Latins in Cyprus speak Greek and Italian. Most speak Greek as a native tongue due to intermarriage.
Armenians speak Armenian and Greek. A good number of them speak Armenian as a native tongue but the rest speak Greek due to intermarriage.
Maronites speak Greek. Very few, mostly older people speak Maronite Arabic. The mother tongue of most Maronites is by far Greek mostly due to intermarriage.
You can find a lot of information about a country by the postage stamps that are issued.
Cyprus has a chequered postal history with various sovereign reigns being depicted throughout its time. From the first stamps being issued around 1880, which were British stamps with Cyprus being overprinted on them right up to present day.
Research Cyprus stamps and take a trip through the ages with the conquering heroes and more. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Hi, "Latins" is a category used BY Cyprus to denote Catholics. It's an officially recognized "community", with specific representation and other rights. The official "communities" are Greek (80%), Turkish (18%) and Maronite, Armenian and "Latin" (around 2% of total). Because they cannot, democratically, elect representatives die to their small size, the three small communities have "special" reprensentation and other rights.
In the Zurich Accords, by which Cyprus became independent (had been a British Colony till 1960), for certain purposes the three smaller communities were asked to "join" one of the bigger communities. They chose to "join" the Greek Community for these purposes (eg quota in police force, Army, civil service etc).This is why you will often find 82% Greek (instead of 80%) and 18% Turkish as official Community figures.
So "LATIN" means "Roman Catholic".
Cyprus is an island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey. Site of an ancient Neolithic culture, the island was settled by Phoenicians c. 800 B.C. and thereafter fell successively to the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Macedonian Greeks, Egyptians again, and finally Romans (58 B.C.). The Byzantines controlled it from A.D. 395 until 1191, when it was captured by Richard I of England during the Third Crusade. Venice annexed it in 1489, Turkey conquered it in 1571, and Great Britain proclaimed its sovereignty in 1914. Cyprus became independent in 1960, but large-scale fighting between Greek and Turkish Cypriots led to the installment of a UN peacekeeping force in 1965. In 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus and established a separate Turkish state in the northern part. Nicosia is the capital and the largest city. Population: 734,000.