Derik, Turkey

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This article is about the Turkish district. For the Syrian city, see Derik, Syria. For places in Iran, see Derik, Iran.
For the given name, see Derek.
Derik, is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°21′57″N 40°16′11″E / 37.36583°N 40.26972°E / 37.36583; 40.26972Coordinates: 37°21′57″N 40°16′11″E / 37.36583°N 40.26972°E / 37.36583; 40.26972
Country Turkey
Province Mardin
 • Mayor Sebahat Çetinkaya (BDP)
 • Kaymakam Hüseyin Avcı
 • District 1,323.30 km2 (510.93 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 20,668
 • District 59,960
 • District density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Post code 47800
Derik Landscape 1

Derik (Kurdish: Dêrika Çiyayê Mazî) is a district of the Mardin Province in the southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey. It has borders with Mazıdağı, Viranşehir and Kızıltepe.

Geographically the town includes areas from Mazıdağı foot descending towards Ceylanpınar plains. Town area descends from the north to the south. The city center is surrounded by mountains from 3 sides and has a temperate climate with some mediterranean climate effects.

Until the 1930s, the Armenian population of the county was higher than that of the Muslim Kurds. Relocation by the Ottoman state law and then the Republic of Turkey lead to the Armenian population of the county to become reduced to almost nothing.

Forests recently are turning out to be increasing and crowding. Here although mostly cereals is being cultivated, in the last years drilling water wells and construction of irrigation ponds lets the industrial plants to be produced as well. Additionally, olive, grape and different kinds of fruit trees/gardens are common.


  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 

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