The new
EU business hub

The new EU business hub

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, ideally situated at the crossroads of the busy shipping and air routes linking three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. The island’s rich history dates back more than 10,000 years, and it has since developed into a modern, thriving European Union state, offering a plethora of opportunities for economic growth and an enviable quality of life.

The island is considered to be a true business hub, boasting an array of investment opportunities in key growth sectors of the economy. Its modern, free-market, service-based economy and effective and transparent regulatory and legal framework, as well as its advanced infrastructure and strategic location all contribute to offering international investors and domestic businesses the confidence to invest, grow and thrive.

As a member of the European Union, Cyprus also ensures safety and stability for investors seeking investment opportunities in the EU, and allows market access to more than 500 million EU citizens. Capitalizing on these competitive advantages, Cyprus is continuously improving and enhancing its business environment, making the island a destination of choice for doing business.

A powerful business proposition

Cyprus provides a unique combination of favorable participation exemption provisions on income emanating from international activities and applies a wide network of double tax treaties and zero withholding taxes on any type of payment made anywhere in the world.

Corporation tax is 12.5%. Cyprus is a highly favorable destination for non-dom tax residency (exemption from dividends, interest, sales of security).

  • Modern banking
    & legal system
  • EU Member
  • Pro-business
    government
  • Highly skilled English speaking workforce
  • Excellent
    infrastructure
  • Safe &
    cosmopolitan lifestyle
  • Advantageous
    EU approved tax regime
  • Stable political &
    business environment

International ranking

1st

Value Penguin Safest Countries in the World 2015

(Among smaller Countries, 5th worldwide)

4th

Higher education
144 countries

(World Economic Forum Report 2015-2016)

5th

Best relocation destination. Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review 2013

(out of 23 countries)

19th

Index of Economic
Freedom

(Europe, out of 44 countries, 42 globally out of 178)

34th

Forbes Best Countries for Business Index 2019

(out of 144 countries)

The economy

  • +3,9%GDB Growth (H1 2018)
  • BBB-Fitch Upgrade (Oct. 2018)
  • +7,5%Unemployment rate (Aug. 2018)

Fast facts

Language

While Greek is the island’s official language, Cypriots are highly educated and multilingual, with more than 80% speaking English or another foreign language

Education

Cyprus boasts the 2nd highest tertiary education attainment rate in the EU, with 8 universities and 28 English speaking schools.

Investment

Cyprus is an investment hotspot, with ongoing large-scale infrastructure projects and a thriving oil and gas sector cementing the island’s position on the investment map

Taxation

Cyprus boasts a highly advantageous EU approved tax regime, which includes corporate tax of 12.5%, 60 double taxation treaties, non-domicile principles and 0% inheritance tax.

An investment hot-spot

Large-scale projects, privatisations and a burgeoning oil and gas sector are firmly placing Cyprus on the map as a hotspot for investment. Attracting foreign direct investment is at the heart of the Government’s policy. It is committed to creating optimal conditions for businesses to flourish by simplifying administrative procedures, improving the tax framework, guaranteeing an open and transparent legal system and eliminating internal barriers.

Cyprus has seen considerable GDP growth for eight consecutive quarters, a result of the new incentives as well as increased activity in tourism, trade, manufacturing and real estate.

Company Registrations +20%

Cyprus offers a tax efficient company domicile within the EU and is also emerging as an attractive location for fund managers and promoters. The number registrations of new companies has seen a solid increase since 2014.

Tourism +50%

Tourism has long been a driving force of the Cypriot economy and arrivals as well as revenue have recently seen record-breaking numbers. Tourism arrivals are forecast to increase by 82% and revenue by 185% by 2030.

A prosperous future

First-ever luxury casino resort licensed

Huge oil and gas reserves founds in its exclusive economic zone. Reserves have been estimated to be worth 300% to 3000% of GDP.

Highly favorable tax regime

  • 12.5%Corporate tax rate
  • 2.5%Intellectual Property Tax rate
  • 0%Tax on sale of shares
  • 0%Tax on dividends to shareholders
  • 60double taxation treaties
  • 0%Inheritance tax

Leading maritime hub

1st

Third-party ship management centre in the EU

3rd

Largest fleetin the EU

10th

largest merchant fleet in the world

€ 1b

in annual revenue

7%

of GDP

FLIGHT TIMES

Real estate

Cyprus has always been a magnet to foreign homebuyers due to its plethora of business and lifestyle advantages. Over the past few years the real estate market has seen significant growth, fuelled by a number of factors including the introduction of non-domicile status, additional tax incentives, the relocation of high-level staff, developments in the energy sector, highly attractive immigration programs and of course early investors who recognize the island’s significant growth potential. Real estate transactions have been consistently and considerably rising for the past three years, as reflected in the figures below.

Cyprus tax system highlights

  • 0%Inheritance tax
  • 0%Immovable property tax
  • 0%Transfer fee (if subject to VAT)

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