- 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
- Canadians require a visa.
- 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