Elazığ Province

Elâzığ Province (Turkish: Elâzığ ili) is a province of Turkey with its seat in the city of Elâzığ. The source of the Euphrates river is located in this province.

Elâzığ Province

Elazığ ili
Location of Elâzığ Province in Turkey
CountryTurkey
RegionCentral East Anatolia
SubregionMalatya
Government
  Electoral districtElâzığ
  GovernorMuammer Erol
Area
  Total8,455 km2 (3,264 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
  Total595,638
  Density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Area code(s)00424
Vehicle registration23
Websiteelazig.gov.tr

The province had a population of 568,753 in 2014. The population of the province was 569,616 in 2000 and 498,225 in 1990. The total area of the province is 8,455 square kilometres (3,264 sq mi), 826 km2 (319 sq mi) of which is covered by reservoirs and natural lakes.

The current governor of the province is Muammer Erol (since 2006). Turks, Zazas and Kurds are the majority in the province.[2]

Geography

Elâzığ stretches in a general west-southwest to east-northeast direction, along the line of equal geographic latitude and longitude.

Districts

Elâzığ province is divided into 11 districts (capital district in bold):

Economy

Historically, Elazığ Province produced silver, which ceased being mined in 1885. The Turkish government attempted to modernize the mines; however, the cost of fuel and energy caused the shut down. There was a silver mine still producing in 1903 in Palu, as with coal. Coal is also found in other areas of the province. Gold and salt was also produced.[3]

Archaeology

Altinova, Elazig was an important archaeological site in the Altınova plain that was excavated in the 1970s. It was later flooded by the Keban Dam. Other sites in the Altinova plain were also Tepecik, Korucutepe, Değirmentepe, and Körtepe.

See also

References

  1. "Population of provinces by years - 2000-2018". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. Khanam, R. (2005). Encyclopaedic Ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia. A-I, V. 1. Global Vision Publishing House. p. 470. ISBN 9788182200623.
  3. Prothero, W.G. (1920). Armenia and Kurdistan. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 74.

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