Flag of Turkey

Flag of Turkey

Facts

  • Population » 79.5 million
    • Kurds make up about a fifth of the population.
    • Istanbul is the third most dense city in Europe after Moscow and Paris.
  • Languages » Turkish (official), Kurdish, English is also widely spoken
  • Major religion » Islam
  • Life expectancy » 72 years (men), 79 (women)
  • Currency » Turkish lira
  • Turkish Time (TRT) » UTC+03:00 year-round
  • Electricity » 230 V @ 50 Hz
    • Plug Type » C / F

Geography

  • 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.
  • At 8400 km (5219 mi), Turkey has more coastline than any other Mediterranean country.
  • Turkey borders Armenia, Iran, and Azerbaijan in the east, Georgia in the northeast, Bulgaria and Greece in the northwest, and Iraq and Syria in the southeast.
Map of Turkey

Map of Turkey (Source » WikiVoyage, 2022)

Maps

History

  • Turkey’s history spans nearly 10,000 years. Along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, there are acres of ancient remains – many world-renowned – from the ruins of Greek cities to sunken Roman harbours and crusader castles.

Health

Climate

  • Climate varies greatly from one region to another. Generally, spring is the best season to visit as the weather is moderate throughout Turkey and the days are long. Summers are quite hot and dry.
  • Climate of Turkey » Wikipedia
  • Climate Change in Turkey » Wikipedia

Tourism

  • Turkey is the fifth most visited country by tourists on the Asian continent.
  • Istanbul, pre-pandemic, was on the verge of over-tourism (World Travel & Tourism Council, 2019)
  • Highlights
    • Ani » Capital of the Armenian Bagratid dynasty until the 11th century, and situated on key trade routes – in the far east of Turkey
    • Underground Cities and Carved Castles of Cappadocia (Fodor / Google)
    • Fethiye to Antalya (Spring and fall are the best time)
      • rock tombs of Myra
      • the eternally burning flames of Chimera
      • seaside amphitheater of Antiphellos
    • Recommended accommodations » Marianne and Chris of Tread the Globe repeated stayed at The Osmanli Hani in Dalyan and were treaded very well during the Covid lockdowns.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Tourism Resources

Visa

  • Canadians travelling to Turkey for tourism or trade should purchase an e-visa prior to entering the country. (June 2021)
    • To renew a 90-day visa, you must leave the country for at least 90 days before being allowed to re-enter.
    • If you wish to remain in Turkey for longer than 90 consecutive days, you must obtain a residence permit from the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management in the province in which you reside.
    • When your e-Visa expires, you are not allowed to apply for a new e-Visa without departing from Turkey.

Vehicle-Supported Adventure Travel

  • Drive » Right Side
  • The land border between Turkey and Armenia is closed. (Wikipedia)

Notes

  • President Erdogan wants the English speaking world to adapt the Turkish pronunciation of it’s country » Türkiye (BBC / DW –  Updated June 2022)
  • Turkey wishes to join the European Union, but has been denied membership at the objections of Cyprus, Germany, and France. (2021)
    • Joining the European Union has been a longstanding ambition, but stalled over Turkey’s human rights record.
  • Visa liberalization is a top priority for Turkey as they wish their citizens have visa-free travel in the Schengen area

Coffee Notes

  • Research indicates tea is more common
  • 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.
Map of Turkey (Source » France, 2021)

Map of Turkey (Source » France, 2021)

Safety and Security

Government Travel Advice

Turkey’s World Rankings

  • #34 in Best Countries Overall 2021 (US News and World Report)
    • #35 Best Overall in 2020
    • Ranked 21st in the world for Adventure in 2021
  • World Economic Forum 2018
    • 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

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Last Updated on June 28, 2022