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Turkey

Turkey

Official name: Republic of Turkey

Capital city: Ankara; largest city is Istanbul

Area: 783,562 square kilometers (302,535 square miles)

Population: 75.6 million

People: Majority Turks (70-75%). Certain non-Muslim minorities recognized under the Treaty of Lausanne including Jews, Armenians and Greeks. Other ethnic peoples include Kurds (18%), Circassians and Bosnians

Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish

Religions: Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion. Islam is the dominantly practiced religion Turkey; it exceeds 99% (mostly Sunni)

Currency: Turkish lira (TL)

Government type: Unitary parliamentary republic

U.S. – Turkey relations:

The United States and Turkey have established full diplomatic relationships since 1947 when the United States made a commitment to assist Turkey in advancing its economy and stability. The United States has provided loans and grants – around 21 billion dollars – to Turkey. Both countries share common goals of promoting regional security and stability in the Middle East, strategic energy cooperation, trade and investment, security ties, counterterrorism, and human rights progress.

Turkey Archives

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    • A UK court ruling could send a Yazidi refugee back to a life of fear July 19, 2018
      Passing by the red brick houses of Stoke-on-Trent, Majhor Abdullah Hagi heads to his English-language class. The quaint English city, known for its pottery and landscape gardens, is a far cry from the genocide he escaped four years ago. But on Tuesday, a UK court ruling could catapult him back to a life of fear […]
    • 'World's largest vertical farm' to feed Middle East's high-fliers July 10, 2018
      Water scarcity in the UAE is second only to Kuwait in the Middle East, so when it comes to farming, a smart approach is required. Now high-tech, low-water agriculture is set for a new superlative with the announcement of the world's largest vertical farm in Dubai -- and the produce could soon be coming to […]
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