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Country Name: The Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti)

Capital of Turkey: Ankara

Population: 67.8 million (as of 2000)

Language: Turkish (uses Latin Alphabet)

Currency: Turkish Lira

Location: Eastern Mediterranean. Located on two contitents Europe and Asia. The European part of Turkey is called Thrace, while the Asian part is called Anatolia or ( Asia Minor )

Area: 814 578 Km2 (314 500 square miles)

Religion: 99 percent of the population is Muslim. Turkey is a secular state that assures complete freedom of worship to non-Muslims.

Government: Turkey is democratic, secular and social state governed by the rule of law; committed to the nationalism of Atatürk and based on the principle of the separation of powers;

National Anthem: Istiklal Marsi
Lyrics by: Mehmet Akif Ersoy 
Adopted as Turkey 's National Anthem on March 12,1921

National Holiday: Independence Day, 29 October (1923)

Famous Landmarks: Ayasofya Museum, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, ancient City of Troy, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Göreme- Cappadocia, Mt.Nemrut, Safranbolu

Time: Local time is equal to GMT + 2 hours. Same time zone all over the country ( seven hours ahead of U.S. eastern standard time )

Electricity: 220 volts A.C. throughout Turkey

Coastline: 8333 Km. (5000 miles)


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