The Flag of Cyprus consists of white with a copper-coloured silhouette of the island. The island derived the name Cyprus from the Greek word for copper. Below the 'map of the island,' lay two green, crossed olive branches in the centre of the flag. The olive branches are a known symbol of peace. The olive branches represent the hope for peace and reconciliation between the Greek and Turkish communities. Cyprus joined the European Union on May 1st, 2004 as part of the European Union’s most recent and largest enlargement to 25 Member States. If you are interested in learning more about Cyprus, browse other CyprusNet.com portals such as Cyprus History, Cyprus Government, Cyprus Facts, Cyprus News and many, many more!
Cyprus Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms of Cyprus depicts a dove carrying an olive branch, a well-known symbol of peace, over the year “1960.” This was the year that Cyprus gained its independence from British rule. The background is a copper-yellow colour, symbolizing the large deposits of copper ore in Cyprus. This copper ore is mainly in the form of chalcopyrite, which is yellow in colour.
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