Cyprus granted citizenship to 2,277 individuals in 2014, the majority of them Russians, the European statistical office said on Monday.
According to Eurostat, 27.1 per cent of the new citizens came from Russia 15.5 per cent from Greece and 15.1 per cent from the United Kingdom.
Out of the 2,277 individuals 33 per cent were already citizens of another member state, while 67 per cent were not.
In 2014, around 890,000 persons acquired citizenship of a member state of the European Union, down from 981,000 in 2013. Since 2009, more than five million people in total have been granted citizenship of an EU member state.
Of the total number of persons obtaining citizenship of an EU member state in 2014, 89 per cent were non-EU citizens. (CNA)