There is close cooperation and trust between the Republic of Cyprus and the Federal Republic of Germany, based on the two countries’ membership in the European Union and their various bilateral agreements.
Germany maintains close cultural ties with both ethnic communities on the island, as well as with the local Maronite community. The most important institution supporting bilateral cultural relations is the Goethe-Institut in Nicosia. In this connection, the German-Cypriot Cultural Association and the German-Turkish Cypriot Cultural Association should also be mentioned. Other German-Cypriot organisations (e.g. alumni associations) contribute to German cultural events on the island as well.
The country’s state universities (University of Cyprus in Nicosia and Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol) and private higher education institutions participate in exchange programmes with German and European universities. Bilateral academic cooperation is intensifying. There is, for example, scientific cooperation between the Max Planck Society and the Cyprus Institute, and Germans are among the researchers working at the prestigious Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics in Nicosia.
In tourism, an important sector for Cyprus, Germany’s role is not very significant, as it only accounts for some 5% of tourists (more visitors come from the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel and other countries).
Cyprus has the tenth largest merchant marine fleet in the world and is an international ship management hub. The share of German shipping companies in this economic sector is particularly high and stands at about 50%.
The Federal Republic of Germany does not maintain official relations with the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” – which is recognised only by Turkey – but does have wide-ranging contacts with representatives of the Turkish Cypriot community, also at the political level.