Wednesday, July 29, 2009



Capital: Ankara     

  • Centrally located between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East

  • Currency: Turkish Lira

  • Declaration of Republic: October 29, 1923

  • Ephesus and Halicarnasus (the place for the two of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world) are in Turkey

  • Founder: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

  • Largest city: Istanbul -> 12,697,164 (5th)

  • Population: 77,804,122

  • St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Patara and became the bishop of Demre, in Antalya

  • The famous Trojan Wars took place in Western Turkey, around the site where the Trojan horse rests today

  • The first church built by man (St. Peter’s Church) is in Antioch (Antakya), Turkey

  • The First Ecumenical Council was held in Iznik, Turkey

  • The number of species of flowers in Turkey is approximately 9,000, of which 3,000 are endemic. In Europe for instance there are 11,500 species. This shows the richness of flora and fauna in Anatolia

  • The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (7th Millenium B.C.)

  • Turkey has the 5th largest labor force compared to the 27 EU Countries, with over 24 million people in 2008

  • Turkey has the largest Muslim GDP (without any oil reserves)

  • Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO

  • Turkey is 15th largest economy in the world (IMF)

  • Turkey is 6th largest economy compared with the 27 EU Countries in 2008 (WEO)

  • Turkey is a `booming` country with a cumulative GDP increase of 143% between 2003 and 2008 totaling USD 742 billion

  • Turkey is a member of G20

  • Turkey is an important energy terminal and corridor in Europe connecting the East and the West

  • Turkey is in the EU Customs Union since 1996 and an EU accession country since October 2005
  • Turkey is the 15th most attractive FDI destination for 2008-2010 (UNCTAD) 

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