Is Northern Cyprus part of Turkey?
Although many believe that North Cyprus is part of Turkey, this is not actually the case. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is an independent country with its own parliament, laws and institutions. However, Turkey is the main sponsor of the TRNC and has historically provided financial support for infrastructure investments, defense costs, incentives and support from the private sector. The fact that the language, many banks and currencies in North Cyprus are the same as Turkey may give the impression that North Cyprus is part of Turkey.