the Cypriot economy

> Dec 15: Revenue from tourism rose more than 17 per cent in September


> Nov 15: The year 2015 has been positive for Cypriot tourism, despite challenges mainly caused by problems with the Russian market

> Oct 15: The community council of Kissonerga in Paphos, including its mukhtar, have been served with a summons to appear before the court to answer charges relating to ‘irregularities’ at the village’s first organised beach.


> Sep 15: Tourism in Cyprus dropped by 14.6 per cent in June this year compared to the corresponding month last year.

> Aug 15: The Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council (PVCC) is urging teachers and owners of private institutes to tutor needy students free of charge.

> Jul 15: Cyprus is ready to consider writing off €330m in rescue loans to Greece

> Jun 15: Interest rates for new housing and business loans exceeding €1m in the Cypriot banking system dropped to 3.68 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively in April

> May 15: Under new law, certain general stores – such as department stores, malls and supermarkets – will not be allowed to operate on Sundays.

> Apr 15 : the European University of Cyprus are growing ever closer to becoming self-sufficient green universities

> Mar 15: The EAC said that bills being issued for February and March would be 8 per cent lower compared to the previous bill. The price decrease was a result of falling fuel prices.

> Feb 15: Cyprus must urgently improve the quality of its inefficient public secondary education system

>Jan 15: The consumer price index decreased 1.5 per cent in December compared to a year before mainly on falling energy prices


> Dec 14: On going efforts to lure visitors and shoppers back to Paphos’ old town are continuing with a first of a kind event planned for later this month.

>Nov 14:Paphos mayor Savvas has decided to extend his absence from municipal affairs, pending a police investigation into allegations of misconduct.

>Oct 14: The consumer price index rose in September to 117.5 units or 0.4 per cent compared with the previous month

> Sep 14: Despite the shortage of head teachers, Education Minister Costas Kadis said that this year the situation had much improved.

> Aug 14: Under the foreclosures bill drafted by the government, mortgagors will have around six months at their disposal to challenge or block repossession proceedings on a property.

> Jul 14: Even though taxpayers have dished out nearly a quarter of a billion euros in recent years to keep Cyprus Airways (CY) afloat, the national carrier still faces bankruptcy.

> Jun 14: The island’s unemployment fell slightly in April compared with the previous month. The unemployment rate in April 2013 was 15.6 per cent, representing 69,000 jobless people.

> May 14: Rows at the English School raged on following a report of a letter sent by the Parent-Teachers’ Association (PTA) to President Nicos Anastasiades, in which they accused the school’s chairwoman of lying and requested her ousting.

> Apr 14: Cyprus is facing its worst drought ever according to the local weather service, which has recorded 204 millimetres of rainfall for the 2013-14 season, despite the occasional downpour in recent days.This is the worst year on record since the weather service started keeping track of annual rainfall in 1901.
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