Ordu Province

Ordu Province
Ordu ili
Province of Turkey

Location of Ordu Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region East Black Sea
Subregion Trabzon
  Electoral district Ordu
  Total 6,001 km2 (2,317 sq mi)
Population (2010-12-31)[1]
  Total 719,183
  Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0452
Vehicle registration 52

Ordu Province (Turkish: Ordu ili) is a province of Turkey, located on the Black Sea coast. Its adjacent provinces are Samsun to the northwest, Tokat to the southwest, Sivas to the south, and Giresun to the east. Its license-plate code is 52. The capital of the province is the city of Ordu.


Ordu is the word for 'army' in current Turkish, originally meaning 'army camp', during the Ottoman empire an army outpost was set up near the present day city. The city, and later the province, derived its name from this.

Ordu is a strip of Black Sea coast and the hills behind, historically an agricultural and fishing area and in recent years, tourism has seen an increase, mainly visitors from Russia and Georgia, as Ordu boasts some of the best beaches, rivers, and lush, green mountains on the Black Sea coast. Walking in the high pastures is now a popular excursion for Turkish holidaymakers. The higher altitudes are covered in forest.

Melet River, Bolaman River, Elekçi River, Turnasuyu Stream, Akçaova Stream and Civil Stream are the main rivers of the province. The topography of the province is not conducive to lake formation and only two major lakes, Gaga Lake and Ulugöl, are present in Ordu.[2]


The economy of the province depends on agriculture. Ordu is famous for hazelnuts. Turkey as a whole produces about 70 percent of the world's hazelnuts,[3] and Ordu is the chief producer in Turkey, responsible for 150,000–180,000 tonnes per year, which amounts to around 30% of Turkey's production. Hazelnuts production takes around 88% of Ordu's arable land, the remainder mainly consists of corn and wheat fields. Whilst covering only 0.1% of the arable land of the province, Ordu's kiwi production is the second largest in the country after Yalova. Beekeeping is also important in Ordu, which produced in 2010 12.8% of honey produced in Turkey.[4]


Mostly Chepni Turks and other Oghuz Turks live here and the province is home to a minority of Cheveneburi Georgians.[5]

In recent decades many people from Ordu have migrated away to jobs in Istanbul, Bursa, Samsun, Sakarya or abroad.


Ordu province is divided into 19 districts (capital district in bold):

Places to see

Ordu has an attractive coast including pretty bays and the cleanest and longest beaches on this stretch of the Black Sea coast. Specific sites include:

Well-known residents



  1. Turkish Statistical Institute, MS Excel document – Population of province/district centers and towns/villages and population growth rate by provinces
  2. Ordu İli Doğa Turizmi Master Planı (PDF). Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Management. pp. 24–5. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  3. Inventory Of Hazelnut Research, Germplasm And References
  4. Ordu İli Doğa Turizmi Master Planı (PDF). Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Management. pp. 30–1. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  5. Chveneburi.Net :: Yeni Sayaca Köyü – Ulubey – Ordu
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Coordinates: 40°48′41″N 37°32′26″E / 40.81139°N 37.54056°E / 40.81139; 37.54056

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