The government encourages cooperative societies in many ways, including exemption from certain forms of taxation. In 1962, the island's main commercial organizations, the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce, the Cyprus Federation of Trade and Industry, and the Union of Industrialists, combined to form the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. There is also a Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in Nicosia. Professional and trade organizations cover a wide variety of careers.
There are a great number of youth organizations, particularly athletic clubs. The Pancyprian Federation of Students and Young Scientists (POFNE) serves as an umbrella organization for student movements. Some political parties have youth organizations, such as the Cyprus Socialist Youth, the Cyprus Workers Federation Youth Section, and the Democratic Party Youth. Scouting organizations are active in the country and there are branches of the YWCA.