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Koroveia/Kuruova village is situated on the Karpasia/Karpaz peninsula, four kilometers west of Galinoporni/Kaleburnu village. It was exclusively populated by Turkish Cypriots. The origin of the name Koroveia is obscure. Turkish Cypriots adopted an alternative Turkish name Kuruova in 1959. Kuruova means “dry plain” in Turkish.

Historical Population

As can be seen from the chart above, apart from the years 1911 and 1931, the village was exclusively populated by Muslims (Turkish Cypriots). During most of the British period the village’s population fluctuated, increasing from 136 in 1891, to 291 in 1911, dropping to 213 in 1921, then increasing again in 1946 to 263 persons. After 1974, the population of the village became stagnant and gradually declined.


From its original population no one was displaced; however, the village served temporarily as a reception centre for displaced Turkish Cypriots in 1958 and 1964. From 1964 to 1974, it was administratively part of the Turkish Cypriot enclave of Galatia(144). According to geographer Richard Patrick, in 1971 there were no displaced Turkish Cypriots residing in the village. He also estimated the village’s population at 296.

Current Inhabitants:

Currently, the village is mainly inhabited by its original villagers. Due to its isolated location and distance from the cities, most of the youth tend to migrate to cities or abroad. The population declined after 1974, dropping from 296 persons in 1971 to 140 in 1978. The 2006 Turkish Cypriot census puts the village’s population at 145.  

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