seems ambiguous as it's not clear if it refers to the Republic of Cyprus (a country that's a member of the European Union) or Northern Cyprus a state that consists of the northern part of Cyprus which is only recognised by Turkey. The tag is already used for both.

The tag description is not clear either:

Questions relating to the government or politics of Cyprus

Should these two states have different tags? If so, please add an answer to suggest how to proceed. If not (questions relating to either can use the existing tag), please clarify in an answer as well.

1 Answer 1


Cyprus is a common name for the Republic of Cyprus. See, for example, the relevant article on the site of the European Union, or on Wikipedia. Northern Cyprus is almost never formally referred to as Cyprus by anyone, with the possible exception of its own citizens.

I've added the tag to a couple of questions that explicitly mention Northern Cyprus. Feel free to add it to others. I've also updated both tags info to avoid any further confusion.

I also propose we create a synonym for . This, however, isn't easily reversible by the community, so I'd like to wait a while to see if anyone objects before going through with it.

  • 2
    Shouldn't [republic-of-cyprus] then be the main tag? Similar to [republic-of-ireland]? Or would the tag excerpts suffice in this case?
    – JJJ Mod
    Apr 20, 2019 at 9:05
  • 2
    I don't see why the tag info wouldn't suffice @JJJ. However, I think I should point out that I'm Greek and my opinions on the matter are probably a lot more biased than I care to admit. So, it's probably best if I remove myself from the discussion at this point and let others decide on the synonyms.
    – yannis
    Apr 20, 2019 at 10:25
  • 5
    Probably best to just rename cyprus to republic-of-cyprus so people have to explicitly choose. I did the same thing with ireland -> republic-of-ireland/northern-ireland last year, and seems to work well (ireland tag hasn't been re-created since, and all questions I've seen since were tagged correctly).
    – user11249
    Apr 20, 2019 at 15:39
  • @yannis Should we file a formal request to create the tag now that it's been a few weeks or can you do it straight away?
    – anon
    May 6, 2019 at 9:05
  • I'm not sure that would work for our current crop of cyprus questions @MartinTournoij. For example, we have one that is about the island as a whole. And it happens to be among the more popular questions on the site.
    – yannis
    May 6, 2019 at 9:48
  • @yannis We should just replace the tag on that question with both republic-of-cyprus and northern-cyprus. There's no need to have a third tag specifically to refer to the island's landmass
    – divibisan
    May 10, 2019 at 17:44

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .