Greek is the official language although English is widely spoken, practically by everyone in the urban as well as the rural areas. In fact, a great deal of local business is conducted to some extent in English. Street signs, shop signs and directions are written in Greek and English, making life easy for visitors or residents who do not speak Greek.
Cyprus has a highly developed system of primary, secondary and higher education offering both state and private education. The high quality of instruction can be attributed to a large extent to the above-average competence of the teachers but also to the fact that nearly 7% of the GDP is spent on education thus making Cyprus one of the top three spenders in education in the EU along with Denmark and Sweden.