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Aralık is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 39°53′22″N 44°31′09″E / 39.88944°N 44.51917°E / 39.88944; 44.51917Coordinates: 39°53′22″N 44°31′09″E / 39.88944°N 44.51917°E / 39.88944; 44.51917
Country Turkey
Province Iğdır
 • Mayor Bayram Teksay (DP)
 • Kaymakam Tolga Kamil Ersöz
 • District 709.23 km2 (273.84 sq mi)
Elevation 821 m (2,694 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 6,986
 • District 22,521
 • District density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
Post code 76500

Aralık (Kurdish: Başan‎; Azerbaijani: Aralıq; Armenian: Արալիխ Aralikh; Russian: Аралык) is a town and district of the Iğdır Province in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. It is the location of the Aras corridor, which connects Turkey with Azerbaijan. Part of the district forms the international border between Turkey and Armenia, which has been closed since 1993, and the border between Turkey and Iran. The town of Aralık is mainly inhabited by Azerbaijanis, but the district is largely Kurdish, especially around Mount Ararat in villages like Yenidoğan.[3]

Aras corridor[edit]

The district of Aralık includes the Aras corridor, which connects Turkey with Azerbaijan through the Nakhichevan exclave. The corridor is formed by the confluence of the Aras and Lower Karasu rivers and was ceded to Turkey by the Soviet Union in the Treaty of Kars.[4] It is predominately inhabited by Kurds and is the location of the Dilucu Border Gate, the only border crossing between Turkey and Azerbaijan, opened in May 1992.


Aralık Town Center's population
2007 7,239
2000 8,115
1997 7,983
1990 5,400
1985 4,700
1980 3,400


  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. 
  3. ^ Parrot, Friedrich (2016) [1846]. Journey to Ararat. Translated by William Desborough Cooley. Introduction by Pietro A. Shakarian. London: Gomidas Institute. pp. xxvi–xxvii. ISBN 978-1909382244. 
  4. ^ Parrot, p. xxix.

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