Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Turkey
  • Declaration of Republic 1923
  • Location: southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria
  • Capital: Ankara (pop. 4.75 million)
  • Population: 79,414,269
  • Divided into 8 provinces
  • Official language: Turkish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Economy: based on tourism, banking, oil refining, mining, automotive industry, and several others
  • Climate: hot dry summers with mild to cool winters
  • Literacy rate: 95%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republican parliamentary democracy
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (since 2014)
  • Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (since 2014)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 16/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 18.87/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 74.57 years
  • Health expenditures: 5.6% GDP
  • Physicians density: 1.71/1,000
  • Hospital bed bed density: 2.5/1,000
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]


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