Location of Kalkandere within Turkey.
|• Mayor||Kenan Yıldırım (SP)|
|• District||115.68 km2 (44.66 sq mi)|
|Elevation||- 1,000 m (−3,000 ft)|
|• District density||100/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||(0090)+ 464|
Formerly known as Karadere, this is a hilly, forested, rural area of scattered villages, inland from the Black Sea coast. There is little flat land and this is an impoverished area losing its population as they migrate away to jobs in other parts of Turkey or abroad. The local economy depends on growing tea on the hillsides. 90% of the agricultural land is tea plantations and there are tea processing plants in the town. Tea was planted in the 1950s and has brought new life to the area. Other activities include bee-keeping.
Kalkandere itself is a small town providing public services to the surrounding area. There are primary schools in the villages but children must come into town for high school.
See Rize Province for the history of this area.
Places of interest
There is a picnic area on the road between Kalkandere and İkizdere.
- "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.
- District governor's official website (in Turkish)
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