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Samsun
Metropolitan municipality
In order: Artificial lake near Liberation wharf, Statue of Honor in Belediye Park, Istiklal Street, bottom: View of SS Bandırma museum ship, Samsun tram, wall of covered market.
In order: Artificial lake near Liberation wharf, Statue of Honor in Belediye Park, Istiklal Street, bottom: View of SS Bandırma museum ship, Samsun tram, wall of covered market.
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Coordinates: 41°17′25″N 36°20′01″E / 41.29028°N 36.33361°E / 41.29028; 36.33361Coordinates: 41°17′25″N 36°20′01″E / 41.29028°N 36.33361°E / 41.29028; 36.33361
Country  Turkey
Region Black Sea
Province Samsun
Boroughs
Area
 • Metropolitan municipality 1,055 km2 (407 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2013)
 • Density 573/km2 (1,480/sq mi)
 • Urban
605,319
Time zone UTC+3 (FET)
Postal code
55
Area code(s) (+90) 362
Licence plate 55
Climate Cfa
Website www.samsun.bel.tr www.samsun.gov.tr

Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. It is the provincial capital of Samsun Province and a major Black Sea port. The growing city has two universities, several hospitals, shopping malls, much light manufacturing industry, sports facilities and an opera.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk began the Turkish War of Independence here in 1919.

About 600,000 people live in Samsun.

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