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Canik is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 41°16′19″N 36°21′03″E / 41.27194°N 36.35083°E / 41.27194; 36.35083Coordinates: 41°16′19″N 36°21′03″E / 41.27194°N 36.35083°E / 41.27194; 36.35083
Country Turkey
Province Samsun
Population (2012)[1]
 • Urban 72,677
 • District 92,201

Canik is one of the main municipalities in Samsun, located at the east of the city center. The Municipality had 89.753 inhabitants as of the 2009 census.[2]

Canik became one of the four town municipalities under the patronage of Samsun Metropolitan Municipality in 1994. The region was largely settled by middle and lower working-class people in those days, but recent years made a big impact in the local economy. In 2009, Canik's status changed with other Metropolitan areas Ilkadim, Atakum and Tekkekoy, and it was turned into a borough instead of a small town.


The first mention of Canik in Turkish sources occurs in Dânişmendnâme, where it is cited as a Georgian fortress.[citation needed] The name may be derived from "Chan" (Laz) - the name of Georgian tribes Č’ani (ჭანი) in Georgian).[3][4] There were Beyliks of Canik, before this region became a part of the Ottoman Empire. Assyrian, Urartian, Greek, and Roman documents reveal that in early historical times (2nd-1st millennia B.C.), the numerous Kartvelian tribes were in the process of migrating into the Caucasus from the southwest.[citation needed] The northern coast and coastal mountains of Asia Minor were dominated by Kartvelian peoples at least as far west as Samsun.[citation needed]


It is located on the north, Black Sea coast of Turkey.


  1. ^ "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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  3. ^ В.С. Гарбузова, Сказание о мелике Данышменде, Издaние восточной литературы, М., 1959, стр. 82 (in Russian)
  4. ^ V. Cuinet, La Turquia d'Asia, París 1890.