Hatay, Metropolitan Municipality

Hatay Province is one of the 81 provinces of Turkey, located in the south of the country, on the Mediterranean coast. After the First World War and with the partition of the Ottoman Empire, the region was occupied by France and until 1938 it formed part of the French mandate in Syria. Since 1938, and for one year, it existed as a semi-independent entity under the name of Hatay State. For statistical purposes, it is part of the Mediterranean Region.

Its capital is Antioch. Another famous city in the province is Alexandretta. It has an area of ​​5,524 km² and a population, in the year 2000, of 1,575,226 inhabitants, which gives a population density of 261 inhab/km².

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