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Total country population 1,200,000
Core Jewish population 300
Jews per total 1,000 in population 0.25
Population with a Jewish parent 400
Enlarged Jewish population 500
Law of Return Jewish population 600



  • The total population of Cyprus on 1 January 2016 stood at 848,300. Its population grew by 1,300 in 2015. 
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Cyprus was estimated to be 100 (0.01% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 300 (0.04% of the wider population). 
  • An estimated 400 Cypriot residents or citizens qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. 
  • The overwhelming majority of the Jewish population consists of recent expatriates from Israel, Russia and the UK. In 2005, the first synagogue on the island was opened in Larnaca.  

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