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GENERAL INFORMATION

Population: 67 mil. of inhabitants

Capital: Ankara

Language: Turkish language; written in Latin Alphabet

Religion: 99% Muslims

Currency: New Turkish Lira (YTL)

Government: democratic, secular and social state governed by the rule of law

Major cities: Istanbul with 10 mil of inhabitants; Ankara with 4 mil; Izmir with 3.3 mil; Konya with 2.2 mil; Bursa with 2.1 mil and Adana with 1.8 mil of inhabitants.

Time: GMT + 2 hours; same time zone all over the country

Electricity: 220 VAC throughout Turkey Tap

Water: Safe to drink in all the cities

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MORE ABOUT TURKEY:

History

Turkey has been called the cradle of civilization. Catalhoyuk is a neolithic city and the first town in the world which dates back to 6,500 BC. Turkey is a country of rich historical and cultural heritage.

Gastronomy

Turkish cuisine cannot be distinguished with the basic meal but it stands out for its variety, ways of preparing and preserving food, techniques, eating manners, equipment and utensils required for preparation.

Climate in Turkey

Weather is conditioned by variety of climates in Turkey due to diverse nature of the landscape. Each region with different conditions, from the Mediterranean climate to the Continental one, and then the temperate climate of the Black Sea region.

Culture and events

The Turkish culture is rather diverse, influenced by the Ottoman Empire, European and Islamic traditions and is reflected in different aspects of life. Architecture was quite important with social and religious complex built around the mosques