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Last updated Jun 30 2021.
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MandyL 17 year member
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It's complicated, because Cypress is in some ways part of Europe and in some ways part of Asia.
As such, perhaps the best way to answer this question is to say it's both.
Cyprus is geographically in Western Asia (or the Near East), though politically and culturally it is considered as being in Europe. Historically, Cyprus has always been a bridgehead between Europe and Asia, with interchanging periods of Levantine, Anatolian, and Greek influences.
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Response last updated by Terry on Sep 28 2016.
Feb 16 2007, 7:41 PM
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Baloo55th 20 year member
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It's actually off the coast of Asia Minor, but it's generally counted as part of Europe, as are all those little Greek islands that are so close to Turkey.. The distinction between Europe and Asia is totally artificial anyway. Europe is merely the westernmost past of the real continent or Eurasia. Similar situations are Iceland being counted as Europe, and the Channel Islands being counted as part of the British Isles.
Feb 16 2007, 7:45 PM
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author 21 year member
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All of my Encyclopedias - Norwegian and British - claim that Cyprus is in Asia, while Merriam Webster´s Geographical Dictionary places Cyprus on both its European and Asian maps. (!) The world´s most comprehensive atlas - The Times Atlas of the World - places Cyprus in Asia. So "in general" one could say that Cyprus is counted as part of Asia.
Feb 16 2007, 8:41 PM
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queproblema 17 year member
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How could it be a member of the European Union if it's not generally counted as part of Europe? Admittedly, "Cyprus has long been a crossing point between Europe, Asia and Africa."
Response last updated by zorba_scank on Aug 22 2016.
Feb 17 2007, 12:24 AM
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zbeckabee Moderator 17 year member
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Cyprus is considered part of Europe. More specifically, Cyprus is a EURASIAN island nation in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea south of the Anatolian peninsula (Asia Minor) or modern-day Turkey.
I think Wikipedia is the most correct here: Cyprus is generally considered to be part of Southwest Asia. But it could also be called a transcontinental territory - i.e. part of both Europe and Asia. Geographically this is so. Culturally Cyprus is divided into a Greek part, which is culturally part of Europe, and a Turkish part, which is culturally moe or less part of Asia. As it is, some countries that are clearly not European (as Armenia) has been allowed a membership of the European Council, as did also Cyprus even before its EU membership in 2004.