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Livadia is a village situated on the Karpasia/Karpaz peninsula, four kilometers southeast of Komikebir/Büyükkonuk village. Before 1974, it was exclusively populated by Turkish Cypriots. The name Livadia means “meadows” in Greek. In 1958, Turkish Cypriots adopted an alternative Turkish name, Sazlıköy. Sazlıköy means “village with rushes” in Turkish.
Historical Population

Although in the late Ottoman and early British periods the village was mixed, by 1946 the records show it to be exclusively populated by Turkish Cypriots. Most of the Greek Cypriot population left the village in the 1920s. For most of the British period the village’s population fluctuated, increasing from 115 in 1891 to 121 in 1911; dropping to 117 in 1921; and again increasing in 1946 to 180 persons. The 1960 census put the village’s population at 191. After 1974, the population of the village stagnated 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 (mainly from Agios Theodoros/Çayırova(125) and Arnadi/Kuzucuk(129). From 1964 to 1974, it was administratively part of the Turkish Cypriot enclave of Galateia(144). According to geographer Richard Patrick, in 1971 there were nine displaced Turkish Cypriots still residing in the village. He also estimated the village’s population at 210.

Current Inhabitants:

Currently, the village is mainly inhabited by its original villagers. Due to its isolated location and distance from the cities, the majority of its youth tends to migrate to cities and abroad. The population declined after 1974, dropping from almost 165 persons in 1978 to 96 in 2006.   

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