Teenage Issues

Information on some of the issues which affect young people including teen pregnancy and drug use and the laws surrounding them in Cyprus...

Teenagers and drugs

The use of addictive substances by teens does occur in Cyprus. The authority responsible for the coordination and monitoring of all actions against drugs is the Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council. Both the use and possession of drugs are considered to be serious criminal offence in Cyprus and their penalties range up to life imprisonment.

Several (Greek-language) organisations provide support to people with substance abuse problems:

Teenage pregnancy

Cyprus has one of the lowest rates of extra-marital birth in Europe, though the rate of unwanted pregnancies and abortion have increased during recent years. Research shows that sex education is inadequate in Cyprus schools and within families.

The Cyprus Family Planning Association offers informal education and support for young people who need advice regarding sexual and reproductive issues.

The Ministry of Finance offers a child benefit to single mothers who are not entitled to a child benefit from the Social Insurance services.

Abortion in Cyprus is allowed only in the following cases:

  • If there is a risk of physical or mental harm to the mother
  • If there is a risk of foetal deformity
  • If the woman was raped or had another sexual crime committed against her "affecting her social or family status"