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Tunceli Tunceli old name ) is a city in Turkey. It is the capital of Tunceli Province, located in the middle of Eastern Anatolia Region. The former name of Tunceli was Mamiki (from the Armenian, Mamikon)(then known as Kalan) was a part of the region named Dersim. In 1847 Dersim was declared a sanjak (a historical administrative unit smaller than the province). The capital of the sanjak was Hozat. During the Republican period Tunceli Province was established in 1935. In 1946 the former town of Kalan was renamed as Tunceli and it was declared as the capital city of the province.As a result of the Turkish campaign of "Turkisation" Tunceli became a main target of Turkish officials after the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Tunceli played a role in the Dersim rebellion which has controversially been described as a genocide.Today, Tunceli still has to fight against accusations of supporting the illegal PKK-terror organisation and is facing exclusion from the wider Turkish society. Nevertheless, Tunceli also makes a name by excellent rankings in National Education statistics.EconomyThe main economic activity is animal breeding. Wheat is the only notable agricultural product. There are chromium salt and marble deposits. But only salt is produced. There are a few factories based on agriculture.ClimateTunceli has a dry-summer continental climate (Köppen climate classification: DsaTunceli is in Tunceli Province. Use our Turkey trip site to plan your trip to Tunceli and other destinations in Turkey.
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