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Korakou is a village situated in the Solea region of the Nicosia district, approximately fifty-one kilometers southwest of Nicosia. Locals claim that the village was named after an ancient King named Korakas. While Goodwin claims that the village was named after an early inhabitant, he also notes that the literal meaning of Korakou is “of the magpie.” This suggests another possibility for the origin of the village’s name.
Historical Population:

During the Ottoman period, the village appears to have been mixed. As can be seen from the chart above, in the Ottoman census of 1831, Christians (Greek Cypriots) constituted the majority of the inhabitants in the village (83%). Until 1931, the village’s population fluctuated between 351 and 391. From 1946 onwards, census records started to register Agroladhou(012) village under Korakou, bolstering the population figures. By 1960, the village (including Agroladhou(012) ) had 548 inhabitants with a tiny Turkish population of 13 persons.


It is known that all the Turkish inhabitants of Korakou (including Agroladhou) were displaced in 1958 (30 persons in 1946). However, some went back to their village in 1960, only to be displaced again in 1964. The 1960 census put the village’s Turkish Cypriot population at 13. During this time, most sought refuge in the Turkish Cypriot-controlled Lefka/Lefke(060) enclave. After the division in 1974, most of the Korakou Turkish Cypriots were resettled in Pentagiea/Yeşilyurt(084).

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village (Korakou) is mainly inhabited by its original Greek Cypriot villagers, although since 1974, Korakou has also been home to displaced Greek Cypriots mainly deriving from the Morphou area. The last census of 2001 puts the population of the village at 499.


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