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Town in northeastern Turkey with 80,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate), situated on the Black Sea. it is the capital of Rize province with 370,000 inhabitants (2004 estimate).
The main activity of Rize is the administration and sale of tea produced in the region. The annual output is about 1 million raw tonnes, and the region has almost no other agricultural output. Rize has a tea research institute.
Rize is connected by road to Trabzon, 70 km west and Erzurum 300 km south, and by ship to Istanbul.
1923: The Christian population of Rize emigrates.
1930's: The tea plant is introduced to Rize region, and proves to be a huge success. Over the next decade, most farmers start producing tea exclusively.