• Turkey is the fifth most visited country by tourists on the Asian continent.
  • Population: 79.5 million
    • Istanbul is the third most dense city in Europe after Moscow and Paris.
    • Joining the European Union has been a longstanding ambition, but stalled over Turkey’s human rights record.
  • Major languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish
  • Kurds make up about a fifth of the population.
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 79 (women)
  • Currency: Turkish lira


  • Area: 779,452 sq km (300,948 sq miles)
  • Turkey is partially located in both Europe and Asia.
    • Turkey, by land mass, is positioned 95% in Asia and 5% in Europe.


  • Turkey wishes to join the European Union, but has been denied membership at the objections of Cyprus, Germany, and France.
  • Visa liberalization is a top priority for Turkey as they wish their citizens have visa-free travel in the Schengen area


  • On the verge of overtourism: Istanbul (World Travel & Tourism Council, 2019)
  • Canadians require a visa.


  • The land border between Turkey and Armenia is closed.
  • Fethiye to Antalya (Spring and fall are the best time)
    • rock tombs of Myra
    • the eternally burning flames of Chimera
    • seaside amphitheater of Antiphellos

Coffee Notes

  • Istanbul: Drink like the locals with a warm cup of Turk Hahvesi.
  • This coffee has been described as something that is “remembered for 40 years.”
  • Traditionally the coffee, which is listed on the UNESCO intangible heritage register, is served after meals from a long-handles copper pot called a cezve.
  • About $2 a cup.


Turkey’s World Ranking 2018 (WEF)

  • Roads quality: 33rd
  • Innovation capability: 47th
  • Life expectancy: 47th
  • Reliability of police services: 90th
  • Property rights: 96th
  • Judicial independence: 111th
  • Freedom of the press: 129th
  • Quality of vocational training: 132nd


This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet