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Tseri (also known as Xeri) is a large village located in the Nicosia district, twelve kilometers south of the capital city. Goodwin claims that Tseri means “candle” in Cypriot Greek. It was always exclusively inhabited by Greek Cypriots.

Historical Population:

As explained above, Tseri has always been solely inhabited by Greek Cypriots. As can be seen from the chart above, in the Ottoman census of 1831, Christians (Greek Cypriots) constituted the sole population of the village. Throughout the British period, the population increased steadily from 402 in 1891 to 826 in 1960.


No one was displaced from this village during the intercommunal strife of the 1960s. However, in 1974 the village served as an important reception center for Greek Cypriot refugees who fled from the north of the island. The Tseri Modern Housing Development was built in 1975-1981 in five phases. By 1982, almost 900 refugees were living there.

Current Inhabitants:

Today the village is mainly inhabited by its original Greek Cypriot villagers and Greek Cypriot refugees who moved there after the war in 1974. Several new housing developments have been built in the last fifteen years, attracting many persons who work in Nicosia. The last census of 2001 puts the total population of the village at 5,287.  

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