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Turkey Facts and Figures

When you think of a country like Turkey, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the famous blue mosques, or images of the beautiful Hagia Sophia. Maybe you think of some of the acclaimed writers who are Turkish such as Orhan Pamuk or the great wrestler, The Iron Sheik. Whatever your thoughts might be on the country, we at Fluent do not just love it – we also know a lot about it. After all, we have many amazing Turkish employees and partners! In this article, we’ll take you on an exciting tour of Turkey through its most interesting facts and statistics. Keep reading to learn more about this fascinating country!

A brief history of Turkey

Before we dive into the facts and statistics of Turkey, let’s take a quick look at the history of the country. Many ancient civilizations lived in the lands that are now part of modern-day Turkey such as Ancient Anatolia, Assyrians, Hittites, Mycenaeans and the Medes. The Ottoman Empire, founded by the Seljuk Turks, rose to power in the 13th century and thrived for nearly 700 years. The Ottoman Empire’s power began to decline in the late-19th century and ended with the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. After the war, the Ottoman Empire was dissolved and Turkey became a republic. During World War II, Turkey was neutral but later joined the Allies.

Language in Turkey

As with many countries around the world, the official language of Turkey is Turkish. It is spoken by over 80 million people and is the official language of all three of Turkey’s geographic neighbours – Greece, Iran, and Azerbaijan. The language is a Turkic language, and the majority of people who speak it live in Turkey. There are also large Turkish-speaking communities in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, and the former Soviet Union. The Turkish language is written in the Latin alphabet, which is why all of our articles are in English!

Interesting Facts about Turkey

- The country is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. - The Turkish lira is the currency of Turkey, and the country is one of the largest producers of pistachio nuts. - The capital city of Turkey is Ankara, and the largest city is Istanbul. - The top exports of Turkey are textiles, iron and steel, motor vehicles, and food and livestock. - The country’s official name is the Republic of Turkey. - Approximately 18% of the Turkish population is 65 or older. - The Turkish literacy rate is 99%.

15 Interesting Statistics about Turkey

  • -Turkey has a population of 79 million. 
  • According to the World Bank, Turkey has a GDP of $1.88 trillion.
  • Turkey’s annual inflation rate is 5.5%.
  •  The unemployment rate in Turkey is 8.3%.
  • The country’s total public debt is $237 billion
  • The annual average income per person in Turkey is $16,000.
  • The life expectancy in Turkey is 74 years.
  • Approximately 17% of the Turkish population lives below the poverty line.
  • The total number of internet users in Turkey is 65 million.
  • Approximately 90% of Turkish households have access to the internet.
  • The total number of mobile phone users in Turkey is 122 million.
  • Approximately 98% of Turkish households have access to a landline phone and 91% have access to a cell phone.
  • The average cost of goods and services in Turkey is $7,425 annually.

The Turkish economy

The Turkish economy is one of the largest economies in the region, and it is expected to grow by 3.5% in 2019. The country is also an important trade partner for the United States, as it is one of the top 10 destinations for American goods. The Turkish economy is heavily dependent on tourism and trade, which makes it vulnerable to changes in the global economy.

Now that you know some of the most interesting facts about Turkey, it’s time for you to book a trip there. The country has something for every type of traveller, and it’s a must-see destination. When you visit, be sure to remember to bring your camera – there’s no shortage of beautiful sights!

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