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"Lefke" redirects here. For the town in Marmara, Turkey, previously called Lefke, see Osmaneli.
Orange monument in Lefka town center, representing its rich orange groves
Orange monument in Lefka town center, representing its rich orange groves
Lefka is located in Cyprus
Location in Cyprus
Coordinates: 35°6′48″N 32°51′4″E / 35.11333°N 32.85111°E / 35.11333; 32.85111Coordinates: 35°6′48″N 32°51′4″E / 35.11333°N 32.85111°E / 35.11333; 32.85111
Country  Cyprus
 • District Nicosia District
Country (controlled by)  Northern Cyprus
 • District Güzelyurt District
 • Mayor Aziz Kaya[1]
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 3,009
 • Municipality 11,091
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Lefka (Greek: Λεύκα; Turkish: Lefke) is a town in Cyprus, overlooking Morphou Bay. De facto, it is under the control of Northern Cyprus. In 2011, the town-proper had 3,009 inhabitants.

Lefka is known for its citrus fruits and mines. It is the site of the European University of Lefke.

During the Venetian period in Cyprus, Lefka was dominated by Catholics of Italian descent. Turks migrated to Lefka during Ottoman rule.

Asil Nadir and Nil Burak were born in Lefka. The city houses the tomb of Nazim al-Haqqani, spiritual head of the Haqqani branch of the Naqshbandi Sufi order, died on 7 May, 2014.

Places of interest[edit]

Landscape in Lefka: The town is home to many palm trees

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Lefka is twinned with:


  1. ^ Lefke'de Aziz Kaya Baskan
  2. ^ KKTC 2011 Nüfus ve Konut Sayımı [TRNC 2011 Population and Housing Census] (PDF), TRNC State Planning Organization, 6 August 2013, p. 22 
  3. ^ "Bergama - Twin Towns". © Bergama-City.sk. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Malatya - Twin Towns". © Malatya-City.sk. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Silifke - Twin Towns". © Silifke-City.sk. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Lefke Belediyesi Kardeş Şehir". © Elmadağ-City.sk. Retrieved 2013-10-20.