Cyprus is an island state (9,251 km2) in the Mediterranean Sea stretching from Paphos in the southwest to Cape Apostolos Antreas in the northeast. Its strategic location between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East has contributed to shaping its history, culture, and trade relations. The island was formed by underwater volcanic activity, which created an island rich in valuable metals such as copper and gold. Its name either derives from the Latin word for copper (cuprum) or, according to other sources, gave copper its name due to large quantities found by the first inhabitants around 10,000 BCE. Cyprus, which had about 850,000 residents in 2015, became an independent state in 1960 and since 2004 has been a member of the European Union (EU).

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