|Republic of Turkey
|Motto: Peace at Home, Peace in the World|
|Anthem: İstiklal Marşı
Location of Turkey
|Ethnic groups ()||70–75% Turks
|-||Prime Minister||Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|
|-||Speaker of the Parliament||Cemil Çiçek|
|-||President of the Constitutional Court||Haşim Kılıç|
|Legislature||Grand National Assembly|
|Succession to the Ottoman Empire to the Ottoman Empire|
|-||Treaty of Lausanne||24 July 1923|
|-||Declaration of Republic||29 October 1923|
|-||Total||783,562 km2 (37th)
302,535 sq mi
|-||2012 estimate||74,724,269 (17th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|-||Total||$1.288 trillion (15th)|
|-||Per capita||$17,499 (52nd)|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|-||Total||$774.336 billion (18th)|
|-||Per capita||$10,362 (61st)|
|HDI (2011)|| 0.699
medium · 92nd
|Currency||Turkish liraa (
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|-||Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Date format||dd/mm/yyyy (AD)|
|Drives on the||right|
|a. The Turkish lira (Türk Lirası, TL) replaced the Turkish new lira on 1 January 2009.|
Turkey was founded in 1923, after the war of independence (Kurtuluş Savaşı). Before that, Turkey was the core of the Ottoman Empire. This war of independence was between 1919-1922 after World War I. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first President of Turkey, made many changes that made Turkey more modern. But some people did not like some of the things he did because they thought they were against Islam. Religious secondary schools were gotten rid of, for example.
Modern Turkey has a strong economy. Its warm climate lets many kinds of food crops grow, and livestock and forestry are important industries. Turkey is one of the countries in the world that can make enough food to feed itself. There is a strong manufacturing sector making airplanes, electronics, cars, clothing and textiles for home and for other countries.
History[change | edit source]
People have been living in Anatolia (the Asian part of Turkey - also called Asia Minor) longer than almost anywhere else in the world, except Africa.
The first major Empire in the area was the Hittites (during the 18th century to the 13th century BC). The Hittites, who spoke one of the Indo-European languages, developed a high culture from Central Anatolia. Their Kingdom was destroyed by the Cimmerians in the 7th century BC and the successor States were Lydia, Caria and Lycia.
From 1950 BCE, Greeks and Assyrians inhabited parts of southeastern Turkey. The Assyrian capital was named Tushhan (900-600 BC). The Assyrians ruled over southeastern Turkey until the Assyrian Empire was conquered by Babylonia in the year 612 BC. Then Antatolia became home for various kingdoms including the Persian Achaemenid, Hellenistic kingdoms, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) and Mongol Empire.
During the 14th century, after the fall of the Mongol Empire, Lord Osman built a new empire named after himself: the Ottoman Empire. It became one of the longest existing empires of all time. The Empire also stretched across the Balkans, (Yugoslavia and Bulgaria) in Europe. The Kingdom was ruled by Muslim law, but even the Christian minorities had freedom of speech.[source?]
In World War 1 the Ottoman Empire was one of the Central Powers. During the war, 1,500,000 Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were massacred in the Armenian Genocide. Turkey denies that the event was genocide. The Central Powers lost the war and the Ottoman Empire was destroyed, but after that Ataturk led the army to get rid of foreign enemies, like the Greeks, and became the leader of Turkey.
For many years Kurdish guerrillas (usually called the "PKK") fought the Turkish government. They said they were fighting so that the Kurds in the south east of Turkey could have autonomy and decide more things for themselves. But the government and most other countries in the world said they were terrorists. In 2013 the PKK stopped fighting.
People[change | edit source]
Most Turks are Muslim.
Turkish people have many ethnic and famous foods, such as manti, kebab, iskender, Turkish dessert, baklava, ciboria, icli kofte, and other foods.
A lot of the people in Turkey are teenagers or young adults.
European Union[change | edit source]
Economy[change | edit source]
In the 1970s many Turks moved to other countries, like Germany, to get good jobs. They often come back to Turkey for their summer holidays.
Until the 1980s the government owned most companies, but then Prime Minister Turgut Özal sold them. Before, foreigners were usually not allowed to buy companies or land or houses, but now they are allowed to. Earthquakes in 1994, 1999, and 2001 slowed economic growth a bit.
Turkey mostly buys and sells with the EU (59% of what it sold and 41% of what it bought in 2005), the United States, the Russian Federation, and Japan. Turkey and the EU agreed not to put a lot of tax on what they buy and sell to each other. After that it was easier for Turkish factories to sell stuff to the EU and for businesspeople in the EU to buy companies in Turkey.
Turkey has not got any gas underground so it spends a lot of money buying gas from other countries, like Russia.
Provinces[change | edit source]
The capital city of Turkey is Ankara. The largest and the most crowded city is Istanbul which is the only city in the world that has land on two different continents. The third largest city is the coastal city of Izmir which is the main port of the country. Turkey is divided into 81 provinces. Each province has its own little government but they can only make decisions about small things: the government in Ankara decides important issues. The provinces are in 7 regions. Each province is divided into districts. There are 923 districts altogether.
Culture[change | edit source]
Language[change | edit source]
Most people in Turkey speak Turkish. It belongs to the Turkic language group, which also includes many other languages spoken across Asia, such as Azerbaijani and Tatar. The Turkish language came from central Asia, but now it is a bit different from the languages spoken in central Asia.
Many young people can also speak English.
Earthquakes[change | edit source]
The 1999 İzmit earthquake was an approximately 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck northwestern Turkey on August 17, 1999, at about 3:02am local time 18.000 people died in the earthquake. Many people have been killed by earthquakes in Turkey.
Other websites[change | edit source]
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