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Sixth reason - historical heritage of the Anglo-Saxon culture in Cyprus

Britain is, of course, the cradle of everything connected with the Anglo-Saxon culture, and the first homeland of the English language. In addition to this fact, English is the main language of international communication nowadays. Therefore it is quite logical that the spread and penetration of English in some national cultures makes it sometimes the second language, as is the fact in several states and societies.

Cyprus is a vivid examplification of such a phenomenon as the formation and existence of the English-language society, and where English became second official language of the modern Republic of Cyprus. Naturally no one would dispute that the Greek culture influence and Greek language dominates the "birth-land of civilization" with its ten-thousand-year history.

However, the history also proves the English culture continuing influence on state institutions' functioning, on social life and social environment in modern Cyprus. Let's take a glimpse at history of this island, history of this "world civilization pearl".

Every schoolboy knows that the UK, at its mightest, kept sway over half of the world, or, near it. Probably, the key to the phenomenon of the super popular English in the world today are, partly, the linguistic features of the language, and, yet, to a greater extent it was UK clout and British colonial policy that contributed to English language spread and rooting. In the late eighteenth century, Cyprus also fell into the orbit of interest of then Mistress of the Seas. Resulting British Crown mind games and suzerain gambles, in 1878, the Ottoman Empire "leased" the territory of the island of Cyprus. Thus, same as before, the Anglo-Saxons continued to master the ancient territory.