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Zonguldak, Turkey
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Zonguldak, Turkey
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Zonguldak, Turkey
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City in northwestern Turkey with 130,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate), situated on the Black Sea coast. It is the capital of the Zonguldak Province with 620,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate).
About 80% of Zonguldak's labour force is engaged in work related to coal. The city also has chemical plants and coke ovens. The surrounding region produces corn like maize, flax and vegetables. The main teaching institution is The Zonguldak Technical School of Mining.
Zonguldak is connected by road and rail with Ankara and by sea with Istanbul.
It is a charming city, with a dramatic approach through a tree-lined gorge. There are no particular monuments, and due to its coal mining industry, Zonguldak is heavily polluted.

History
Middle 19th century: Coal mining starts near Zonguldak.
1940: Extensive coal mining plants are established by the Turkish authorities, bringing a boom in population and economy for Zonguldak.




By Tore Kjeilen