In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Cyprus

The biggest languages present in Cyprus include:

  • Greek – 978 thousand speakers;
  • English – 48 thousand speakers;
  • Romanian – 36 thousand speakers;
  • Russian – 24 thousand speakers;
  • Bulgarian – 24 thousand speakers;
  • Arabic – 12 thousand speakers;
  • Filipino – 12 thousand speakers;
  • German – 48 thousand speakers;
  • French – 145 thousand speakers;

The following languages are legally recognized as the “official languages” of the country:

  • Greek
  • Turkish

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.

Greek

Greek is a Hellenic language spoken by 13.40 million people both in Cyprus and abroad. It is one of the official languages of Cyprus, alongside 2 other.

Greek language summary
Number of speakers worldwide13.40 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingGreek alphabet
Major Greek-speaking populations in:4 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Greek is spoken by around 13.40 million people around the world. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are Greece, Cyprus, and Albania.

In Cyprus approximately 81% or 978 thousand people use Greek in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

Greek uses the Greek alphabet. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from left to right.

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English

English is a Indo-European language, distantly related to German, Albanian, Bengali, Bosnian, as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

English language summary
Number of speakers worldwide1.15 billion
Language familyIndo-European
WritingEnglish alphabet
Major English-speaking populations in:35 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

English is spoken by around 1.15 billion people around the world. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.

Less than a quarter of the population speaks English in Cyprus, 48 thousand people in total.

Writing

The English alphabet is used for writing the English language. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols.

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Romanian

Romanian is a Romance language, which is a branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

Romanian language summary
Number of speakers worldwide30 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingRomanian alphabet
Major Romanian-speaking populations in:2 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Romanian is spoken by around 30 million people around the world. The two most notable countries with a large number of speakers are Romania, and Moldova.

Around 3% of the population of Cyprus speak Romanian.

Writing

The Romanian alphabet is used for writing the Romanian language. Being a subset of the Latin script, it uses some non-standard characters like â, ă, î, ș, overall 5 symbols.

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Russian

Russian is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Swedish, Romanian, Slovene, French, as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

Russian language summary
Number of speakers worldwide260 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingRussian alphabet
Major Russian-speaking populations in:11 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major Russian-speaking populations in more than 10 countries of the world. Israeli, Estonian, and Ukrainian markets, for example, might be expected to use Russian in business and daily communications, at least to some extent.

Less than a quarter of the population speaks Russian in Cyprus, 24 thousand people in total.

Writing

The Russian alphabet is used for writing the Russian language. Being a subset of the Cyrillic script, it uses some non-standard characters like ё, overall 1 symbols.

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Bulgarian

Bulgarian is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Romanian, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

Bulgarian language summary
Number of speakers worldwide9 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingBulgarian alphabet
Major Bulgarian-speaking populations in:8 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major Bulgarian-speaking populations in more than 5 countries of the world. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Serbia
  • Greece
  • Romania
  • North Macedonia
  • Bulgaria

In Cyprus approximately 2% or 24 thousand people use Bulgarian in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

Bulgarian uses the Cyrillic alphabet. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from left to right.

Translation services

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Arabic

Arabic is a Afro-Asiatic language, distantly related to Hebrew, Somali, Maltese, as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

Arabic language summary
Number of speakers worldwide422 million
Language familyAfro-Asiatic
WritingArabic abjad
Major Arabic-speaking populations in:22 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 422 million people in more than 22 countries speak Arabic as either the first or a second language. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are Algeria, Bahrain, and Comoros.

In Cyprus approximately 1% or 12 thousand people use Arabic in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

Arabic uses the Arabic abjad. It employs the standard version of the script with no additional, language-specific symbols. It is written from right to left.

Translation services

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German

German is a Germanic language, closely related to English, Flemish, Swedish, Danish, and other languages of the same branch of the language family. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

German language summary
Number of speakers worldwide230 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingGerman alphabet
Major German-speaking populations in:12 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 230 million people in more than 12 countries speak German as either the first or a second language. With regard to the number of speakers, the most notable 3 countries are Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Less than a quarter of the population speaks German in Cyprus, 48 thousand people in total.

Writing

German uses the Latin alphabet. It employs the extended version of the script, however, with 4 additional symbols. It is written from left to right.

Translation services

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French

French is a Indo-European language, distantly related to Dutch, Albanian, Czech, Danish, as well as a number of other languages. It has no country-wide official status in Cyprus.

French language summary
Number of speakers worldwide274 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingFrench alphabet
Major French-speaking populations in:49 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

More than a hundred million people use French as their language of day-to-day communication. Lebanese, Vietnamese, and Egyptian markets, for example, might be expected to use French in business and daily communications, at least to some extent.

More than 145 thousand residents of Cyprus understand French.

Writing

French uses the Latin alphabet. It employs the extended version of the script, however, with 16 additional symbols. It is written from left to right.

Translation services

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