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 southeast, Erzincan to the south, Sivas to the southwest, and Ordu to the west. The provincial capital is Giresun.
Location of Giresun Province in Turkey
|Region||East Black Sea|
|• Electoral district||Giresun|
|• Total||6,934 km2 (2,677 sq mi)|
|• Density||65/km2 (170/sq mi)|
Giresun is an agricultural region and its lower areas, near the Black Sea coast. It is Turkey's largest producer of hazelnuts; a Giresun folk song tells "I will not eat a single hazelnut, unless you are by my side," while another tells of a lover shot dead under a hazelnut tree.
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.
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 materials 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), kale soup (kara 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)
Places of interest
- Rahşan Ecevit (1923, Bursa - ), wife of former Turkish Prime Minister, Bülent Ecevit, born to a Şebinkarahisar family
- Hayrettin Erkmen (b Tirebolu - ), former foreign minister
- Harun Karadeniz (1942, Alucra - 1975), writer and student activist leader of the 1968 generation
- İdris Küçükömer (1925, Giresun - 1987), economist and thinker
- Topal Osman (1883, Giresun - 2 Nisan 1923, Ankara), soldier and commander in the Turkish War of Independence
- Mustafa Suphi (1883, Giresun - 1921), founder of the Communist Party of Turkey
- Naim Tirali (1925, Giresun - ), journalist and politician
- Hasan Âli Yücel (1897, İstanbul – 1961), poet, thinker and politician, former minister of education, born to a Görele family
Writers and artists
- Kadir Çelik (b Görele ), TV producer and presenter
- Hulki Cevizoğlu (b 1958, Giresun - ), journalist, TV presenter and producer, specialises in political debate
- Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu (1913, Görele - 1975, Istanbul), painter and poet
- Hamit Görele (1903, Görele - 1980, Istanbul), painter
- Ergin Günçe (1938, Giresun - 1983), poet
- İlyas İlbey, actor, husband of Yasemin Yalçın
- Şafak Karaman (b 1967, Trabzon - ), minor celebrity and TV presenter, born to a Tirebolu family
- Fatih Kırtorun (1985, Görele - ), writer and poet
- Salih Memecan (1952, Giresun - ), cartoonist of Sabah newspaper
- Fethi Naci (1927, Giresun - ), writer and critic
- Aziz Nesin (1915, Şebinkarahisar - 1995), writer and journalist
- Yaman Okay (b 1951, Giresun -), actor and film director
- Öztürk Serengil, well-known film actor, father of Seren Serengil, grew up in Giresun
- Ahmet Yalçınkaya (b 1963, Giresun ), poet
- İlker Yasin, Kanal Ds football commentator
- Furkan ÇELİK, Develispor is Footballer.
Giresun province shares the folk music of the Black Sea region and is the birthplace of:
- Picoğlu Osman (b. 1901, Görele - d. 1946 Amasra), folk musician, considered to be one of the best kemençe players
- Katip Şadi (b 1932, Görele -), folk musician, kemençe player
Other musicians include:
- Ozan Arif (1949, Alucra - ), poet, lyricist, balladeer of the extreme right MHP
- Bahadır Aydoğan, Arabesk style singer
- Mustafa Küçük, folk-arabesk musician
- Gökhan Semiz (1968, Istanbul - 1998 İstanbul), member of the pop music group Group Vitamin; family from Giresun
- Teoman (1967, Alucra - ), rock singer
Giresun in popular culture
- The TV series Uy Başuma Gelenler was filmed in the village of Düzköy. It is the story of a young man from Istanbul who inherits a hazelnut grove in Giresun (a Turkish twist on Monarch of the Glen).
- The folk song "Giresun üstünde vapur bağrıyor" ("Eşref Bey Ağıtı") has been recorded by a number of artists including Ismail Hakkı Demircioğlu, and tells of a wounded soldier dying in Giresun.
- "Giresun'un içinde" has been sung by Musa Eroğlu, Selda Bağcan and Fuat Saka, who also sang "Lazutlar," which means corn in the local dialect and is a kind of Cider with Rosie rural idyll in verse.
- Ahmet Kaya sang "Mican," a ballad about a local bandit in the mountains.