About Turkey

A Country for All Tastes*

The Istanbul Skyline

Turkey has so much to offer her visitors: breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. Therefore, it is not surprising that this country has recently become one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations.

Due to Turkey’s diverse geography, one can experience four completely different climates in any one day. The country is surrounded on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are lined with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas. Summers in Turkey are long, often as long as eight months in some areas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes perfect for winter and summer tourism and sports of all kinds.

Skiing fans, mountain climbers, trekkers, hikers and hunters can enjoy new and unforgettable experiences in Turkey. Turkey is, above anything else, a huge open-air museum, a repository of all the civilizations nurtured by the soils of Anatolia. The huge amount of historical and archaeological wealth in Turkey seems more appropriate for an entire continent than a single country. Recently, a new field of tourism has opened up: health tourism. The country is in fact rich with hot springs, healing waters and healing muds, which come highly recommended by the medical authorities as a remedy for many diseases.

For centuries, Turkey has also been a crossroads of religions, not only of Islam and Christianity, but also of many others now forgotten by history. Many religious devotees can find a site, a shrine, a monument, a tomb or a ruin connected with their faith or belief.

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Business and Economic Opportunities

The Finance District of Istanbul

Turkey is a country brimming with economic potential and energy.

Foreign direct investment (FDI), totaling over $21 billion in 2007, has fueled a strong economic expansion averaging 7% over the last five years, making it the 15th largest economy in the world. Turkey remains one of the principal trade partners for European Union countries. In 2007, the trade volume between Turkey and the EU member states equaled 47 billion Euro, making Turkey the EU’s 7th most important trade partner.

Turkey is also an important strategic partner for Eastern European and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, with trade between Turkey and the CIS increasing more than 5 times since 2001 to equal $41.3 billion in 2007. During the first 11 months of 2008, the trade volume between CIS countries and Turkey increased by 43%. The trade volume between Turkey and Russia also exceeded $35 billion in the first 11 months of 2008, making Russia Turkey’s largest trading partner.

Turkey in Numbers

An Inter-Connected Marketplace

An interconnected marketplace

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Practical Info

Official Name : Republic of Turkey
Date of Foundation : 29 October 1923
Capital :  Ankara

Language : The official language is Turkish. English is widely spoken in major cities.
Currency : TL (Turkish Lira) 1 Euro approximately equals to 2,30 Turkish Liras.
Time Zone : GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7
International Dial Code : +90

Visas : Visas are easily obtained upon arrival at the airport and are required for citizens of most countries.
Please visit link for detailed visa information: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/sub.en.mfa?6edc6114-ba75-452d-a7ac-f6d691603318
Electricity : 220V. European standard round two-pin sockets.