Below you can find some useful information on the Republic of Turkey and a variety of facts and statistics at a glance. For Frequently Asked Questions, you can follow the link.
Official flag of the Republic of Turkey is red background with a vertical white crescent (the closed portion is toward the hoist side) and white five-pointed star centered just outside the crescent opening. It's called as "al sancak" in Turkish, meaning "red banner".
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti (Turkish long form) or Türkiye (Turkish short form)
Republic of Turkey (formal English); Turkey (English short form); Turchia (Italian); Türkei (German); Turkiet (Swedish); Turkije (Dutch); Turkki (Finnish); Turquia (Portuguese); Turquía (Spanish); Turquie (French); Tyrkia (Norwegian); Tyrkiet (Danish); Tyrkland (Icelandic)
The Geographic location of Turkey is the South-western Asia (that part west of the Bosphorus is sometimes included with Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria.
It has a strategic location controlling the Turkish Straits (Bosphorus and Dardanelles) that link the Black sea to the north and the Aegean sea to the west. The Mount Ararat, legendary landing place of Noah's Ark, is in the far eastern portion of the country, in the province of Agri. The country is divided into 7 fictional geographic regions.
Geographic coordinates: 39 00 N, 35 00 E
Total area: 780,580 square kilometers (301,384 square miles)
Land area: 770,760 sq km
Water area: 9,820 sq km
Comparative area: slightly larger than Texas state in USA, or larger than France and UK put together, or 2.5 times larger than Italy.
Total: 2,648 km
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
Terrain: mostly mountains; narrow coastal plain; high central plateau (Anatolia)
Lowest point: Mediterranean Sea 0 meters
Highest point: Mount Ararat 5,166 meters (16,950 feet)
Largest lake: Lake Van 3,713 square km (1,434 sq miles)
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.
Arable land: 32%
Permanent crops: 3%
Other: 66% (2006)
Exclusive economic zone: in Black Sea only - to the maritime boundary agreed upon with the former USSR.
Territorial sea: 6 nautical miles in the Aegean Sea, 12 nm in the Black Sea and in the Mediterranean Sea.
Climate: temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior.
International agreements: party to - Air Pollution, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Environmental Modification.
Current issues: water pollution from dumping of chemicals and detergents; air pollution, particularly in urban areas; deforestation; concern for oil spills from Bosphorus ship traffic.
Officially 83,154,997 as of 1st January 2020 (67,803,927 in 2000 and 13,648,270 in 1927); average of 108 inhabitants live per square kilometer, 92.8% of the total population live in the cities and 7.2% in villages or small towns in the countryside.
Istanbul: 15,519,267 as of January 2020 (10,033,478 in 2000); 18.66 % of the total population, 2,987 people per square kilometer
Ankara: 5,639,076 as of January 2020 (4,007,860 in 2000); 6.7 % of the total population, 218 people per square kilometer
Izmir: 4,367,251 as of January 2020 (3,387,908 in 2000); 5.3 % of the total population, 364 people per square kilometer
Tunceli has the lowest population in Turkey: 84,660 (as of January 2020)
On top of this there are 5,1 million foreigners living in Turkey, of which 3,6 million are Syrian refugees.
Total population: male 40,043,650 (50.2%); female 39,771,221 (49,8%) (as of January 2020)
0-14 years: 23,1% , total of 18,925,782 (male 9,715,020; female 9,210,762) (January 2020)
15-64 years: 67,8% , total of 54,237,586 (male 27,409,238; female 26,828,348) (January 2020)
65 years and over: 9,1% , total of 6,651,503 (male 2,919,392; female 3,732,111) (January 2020)
Median age: total 32,4 years (male: 31,7 years; female: 33,1 years). More than half of the population is under the median age (as of January 2020)
Population growth rate: 1.39% in 2019 (1.45% in 2010 and 2,11% in 1927)
Birth rate: 17.93 births/1,000 population (2011)
Death rate: 6.3 deaths/1,000 population (2006)
Sex ratio: 1.007 male(s)/female (2016)
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.75 male(s)/female
Infant mortality rate: 10 deaths/1,000 live births in 2011 (17,5/1,000 in 2006)
Mother mortality rate at birth: 14 deaths/100,000 live births in 2011 (70/100,000 in 2003)
Life expectancy at birth: (2011)
total population: 75 years (73.2 in 2006)
male: 72 years (71.1 in 2006)
female: 76 years (75.3 in 2006)
Total fertility rate: 2.07 children born/woman in 2012 (2.14 in 2008, 2.18 in 2006)
Ethnic divisions: Turkish 80%, Kurdish 20%
Religions: Muslim 99% (mostly Sunni), other 1% (Christian and Jews)
Official Language: Turkish
Literacy: age 6 and over can read and write (2015)
total population: 96,22%
Conventional long form: Republic of Turkey
Conventional short form: Turkey
Local long form: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti
Local short form: Türkiye
Data code: TU or TR
Type of government: republican and presidential parliamentary democracy
81 provinces (plural "iller" - singular "il"); Adana, Adiyaman, Afyon, Agri, Aksaray, Amasya, Ankara, Antalya, Ardahan, Artvin, Aydin, Balikesir, Bartin, Batman, Bayburt, Bilecik, Bingol, Bitlis, Bolu, Burdur, Bursa, Canakkale, Cankiri, Corum, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Duzce, Edirne, Elazig, Erzincan, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Giresun, Gumushane, Hakkari, Hatay, Icel, Igdir, Isparta, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Karabuk, Karaman, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kilis, Kirikkale, Kirklareli, Kirsehir, Kocaeli, Konya, Kutahya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mugla, Mus, Nevsehir, Nigde, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sinop, Sirnak, Sivas, Tekirdag, Tokat, Trabzon, Tunceli, Usak, Van, Yalova, Yozgat, Zonguldak
Independence: 29 October 1923 (successor state to the Ottoman Empire)
National holiday: Anniversary of the Declaration of the Republic, 29 October (1923)
Constitution: 7 November 1982 , with various amendments by TBMM
Derived from various European legal systems; accepts compulsory International Court of Justice (ICJ) jurisdiction, with reservations. Member of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
18 years of age; universal.
Chief of state
Head of government
Head of government: President Erdogan is elected in June 2018 and Turkey moved into a new Presidential Governing system. Before the amendments of the Constitution, the head of Government was Prime Minister Mr. Binali Yildirim, who was appointed by President Erdogan in May 2016.
National Security Council (MGK)
Advisory body to the President and the cabinet.
Council of Ministers appointed by the President.
Grand National Assembly of Turkey, abbreviated as TBMM (Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi), is a unicameral parliament with 600 seats. Deputies are elected by public vote to serve five-year terms.
The judicial system in Turkey has a multipartite structure at the levels of first instance courts, district courts and supreme courts.
Constitutional Court (AYM) where judges appointed by the president and the parliament.
High Court of Appeals (Yargitay) and Council of State (Danistay) where judges are elected by the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
Court of Accounts (Sayistay)
Military High Court of Appeals
Military High Administrative Court (YAS).
Political pressure groups
Confederation of Public Sector Unions or KESK; Confederation of Revolutionary Workers Unions or DISK; Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association or MUSIAD; Moral Rights Workers Union or Hak-Is; Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association or TUSIAD; Turkish Confederation of Employers' Unions or TISK; Turkish Confederation of Labor or Turk-Is; Turkish Confederation of Tradesmen and Craftsmen or TESK; Turkish Union of Chambers of Commerce and Commodity Exchanges or TOBB.
International organization participation
AsDB, Australia Group, ASEAN (observer), ASEF, BIS, BLACKSEAFOR, BSEC, CE, CERN (observer), COE, D-8, EAPC, EBRD, EBU, ECAC, ECO, EPO, ETSI, EU (applicant), FAO, FIFA, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OIC, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, Turkic Council, UEFA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMIK, UNMIL, UNMISET, UNOMIG, UNRWA, UPU, WCO, WEU (associate), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC.
Turkey's dynamic economy is a complex mix of modern industry and commerce along with a traditional agriculture sector that in 2019 accounted for 18,3% of employment (25,2% in 2010). It has a strong and rapidly growing private sector, yet the state still plays a major role in basic industry, banking, transport, and communication. Its most important industry and largest exporter is textiles and clothing, which is almost entirely in private hands. The economic situation in recent years has been marked by rapid growth coupled with partial success in implementing structural reform measures. Inflation was declined to the lowest 8,53% in 2016 (but 12% in 2019), down from 90% in 1997, but the public sector fiscal deficit probably remained near 10% of GDP due in large part to interest payments which accounted for 40% of central government spending in 2003. The government enacted a new tax law and speeded up privatization in 1998 but made no progress on badly needed social security reform. Ankara is trying to increase trade with other countries in the region yet most of Turkey's trade is still with OECD countries. After the implementation in January 1996 of a Customs Union with the EU, foreign direct investment in the country was recorded $15,9 billion in 2011. Results during recent years improved because of strong financial support from the IMF and tighter fiscal policy. A major political and economic issue over the next decade is whether or not Turkey will become a member of the EU. But further economic and judicial reforms and prospective EU membership are expected to boost Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Privatization sales in 2015 were about US$ 1,99 billion ($6,27b in 2014, $12,48b in 2013).
GDP (Total): US$ 822,1 billion in 2013 ($735,8b in 2010, $616,7b in 2009)
GDP purchasing power parity (PPP): US$ 25,129 per person (2017) (was US$ 17,959 in 2010)
GDP growth rate: 4% in 2015 (8,9% in 2010, 10.7% in 2006)
GDP per capita: US$ 9.826 in 2017 ($10.971 in 2013, $15.079 in 2010, $13.710 in 2009, $5.482 in 2006)
GDP composition by sector:
services: 54.3% as of September 2018 (63.5% in 2006)
Consumer prices: 94% (1995), 90% (1997), 75% (1998), 68% (1999), 45% (2000), 90% (2001), 31% (2002), 11% (2004), 7.72% (2005), 5.9% (2007), 6.4% (2010), 10,45% (2011), 6,16% (2012), 4,5% (2015), 16,33% (2018), 11,84% (2019)
Investment (gross fixed): 15.5% of GDP (2004 est.)
Population below poverty line: 21,9% in 2015 (16,9% in 2010, 17,1% in 2009, 20,5% in 2007, 20% in 2005, 18% in 2001)
Household income or consumption by percentage share: 70.7% of GDP (2006)
lowest 20%: 5.6%
highest 20%: 47.6% (2009)
Distribution of family income: 44% (2002)
Labor force: 32.8 million in 2018 (25.6 million in 2010)
Labor force by occupation:
construction 5.5% (May 2019)
Note: about 5,5 million Turks work or live abroad as of 2016 (3 million in 2005), mostly in Germany.
Unemployment rate: As of December 2019 it's 13,7% (plus underemployment of 2,9%) for people 15 years of age and up (11.9% in 2010), 13,1% for 15-64 years of age, 23,3% for 15-24 years of age
Employment Rate: As of May 2019 it's 46,1% for people 15 years of age and up (41,3% in 2010)
Revenues: 499,48 billion TL, approximately US$ 227 billion (2015 est.)
Expenditures: 350,95 billion TL, approximately US$ 195 billion (2012 est.)
Foreign debt stock: US$ 290,3 billion in 2010 (US$ 268,7 billion in 2009)
Public debt: 34,1% of GDP in 2014 (42,3% of GDP in 2010, 67.5% of GDP in 2005)
Industries: textiles, food processing, autos, mining (coal, chromate, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper.
Industrial production growth rate: 12.5% (2014)
Main products: tobacco, cotton, grain, olives, sugar beets, pulses, citrus, livestock
Illicit drugs: major transit route for Southwest Asian heroin and hashish to Western Europe and the USA via air, land, and sea routes; government maintains strict controls over areas of legal opium poppy cultivation and output of poppy straw concentrate.
Agricultural land: 385.650 sq km (2015) (391.219 sq km - 50.12% of the land area in 2008)
Forest area: 216.780 sq km (2015) (211.887 sq km - 27% of the land area in 2004)
220 Volts / 50 Hertz
Capacity: 85,200 MW (2017)
Production: 295,5 billion kWh (2017)
Consumption: 294,9 billion kWh (2017)
Export: 2.67 billion kWh (2010)
Imports: 1,88 billion kWh (2010)
Production: 18 million barrel (2014)
Consumption: 41,5 million tons (2010) (21,2 million tons in 1991)
Imports: 16,84 million tons (2010), mostly from Iran and Russia (14,19m in 2009)
Proved reserves: 262.2 million bbl (2012)
Production: 502 million cubic meters (2014) (975m m3 in 2008), which is only 1,7% of country's need
Consumption: 48 billion m3 in 2015 (37,41b m3 in 2010, 27,34b m3 in 2005)
Exports: 714 million m3 (2011)
Imports: 43,8 billion m3 (2011), mostly from Russia and Iran, also from Algeria, Azerbaijan and Nigeria.
Proved reserves in the World: 187,1 trillion m3 (2010)
Current account balance
US$ -33,93 billion as of November 2018 (US$ -99,86b in 2013, US$ -71,66b in 2010, US$ -43.29b in 2005)
Exports: US$ 168 billion in 2018 (US$ 151,80b in 2013, US$ 113,88b in 2010)
Commodities: apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment.
Partners: Germany 13.9%, UK 8.8%, US 7.7%, Italy 7.4%, France 5.8%, Spain 4.2%, Iraq (2004)
Imports: US$ 233,80 billion in 2017 (US$ 251,66b in 2013, US$ 185,54b in 2010)
Commodities: machinery, chemicals, semi-finished goods, fuels, transport equipment.
Partners: Germany 9%, Iraq 7,9%, UK 5,8%, Russia 4.6%, Italy 4.4%, France 4.2%, USA 3.7%, UAE 3,3%, Spain 2,9%, Iran 2,8%, China 2.4% (2013)
Proportion of Imports covered by Exports: 67,1% (2017)
External debt: US$ 457 billion as of July 2018 (US$ 396,8b in 2014, US$ 247,2b in 2007)
Gold reserves of the Central Bank: 564,8 tonnes of gold as of February 2018 (116 tonnes in 2010)
Foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank: US$ 91 billion as of November 2018 (US$ 83,43 billion as of 30 November 2011)
Recipient: ODA, $635.8 million (2002)
Note: aid for Gulf war efforts from coalition allies (1991) $4.1 billion; aid pledged for Turkish Defense Fund $2.5 billion; aid for Iraqi war (2003) approx. $8.5 billion; aid for Syrian refugees from EU (2015-2016 est.) 3 billion Euros.
Turkish Lira - TL or TRL or TRY (formerly New Turkish lira - YTL)
Exchange rates: 18 June 2020
USD 1 = 6,85 TL
Euro 1 = 7,71 TL
As of 01/01/2005, six zeroes are dropped from the old TL by the Law, which made 1.000.000 TL equal to 1 YTL. Both TL and YTL banknotes were in physical circulation for one year in 2005 and the old TL banknotes are withdrawn from circulation as of 1 January 2006. As of 1st of January 2009, "Yeni" (New) is dropped off from the name of the currency and YTL is now called TL (Turkish Lira) again.
Some previous rates: US$ 1 = 1,420,000 (Dec. 2004), 1,670,000 (Jan. 2003), 1,400,000 (Feb. 2002), 538,000 (Jan 2000), 420,000 (Jul 1999), 270,000 (July 1998), 175,000 (October 1997), 60,502.1 (January 1996), 45,845.1 (1995), 29,608.7 (1994), 10,984.6 (1993), 6,872.4 (1992), 4,171.8 (1991)
Fiscal year: calendar year
The State Railways is known as TCDD
Total: 12,026 km (2019). Plans are 25.536 km until 2023 and 27.972 km until 2035
Gauge: 8,717 km standard + 2,274 km electrified (2007)
New high-speed train tracks are built or under construction between major cities; 1,213 km as of 2020
Total passenger capacity: 60 thousand (2009)
Capacity of Freight Wagons: 691,634 tons (2007)
( Detailed Road Map )
Total: 352,046 km (2012)
paved: 141,850 km (including 3,100 km of expressways) (2020)
unpaved: 207,017 km (2002)
Waterways: about 1,200 km (2003)
Motor vehicles: 21,268,879 (February 2017)
Pipelines: gas 3,177 km; oil 3,562 km (2003)
Ports: Gemlik, Hopa, Iskenderun, Istanbul, Izmir, Izmit, Dilovasi - Yilport, Mersin, Samsun, Trabzon
Total: 526 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 4,666,895 GRT/7,311,504 DWT
Ships by type: bulk carrier 108, cargo 228, chemical tanker 45, combination ore/oil 1, container 25, liquefied gas 6, passenger 5, passenger/cargo 50, petroleum tanker 33, refrigerated cargo 2, roll on/roll off 22, specialized tanker 1
Foreign-owned: 8 (Cyprus 3, Denmark 2, Greece 1, Italy 1, Switzerland 1)
Registered in other countries: 231 (2005 est.)
Total: 56 civilian (2020) international and national, plus several military airports
with paved runways over 3,047 m: 15
with paved runways 2,438 to 3,046 m: 32
with paved runways 1,524 to 2,437 m: 19
with paved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 18
with paved runways under 914 m: 4
with unpaved runways over 3,047 m: 1
with unpaved runways 2,438 to 3,046 m: 1
with unpaved runways 1,524 to 2,437 m: 2
with unpaved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 8
with unpaved runways under 914 m: 20 (2005 est.)
Heliports: 65 registered (2015) (42 in 2006), out of which 21 are in Istanbul
Civilian aircrafts: 542 wide body passenger planes (162 in 2003)
Total passengers: 193,5 million in 2017 (34,5 million 2003)
Flight destinations: 350 cities abroad, 121 countries (60 cities in 2003)
Country code: +90
Telephones (land lines): 11,009,614 in March 2017 (16,201,466 in 2010, 18,978,223 in 2005)
Telephone system: fair domestic and international systems, area codes
Mobile GSM users: 80,6 million as of September 2018. Three networks: Turkcell, Vodafone (ex-Telsim), Turk Telekom (ex-Avea)
Domestic: trunk microwave radio relay network; limited open-wire network
International: international service is provided by three submarine fiber-optic cables in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, linking Turkey with Italy, Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, and Russia; also by 12 Intelsat earth stations, and by 328 mobile satellite terminals in the Inmarsat and Eutelsat systems (2002). Turkey has four communication satellites; Turksat 1B (31.3 degrees East, not operative since 2006) , Turksat 1C (31.3 degrees East), Turksat 2A (42 degrees East), and Turksat 3A (42 degrees East).
Radio broadcast stations: 36 National, 102 Regional, 955 Local, a total of 1,093 (2005)
Radios: 19.4 million (1997 est.)
Television broadcast stations: 24 National, 17 Regional, 218 Local, a total of 259 (2005)
Total TV and Radio stations: 1190 in 2014
Internet country code: .tr
Internet hosts: 16.874.100 in 2009 (355,215 in 2004)
Internet users: 62 million as of 2019 (14,4m in 2010, 2,24m in 2005, 1,62m in 2000)
Army branches: Turkish Armed Forces (TSK): Land Forces, Naval Forces Command (includes Naval Air and Naval Infantry), Air Force, Coast Guard Command, Gendarmerie (Jandarma)
active military personnel on duty: 398,513 (2017): 359,273 soldiers + 39,240 civilian personnel. There are 203 generals/admirals.
reserve personnel: 429,000 (2012)
males age 15-49: 20,754,882 (2012)
males fit for military service: 15 million (2012 est.)
males reach military age (20) annually: 1,370,407 (2012)
Total males/females fit for military in case of a war: 41,247,000 (2012)
Defense expenditures: US$ 22,6 billion (2014), 2.5% of GDP (2011)
Military vehicles: 4,460 tanks, 265 war ships, 16 submarines, 99 military airfields, 874 helicopters, 1,940 military planes, 7,133 armoured vehiles (2013 est.)