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Turkey

Background

Turkey

Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the People's Congress of Kurdistan or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2004, KGK announced an end to its ceasefire and attacks attributed to the KGK increased. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

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For other places with the same name, see Turkey (disambiguation).

Turkey (Türkiye) is on the Mediterranean, in the Anatolian region of West Asia, with a small section in Southeastern Europe separated by the Turkish Straits (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles). With the Black Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea in the west and Mediterranean Sea to the southwest, Turkey is surrounded by Bulgaria and Greece to the west, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the northeast, Syria, Iraq and Iran to the southeast.

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TurkeyGrand Hyatt Istanbul 

Taskisla Caddesi Taksim
Istanbul 34437
Turkey

Price (US$): $145 - $282 / night

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Location. Grand Hyatt Istanbul is a business friendly hotel located in Istanbul's Centro de Istambul neighborhood, close to Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Taksim Square. Additional points of interest include Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque. Hotel Features. Grand Hyatt Istanbul features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna, a fitness… more »

TurkeyElegance Hotels International 

Siteler Mah. 209 sk. No:4
Marmaris 48700
Turkey

Price (US$): $124 - $125 / night

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Location. Elegance Hotels International is located near the beach in Marmaris and close to Marmaris Castle and Marmaris Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Elegance Hotels International include 4 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor swimming pools. Also located on site are a children's pool, a health club, a sauna, a… more »

TurkeyGarden of Sun Hotel 

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Didim
Turkey

Price (US$): $79 - $85 / night

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Location. Garden of Sun Hotel is located on the beach in Didim's Altinkum neighborhood, close to Altinkum Beach, Temple of Apollo, and Didyma. Hotel Features. Dining options at Garden of Sun Hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. Spa amenities include spa services,… more »

TurkeyFuat Pasa Mansion - Special Class 

Cayirbasi Cad. No:148
Buyukdere
Istanbul 34450
Turkey

Price (US$): $140 - $1662 / night

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Location. Located in Istanbul, Fuat Pasa Mansion Special Class is by the sea and close to Sadberk Hanim Museum, Joshua's Hill, and Beykoz Kasri. Nearby points of interest also include Parkorman and Sait Halim Pasha Mansion. Hotel Features. Dining options at Fuat Pasa Mansion Special Class include 3 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the breakfast room. Recreational amenities… more »

TurkeySirene Belek Hotel 

Belek Turizm Merkezi Yeni Mah.
Uckumtepesi Cad, No18 Kadriye Serik
Belek 07500
Turkey

Price (US$): $165 - $194 / night

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Location. Sirene Belek Hotel is located on the beach in Belek and local attractions include Antalium Premium Mall. Other regional attractions include Perga and Aspendos Theatre. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sirene Belek Hotel include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities… more »

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Turkey

Full name
Republic of Turkey
Capital
Ankara
Location

Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria

Geographic coordinates

39 00 N, 35 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than Texas

Border countries

Armenia 268 km, Azerbaijan 9 km, Bulgaria 240 km, Georgia 252 km, Greece 206 km, Iran 499 km, Iraq 352 km, Syria 822 km

Coastline

7,200 km

Climate

temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior

Terrain

high central plateau (Anatolia); narrow coastal plain; several mountain ranges

Lowest point

Mediterranean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mount Ararat 5,166 m

Natural resources

coal, iron ore, copper, chromium, antimony, mercury, gold, barite, borate, celestite (strontium), emery, feldspar, limestone, magnesite, marble, perlite, pumice, pyrites (sulfur), clay, arable land, hydropower

Population

77,804,122 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 18%, other minorities 7-12% (2008 est.)

Religions

Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

Languages

Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages

Government type

republican parliamentary democracy

Independence

29 October 1923 (successor state to the Ottoman Empire)

National holiday

Republic Day, 29 October (1923)

Chief of state

President Abdullah GUL (since 28 August 2007)

Head of government

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN (since 14 March)

Internet country code

.tr

Internet users

27.233 million (2009)

Airports

99 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Aliaga, Diliskelesi, Eregli, Izmir, Kocaeli (Izmit), Mercin Limani, Yarimca

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