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Full nameTurkey
Official nameMersin
Settlement typeCity
MayorMacit Özcan (CHP)
Total Area684 sq mi (1772|elevation_m=100 km2)
Elevation328.1 ft (100 m)
Density (pop.)466/km2 (1206.9/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)843429
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code33XXX
Area code(+90) 324
Licence plate33|blank_name=Licence plate

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Mersin ( , Ancient Greek: Ζεφύριον, Zephyrion) is a large city and a busy port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. The metropolitan area in the entire Mersin Province had a population of 843,429 as of 2010, making it Turkey's tenth most populous city. It is also part of an interurban agglomeration - Adana-Mersin Metropolitan Area and lies on the west part of Çukurova, a geographical, economical and cultural region. According to Evliya Çelebi, the city is named after the Mersinoğullari tribe; another theory is that it is derived from the myrtle ( ) which grows abundantly in the region.

Mersin is important for Turkey's economy, and Turkey's biggest port is located here.

Slogan:The Pearl of Mediterranean (Turkish: Akdeniz'in İncisi)

Mersin will host the 2013 Mediterranean Games.

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