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Economy and Banking Sector of Cyprus

Financial Market Development

Financial Market Development
3.4 (max 7.0), 108th out of 138 countries
Banks' Soundness
3.3 (max 7.0), 127th out of 138 countries

According to World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, financial market development in Cyprus is scored 3.4 out of maximum 7.0 and ranked 108th out of 138 analysed economies, trustworthiness and confidence of financial market is scored 3.8 (99th place).

Financial Market Development in Cyprus.

Chart 1. Financial Market Development in Cyprus. Source: WEF.

Soundness of banks is scored 3.3 bringing Cyprus into the 127th place.

Soundness of Banks in Cyprus.

Chart 2. Soundness of Banks in Cyprus. Source: WEF.

Further Information

Deposit Guarantee Scheme

Maximum Protected Amount
100 000 EUR

Deposit Guarantee Schemes compensate certain deposits held by depositors of a bank that becomes unable to meet its obligations.

From a depositor's point of view it is important to know:

  • if the depositor is eligible within the terms of the deposit guarantee scheme;
  • if the depositor's bank is a participant in the deposit guarantee scheme;
  • if the depositor's type of deposit is covered by the deposit guarantee scheme.

All these details about deposit guarantee scheme in Cyprus are summarised in Table 1.

Scheme Participantsall credit institutions operating in Cyprus (including branches of foreign banks), branches of Cyprian banks abroad
Maximum Protected Amount100 000 EUR
Paid In CurrencyEUR

Table 1. Deposit guarantee scheme in Cyprus.

Further Information

Country Ceiling for Deposits

Moody's country ceilings for deposits specify the highest rating that can be assigned to local- or foreign- currency denominated deposit obligations of a bank or other deposit taking institution domiciled within that country.

Local Currency (Euro)
Baa1 (lower medium grade)
Foreign Currency
Baa1 (lower medium grade)

Local currency (Euro) deposit ceiling for Cyprus is set to Baa1 (lower medium grade), foreign currency deposit ceiling is Baa1 (lower medium grade).

Deposit Rates

Average Deposit Rate (Jan 2018, EUR)
1.11 %  (Dec 2017: 1.17 %)
In January 2018, an agreed annualised deposit rate in local currency (Euro) of new contracts with agreed maturity up to 1 year between credit institutions and households was 1.11% which was above the Euro Area average (0.37%).
Deposit Rates in Cyprus.

Chart 3. Deposit Rates in Cyprus. Source: ECB.

Further Information

Banking Sector Structure

Number of Banks
Consolidated Assets (2016)
67 347.62 mln EUR  (-7.97%)
Recent Changes (2016)
new banks: 0, closed banks: 1

Currently there are 45 credit institutions operating in Cyprus.

In 2016 consolidated banking assets in Cyprus were 67 347.62 mln EUR. The consolidated banking assets' evolution is shown at Chart 4 below.

Consolidated banking assets in Cyprus.

Chart 4. Consolidated banking assets in Cyprus.

Recent structural changes (2013 - 2016) of the banking sector of Cyprus are summarised in Table 2.

Number of Opened Banks0110
Number of Closed Banks264521

Table 2. Recent structural changes in the banking sector of Cyprus.

The list of the most recently opened banks in Cyprus is provided in Table 3.

NameStart Date
 EFG Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. (new)May 2015
 Ancoria Bank Limited (new)December 2014

Table 3. The most recently opened banks in Cyprus.

All the credit institutions operating in Cyprus can be classified into several categories. Table 4 summarises the number of banks in each category.

CategoryNumber of Banks
Branches of foreign banks23
Central banks1
Cooperative credit societies4
Cooperative savings societies4

Table 4. Number of banks by category in Cyprus.

There are 23 branches of foreign banks from 10 different countries in Cyprus. Table 5 shows the number of branches grouped by the country of origin.

Country of OriginNumber of Branches
 Russian Federation2

Table 5. Number of branches of foreign banks in Cyprus grouped by country of origin.