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Coordinates: 34°44′N33°20′E / 34.733°N 33.333°E / 34.733; 33.333 Coordinates: 34°44′N33°20′E / 34.733°N 33.333°E / 34.733; 33.333
CountryFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
District Larnaca District
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
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Website www.zygi.com

Zygi (Greek : Ζύγι; Turkish : Terazi) is a small village on the south coast of Cyprus, between Limassol and Larnaca. Before 1974, Zygi had a mixed Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot population. [1]

Greek language Language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

Turkish language Turkic language mainly spoken and used in Turkey

Turkish, also referred to as Istanbul Turkish,, and sometimes known as Turkey Turkish, is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages, with around ten to fifteen million native speakers in Southeast Europe and sixty to sixty-five million native speakers in Western Asia. Outside Turkey, significant smaller groups of speakers exist in Germany, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Northern Cyprus, Greece, the Caucasus, and other parts of Europe and Central Asia. Cyprus has requested that the European Union add Turkish as an official language, even though Turkey is not a member state.

Cyprus Island country in Mediterranean

Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.



The Evangelos Florakis Navy Base explosion of 11 July 2011 damaged every house in the village.

Refugee centre controversy

In 2018, the village was the site of protests supported by anti-immigrant party ELAM and members of the local council against the building of a centre for unaccompanied refugee children. [2] [3] Other residents disputed the protest. [4]

ELAM (Cyprus)

The National Popular Front, or National People's Front, is an ultra-nationalist movement founded in 2008 in the Republic of Cyprus. It describes its ideology as "popular and social nationalism" and promotes Greek nationalism. As of May 2011, it has been approved as a legal political party. On 28 December 2010, ELAM organised a march against Turkish Cypriots and migrants. ELAM is a Eurosceptic political party.

This controversy led to some Cypriots calling for a boycot of the village, which is famous for its taverns. Notably, a trip to the village by a nearby school was cancelled, after students refused to go, as they considered that their immigrant classmates wouldn't be welcome [5] .

Notable residents

Notable people who reside in the village are horror-mystery writer Fivos Kyprianou and folklore poet Chambis Achniotis.

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  1. "ZYGI". Internal Displacement in Cyprus. PRIO Cyprus Centre . Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/11/06/outraged-zygi-residents-halt-work-on-unaccompanied-minors-centre/
  3. http://politis.com.cy/article/ta-orfana-tou-zigiou-ke-i-anthropia-pou-chathike
  4. http://knews.kathimerini.com.cy/en/news/zygi-community-divided-over-refugee-facility
  5. http://politis.com.cy/article/mathites-arnithikan-na-metavoun-se-ekdromi-sto-zigi