|• Mayor||Halil Turan (AKP)|
|• District||89.44 km2 (34.53 sq mi)|
|• District density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
Güneysu was formerly named in Greek Potamya (Ποταμιά, "river village") and the name persists in local usage to this day, as Güneysu stands on a plain watered by the Potomya River, a tributary of the Taşlıdere.
This is a hilly district of rivers and valleys, inland from the Black Sea coast, with peaks inland as high as 2000 m. The climate is wet, hence the number of valleys that have been cut though by mountain streams, so floods and landslides are a constant threat even today. The coastal vegetation is broad-leaved but the higher land is pine forest, with Alpine plants in the high meadows up in the Kaçkar Mountains.
Güneysu is an impoverished rural district losing much of its population as they migrate to jobs elsewhere (some of Turkey's biggest construction firms have their roots here for example). The main source of income is growing tea and in recent years kiwi fruit. Other crops are mainly grown in family gardens for personal use. The only industry is tea processing, and Güneysu is a centre of this for the Rize province.
|Climate data for Güneysu|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||5.6
|Precipitation mm (inches)||176
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is from a Güneysu family, spent part of his childhood here, and still regularly visits the district.
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "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.
- "Climate: Güneysu". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
- District governor's official website (Turkish)
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