Giresun Province

Giresun Province
Giresun ili
Province of Turkey

Location of Giresun Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region East Black Sea
Subregion Trabzon
  Electoral district Giresun
  Total 6,934 km2 (2,677 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
  Total 419,256
  Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0454
Vehicle registration 28
Çımaklı village in the Espiye district, Giresun

Giresun Province (Turkish: Giresun ili) is a province of Turkey on the Black Sea coast. Its adjacent provinces are Trabzon to the east, Gümüşhane to the south-east, Erzincan to the south, Sivas to the south-west, and Ordu to the west. The provincial capital is Giresun.


Giresun is an agricultural region of great natural beauty, especially in the highlands. The lower areas near the Black Sea coast are Turkey's largest producer of hazelnuts; a Giresun folk song tells "I will not eat a single hazelnut, unless you are by my side",[2] while another tells of a lover shot dead under a hazelnut tree.[3]

Forests and pasture cover the high mountainous regions, and in places there is mining of copper, zinc, iron and other metals. The mountain villages are remote, with poor roads and little else in the way of infrastructure. The hillsides are too steep for most forms of agriculture, and as a result, cornbread is the traditional meal, as wheat cannot be grown.

The climate is typical of this stretch of the Black Sea coast, i.e. very wet. Local flora includes bilberries (Turkish "taflan").


Giresun province is divided into 16 districts (capital district in bold):



Due to the dense forestry in Giresun, woodwork is among the common handcrafts in the region. Some small wooden handcrafts peculiar to the city are churns, külek (a storing pot for cheese), and spoons. One of the oldest handcrafts in the city is weaving. Wool, linen threads and similar raw marerials are spun in hand looms to produce various local clothes, heybe (shoulder bags) and bags. Strong threads and knitted threads are also produced in hand looms.


Some of the dishes peculiar to the city are corn soup (Mısır çorbası), cabbage soup (lahana çorbası), cabbage leaves stuffed with a meat filling (etli lahana sarması), black cabbage dish (karalahana yemeği or pancar yemeği), pilaf with anchovy (hamsili pilav), pilaf with cabbage (dible), kaygana, kuymak (made of cheese, cornmeal and butter)[4]

Places of interest

Notable residents

Aksu stream, Giresun


Writers and artists


Giresun province shares the folk music of the Black Sea region and is the birthplace of:

Other musicians include:

Sports people

Giresun in popular culture

See also


  1. Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
  2. bir fındığın içini yar senden ayrı yemem
  3. Giresun'un içinde yeşil fındık tarlası vurdular feride'mi yere düştü bohçası
  4. Giresun cuisine - Karadeniz mutfağı

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Coordinates: 40°34′47″N 38°35′40″E / 40.57972°N 38.59444°E / 40.57972; 38.59444

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