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

Map references:
Middle East

total:783,562 sq kmcountry comparison to the world: 37
land:769,632 sq km
water:13,930 sq km

Area - comparative:
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Land boundaries:
total:2,656 km
border countries:Armenia 268 km, Azerbaijan 17 km, Bulgaria 240 km, Georgia 252 km, Greece 206 km, Iran 499 km, Iraq 352 km, Syria 822 km

7,200 km

Maritime claims:
territorial sea:6 nm in the Aegean Sea; 12 nm in Black Sea and in Mediterranean Sea
exclusive economic zone:in Black Sea only: to the maritime boundary agreed upon with the former USSR

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

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

Elevation extremes:
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

Land use:
arable land:26.21%
permanent crops:3.94%
other:69.84% (2011)

Irrigated land:
53,400 sq km (2012)

Total renewable water resources:
211.6 cu km (2011)

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
211.6 cu km (2011)

Natural hazards:
severe earthquakes, especially in northern Turkey, along an arc extending from the Sea of Marmara to Lake Van

Environment - current issues:
water pollution from dumping of chemicals and detergents; air pollution, particularly in urban areas; deforestation; concern for oil spills from increasing Bosporus ship traffic

Environment - international agreements:
party to:Air Pollution, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified:Environmental Modification

Geography - note:
strategic location controlling the Turkish Straits (Bosporus, Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles) that link Black and Aegean Seas; Mount Ararat, the legendary landing place of Noah's ark, is in the far eastern portion of the country

People and Society

noun: Turk(s)

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

Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages

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

81,619,392 (July 2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 17

Age structure:
0-14 years:25.5% (male 10,660,110/female 10,179,850)
15-24 years:16.8% (male 6,989,099/female 6,709,480)
25-54 years:42.9% (male 17,650,790/female 17,358,730)
55-64 years:8.1% (male 3,289,605/female 3,291,199)
65 years and over:6.6% (male 2,517,219/female 2,973,310) (2014 est.)

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio:48.9 %
youth dependency ratio:37.7 %
elderly dependency ratio:11.2 %
potential support ratio:8.9 (2014 est.)

Median age:
total:29.6 years
male:29.2 years
female:30 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate:
1.12% (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 108

Birth rate:
16.86 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 114

Death rate:
6.12 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 162

Net migration rate:
0.46 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 71

urban population:71.5% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization:2.4% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major urban areas - population:
Istanbul 11.253 million; ANKARA (capital) 4.194 million; Izmir 2.927 million; Bursa 1.713 million; Adana 1.468 million; Gaziantep 1.198 million (2011)

Sex ratio:
at birth:1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years:1.05 male(s)/female
15-24 years:1.04 male(s)/female
25-54 years:1.02 male(s)/female
55-64 years:1.02 male(s)/female
65 years and over:0.84 male(s)/female
total population:1.02 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:
22.3 (2010 est.)

Maternal mortality rate:
20 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)

Infant mortality rate:
total:21.43 deaths/1,000 live birthscountry comparison to the world: 84
male:22.48 deaths/1,000 live births
female:20.32 deaths/1,000 live births (2014 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
total population:73.29 yearscountry comparison to the world: 124
male:71.33 years
female:75.35 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate:
2.08 children born/woman (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 113

Contraceptive prevalence rate:
73% (2008)

Health expenditures:
6.7% of GDP (2011)

Physicians density:
1.71 physicians/1,000 population (2011)

Hospital bed density:
2.5 beds/1,000 population (2010)

Drinking water source:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 98.8% of population
total: 99.7% of population
urban: 0% of population
rural: 1.2% of population
total: 0.3% of population (2012 est.)

Sanitation facility access:
urban: 97.2% of population
rural: 75.5% of population
total: 91.2% of population
urban: 2.8% of population
rural: 24.5% of population
total: 8.8% of population (2012 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
less than 0.1%; note - no country specific models provided (2009 est.)country comparison to the world: 148

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
4,600 (2009 est.)country comparison to the world: 124

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
fewer than 200 (2009 est.)country comparison to the world: 117

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
27.8% (2008)country comparison to the world: 36

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
3.5% (2004)country comparison to the world: 102

Education expenditures:
2.9% of GDP (2006)country comparison to the world: 142

definition:age 15 and over can read and write
total population:94.1%
female:90.3% (2011 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total:14 years
male:15 years
female:14 years (2011)

Child labor - children ages 5-14:

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:
total:17.5%country comparison to the world: 71
female:19.9% (2012)


Country name:
conventional long form: Republic of Turkey
conventional short form:Turkey
local long form:Turkiye Cumhuriyeti
local short form:Turkiye

Government type:
republican parliamentary democracy

geographic coordinates:39 56 N, 32 52 E
time difference:UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
daylight saving time:+1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Administrative divisions:
81 provinces (iller, singular - ili); Adana, Adiyaman, Afyonkarahisar, 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, Igdir, Isparta, Istanbul, Izmir (Smyrna), Kahramanmaras, Karabuk, Karaman, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kilis, Kirikkale, Kirklareli, Kirsehir, Kocaeli, Konya, Kutahya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Mugla, Mus, Nevsehir, Nigde, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sinop, Sirnak, Sivas, Tekirdag, Tokat, Trabzon (Trebizond), Tunceli, Usak, Van, Yalova, Yozgat, Zonguldak

29 October 1923 (successor state to the Ottoman Empire)

National holiday:
Republic Day, 29 October (1923)

several previous; latest ratified 9 November 1982; amended 2001, 2007, 2010 (2010)

Legal system:
civil law system based on various European legal systems notably the Swiss civil code

International law organization participation:
has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt

18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:
chief of state:President Abdullah GUL (since 28 August 2007)
head of government:Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN (since 14 March 2003)
cabinet:Council of Ministers appointed by the president upon the nomination of the prime minister
elections:president elected directly for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); prime minister appointed by the president from among members of parliament
election results:Abdullah GUL elected president on the third ballot; National Assembly vote - 339
note:in October 2007 Turkish voters approved a referendum package of constitutional amendments including a provision for direct presidential elections

Legislative branch:
unicameral Grand National Assembly of Turkey or Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi (550 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
elections:last held on 12 June 2011 (next likely to be held by June 2015)
election results:percent of vote by party - AKP 49.8%, CHP 25.9%, MHP 13%, independents 6.6%, other 4.7%; seats by party - AKP 326, CHP 135, MHP 53, independents 36; note - only parties surpassing the 10% threshold are entitled to parliamentary seats

Judicial branch:
highest court(s):Constitutional Court (consists of 17 members); Supreme Court of Appeals organized into 15 divisions with 38 civil and criminal chambers and consisting of 250 high judges and 440 rapporteur judges)
judge selection and term of office:Constitutional Court judges appointed by the president from among candidates submitted by plenary assemblies of other courts, the Higher Education Council, senior government administrators, and lawyers; judges appointed for 12-year, non-renewable terms and with mandatory retirement at age 65; Supreme Court of Appeals judges appointed by the Supreme Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors; judge tenure NA
subordinate courts:Council of State (Danistay); Court of Accounts (Sayistay); Military High Court of Appeals; Military High Administrative Court

    Political parties and leaders:
Democratic Left Party or DSP [Masum TURKER]
Democratic Party or DP [Gultekin UYSAL]
Felicity Party or SP [Mustafa KAMALAK] (sometimes translated as Contentment Party)
Freedom and Solidarity Party or ODP [Alper TAS]
Grand Unity Party or BBP [Mustafa DESTICI]
Independent Turkey Party or BTP [Haydar BAS]
Justice and Development Party or AKP [Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN]
Nationalist Movement Party or MHP [Devlet BAHCELI]
Peace and Democracy Party or BDP [Selahattin DEMIRTAS]
People's Democracy Party or HDP [Sebahat TUNCEL]
Republican People's Party or CHP [Kemal KILICDAROGLU]
note:the parties listed above are some of the more significant of the 61 parties that Turkey had according to the Ministry of Interior statistics current as of May 2009

Political pressure groups and leaders:
Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey or TUSKON [Rizanur MERAL]

International organization participation:
ADB (nonregional member), Australia Group, BIS, BSEC, CD, CE, CERN (observer), CICA, D-8, EAPC, EBRD, ECO, EU (candidate country), FAO, FATF, G-20, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OIC, OPCW, OSCE, Pacific Alliance (observer), Paris Club (associate), PCA, SELEC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNRWA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC

Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission:Ambassador Sedar KILIC (since 21 May 1014)
chancery:2525 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone:[1] (202) 612-6700
FAX:[1] (202) 612-6744
consulate(s) general:Chicago, Houston, New York, Newton (MA)

Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission:Ambassador Francis J. RICCIARDONE, Jr. (since 3 January 2011)
embassy:110 Ataturk Boulevard, Kavaklidere, 06100 Ankara
mailing address:PSC 93, Box 5000, APO AE 09823
telephone:[90] (312) 455-5555
FAX:[90] (312) 467-0019
consulate(s) general:Istanbul
consulate(s):Adana; note - there is a Consular Agent in Izmir

Flag description:
red with a vertical white crescent moon (the closed portion is toward the hoist side) and white five-pointed star centered just outside the crescent opening; the flag colors and designs closely resemble those on the banner of the Ottoman Empire, which preceded modern-day Turkey; the crescent moon and star serve as insignia for the Turks, as well as being traditional symbols of Islam; according to legend, the flag represents the reflection of the moon and a star in a pool of blood of Turkish warriors

National symbol(s):
star and crescent

National anthem:
name:'Istiklal Marsi' (Independence March)

lyrics/music:Mehmet Akif ERSOY/Zeki UNGOR
note:lyrics adopted 1921, music adopted 1932; the anthem's original music was adopted in 1924; a new composition was agreed upon in 1932


Economy - overview:
Turkey's largely free-market economy is increasingly driven by its industry and service sectors, although its traditional agriculture sector still accounts for about 25% of employment. An aggressive privatization program has reduced state involvement in basic industry, banking, transport, and communication, and an emerging cadre of middle-class entrepreneurs is adding dynamism to the economy and expanding production beyond the traditional textiles and clothing sectors. The automotive, construction, and electronics industries are rising in importance and have surpassed textiles within Turkey's export mix. Oil began to flow through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline in May 2006, marking a major milestone that will bring up to 1 million barrels per day from the Caspian to market. Several gas pipelines projects also are moving forward to help transport Central Asian gas to Europe through Turkey, which over the long term will help address Turkey's dependence on imported oil and gas to meet 97% of its energy needs. After Turkey experienced a severe financial crisis in 2001, Ankara adopted financial and fiscal reforms as part of an IMF program. The reforms strengthened the country's economic fundamentals and ushered in an era of strong growth averaging more than 6% annually until 2008. Global economic conditions and tighter fiscal policy caused GDP to contract in 2009, but Turkey's well-regulated financial markets and banking system helped the country weather the global financial crisis and GDP rebounded strongly to around 9% in 2010-11, as exports returned to normal levels following the recession. Growth dropped to roughly 3-4% in 2012-13. Turkey's public sector debt to GDP ratio has fallen below 40%, and two rating agencies upgraded Turkey's debt to investment grade in 2012 and 2013. Turkey remains dependent on often volatile, short-term investment to finance its large current account deficit. The stock value of FDI reached nearly $195 billion at year-end 2013, reflecting Turkey's robust growth even in the face of economic turmoil in Europe, the source of much of Turkey's FDI. Turkey's relatively high current account deficit, domestic political uncertainty, and turmoil within Turkey's neighborhood leave the economy vulnerable to destabilizing shifts in investor confidence.

GDP (purchasing power parity):
$1.167 trillion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 17
$1.124 trillion (2012 est.)
$1.101 trillion (2011 est.)
note:data are in 2013 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):
$821.8 billion (2013 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:
3.8% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 85
2.2% (2012 est.)
8.8% (2011 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):
$15,300 (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 90
$15,000 (2012 est.)
$14,900 (2011 est.)
note:data are in 2013 US dollars

Gross national saving:
19.4% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 80
20.2% of GDP (2012 est.)
23.6% of GDP (2011 est.)

GDP - composition, by end use:
household consumption:71%
government consumption:15.4%
investment in fixed capital:19.4%
investment in inventories:0%
exports of goods and services:26.6%
imports of goods and services:-32.5%
(2013 est.)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
services:63.8% (2013 est.)

Agriculture - products:
tobacco, cotton, grain, olives, sugar beets, hazelnuts, pulses, citrus; livestock

textiles, food processing, automobiles, electronics, mining (coal, chromate, copper, boron), steel, petroleum, construction, lumber, paper

Industrial production growth rate:
3.5% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 84

Labor force:
27.91 million
country comparison to the world: 22
note:about 1.2 million Turks work abroad (2013 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:
services:48.4% (2010)

Unemployment rate:
9.3% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 101
9.2% (2012 est.)

Population below poverty line:
16.9% (2010)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%:2.1%
highest 10%:30.3% (2008)

    Distribution of family income - Gini index:
40.2 (2010)
country comparison to the world: 57
43.6 (2003)

revenues:$190.4 billion
expenditures:$207.9 billion (2013 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:
23.2% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 144

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
-2.1% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 91

Public debt:
36.6% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 102
37.6% of GDP (2012 est.)
note:data cover central government debt, and excludes debt instruments issued (or owned) by government entities other than the treasury; the data include treasury debt held by foreign entities; the data exclude debt issued by subnational entities, as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement, medical care, and unemployment; debt instruments for the social funds are sold at public auctions

Fiscal year:
calendar year

Inflation rate (consumer prices):
7.6% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 192
8.9% (2012 est.)

Central bank discount rate:
5.25% (31 December 2011)
country comparison to the world: 9
15% (22 December 2009)

Commercial bank prime lending rate:
18.5% (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 19
19% (31 December 2012 est.)

Stock of narrow money:
$80.72 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 40
$85.23 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Stock of broad money:
$383.5 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 27
$405.6 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Stock of domestic credit:
$549.5 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 24
$552.3 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Market value of publicly traded shares:
$308.8 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Current account balance:
-$58.35 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 187
-$47.75 billion (2012 est.)

$167.6 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 30
$163.3 billion (2012 est.)

Exports - commodities:
apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment

Exports - partners:
Germany 8.6%, Iraq 7.1%, Iran 6.5%, UK 5.7%, UAE 5.4%, Russia 4.4%, Italy 4.2%, France 4.1% (2012)

$242.9 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 22
$228.6 billion (2012 est.)

Imports - commodities:
machinery, chemicals, semi-finished goods, fuels, transport equipment

Imports - partners:
Russia 11.3%, Germany 9%, China 9%, US 6%, Italy 5.6%, Iran 5.1% (2012)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$117.6 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 22
$119.2 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Debt - external:
$359.5 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 31
$336.7 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:
$194.2 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 28
$181.7 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:
$33.44 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 42
$30.94 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

Exchange rates:
Turkish liras (TRY) per US dollar -
1.899 (2013 est.)
1.796 (2012 est.)
1.5028 (2010 est.)
1.55 (2009)
1.3179 (2008)


Electricity - production:
217.7 billion kWh (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 21

Electricity - consumption:
170.4 billion kWh (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 22

Electricity - exports:
1.49 billion kWh (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 51

Electricity - imports:
4.362 billion kWh (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 38

Electricity - installed generating capacity:
49.52 million kW (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 19

Electricity - from fossil fuels:
64.9% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 121

Electricity - from nuclear fuels:
0% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 191

Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:
32% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 72

Electricity - from other renewable sources:
3.1% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 61

Crude oil - production:
56,650 bbl/day (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 59

Crude oil - exports:
0 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 193

Crude oil - imports:
338,900 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 25

    Crude oil - proved reserves:
270.4 million bbl (1 January 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 55

Refined petroleum products - production:
418,200 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 36

Refined petroleum products - consumption:
706,100 bbl/day (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 26

Refined petroleum products - exports:
107,800 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 41

Refined petroleum products - imports:
301,300 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 22

Natural gas - production:
632 million cu m (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 69

Natural gas - consumption:
38.13 billion cu m (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 25

Natural gas - exports:
600 million cu m (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 45

Natural gas - imports:
45.92 billion cu m (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 11

Natural gas - proved reserves:
6.173 billion cu m (1 January 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 89

Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:
296.3 million Mt (2011 est.)


Telephones - main lines in use:
13.86 million (2012)
country comparison to the world: 18

Telephones - mobile cellular:
67.68 million (2012)
country comparison to the world: 20

Telephone system:
general assessment:comprehensive telecommunications network undergoing rapid modernization and expansion, especially in mobile-cellular services
domestic:additional digital exchanges are permitting a rapid increase in subscribers; the construction of a network of technologically advanced intercity trunk lines, using both fiber-optic cable and digital microwave radio relay, is facilitating communication between urban centers; remote areas are reached by a domestic satellite system; combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity is roughly 100 telephones per 100 persons
international:country code - 90; international service is provided by the SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine cable and by submarine fiber-optic cables in the Mediterranean and Black Seas that link Turkey with Italy, Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, and Russia; satellite earth stations - 12 Intelsat; mobile satellite terminals - 328 in the Inmarsat and Eutelsat systems (2010)

    Broadcast media:
Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) operates multiple TV and radio networks and stations; multiple privately owned national television stations and up to 300 private regional and local television stations; multi-channel cable TV subscriptions available; more than 1,000 private radio broadcast stations (2009)

Internet country code:

Internet hosts:
7.093 million (2012)
country comparison to the world: 16

Internet users:
27.233 million (2009)
country comparison to the world: 15


98 (2013)
country comparison to the world: 58

Airports - with paved runways
over 3,047 m:16
2,438 to 3,047 m:38
1,524 to 2,437 m:17
914 to 1,523 m:16
under 914 m:4 (2013)

Airports - with unpaved runways
1,524 to 2,437 m:1
914 to 1,523 m:4
under 914 m:
2 (2013)

20 (2013)

gas 12,603 km; oil 3,038 km (2013)

total:12,008 kmcountry comparison to the world: 20
standard gauge:12,008 km 1.435-m gauge (3,216 km electrified) (2012)

total:385,748 kmcountry comparison to the world: 17
paved:352,268 km (includes 2,127 km of expressways)
unpaved:33,486 km (2012)

1,200 km (2010)
country comparison to the world: 60

Merchant marine
total:629country comparison to the world: 18
by type:bulk carrier 102, cargo 281, chemical tanker 80, container 42, liquefied gas 6, passenger 2, passenger/cargo 60, petroleum tanker 25, refrigerated cargo 1, roll on/roll off 29, specialized tanker 1
foreign-owned:1 (Italy 1)
registered in other countries:645 (Albania 1, Antigua and Barbuda 7, Azerbaijan 1, Bahamas 3, Barbados 1, Belize 16, Brazil 1, Cambodia 15, Comoros 8, Cook Islands 4, Curacao 5, Cyprus 1, Dominica 1, Georgia 14, Italy 4, Kazakhstan 1, Liberia 16, Malta 233, Marshall Islands 70, Moldova 18, Panama 62, Russia 101, Saint Kitts and Nevis 18, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 13, Sierra Leone 9, Slovakia 1, Tanzania 13, Togo 4, Tuvalu 1, unknown 3) (2010)

Ports and terminals
major seaport(s):Aliaga, Ambarli, Diliskelesi, Eregli, Izmir, Kocaeli (Izmit), Mersin (Icel), Limani, Yarimca
container port(s) (TEUs):Ambarli (2,121,549), Mersin (Icel) (1,126,866)


Military branches
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK): Turkish Land Forces (Turk Kara Kuvvetleri), Turkish Naval Forces (Turk Deniz Kuvvetleri; includes naval air and naval infantry), Turkish Air Forces (Turk Hava Kuvvetleri) (2013)

Military service age and obligation
21-41 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 15 months conscript obligation for non-university graduates, 6-12 months for university graduates; conscripts are called to register at age 20, for service at 21; women serve in the Turkish Armed Forces only as officers; reserve obligation to age 41; under a law passed in November 2011, men aged 30 and older, or who have worked 3 years in foreign countries, may pay $16,200 in lieu of mandatory military service (2013)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49:21,079,077
females age 16-49:20,558,696 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49:17,664,510
females age 16-49:17,340,816 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
female:670,328 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures
2.31% of GDP (2012)
country comparison to the world: 35
2.28% of GDP (2011)
2.31% of GDP (2010)

    Military - note
the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has actively pursued the goal of asserting civilian control over the military since first taking power in 2002; the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) role in internal security has been significantly reduced; the TSK leadership continues to be an influential institution within Turkey, but plays a much smaller role in politics; the Turkish military remains focused on the threats emanating from the Syrian civil war, Russia's actions in Ukraine, and the PKK insurgency; primary domestic threats are listed as fundamentalism (with the definition in some dispute with the civilian government), separatism (Kurdish discontent), and the extreme left wing; Ankara strongly opposed establishment of an autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq; an overhaul of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) taking place under the 'Force 2014' program is to produce 20-30% smaller, more highly trained forces characterized by greater mobility and firepower and capable of joint and combined operations; the TLFC has taken on increasing international peacekeeping responsibilities including in Afghanistan; the Turkish Navy is a regional naval power that wants to develop the capability to project power beyond Turkey's coastal waters; the Navy is heavily involved in NATO, multinational, and UN operations; its roles include control of territorial waters and security for sea lines of communications; the Turkish Air Force adopted an 'Aerospace and Missile Defense Concept' in 2002 and has initiated project work on an integrated missile defense system; Air Force priorities include attaining a modern deployable, survivable, and sustainable force structure, and establishing a sustainable command and control system; Turkey is a NATO ally and hosts NATO's Land Forces Command in Izmir, as well as the AN/TPY-2 radar as part of NATO Missile Defense (2014)

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international
complex maritime, air, and territorial disputes with Greece in the Aegean Sea; status of north Cyprus question remains; Syria and Iraq protest Turkish hydrological projects to control upper Euphrates waters; Turkey has expressed concern over the status of Kurds in Iraq; in 2009, Swiss mediators facilitated an accord reestablishing diplomatic ties between Armenia and Turkey, but neither side has ratified the agreement and the rapprochement effort has faltered; Turkish authorities have complained that blasting from quarries in Armenia might be damaging the medieval ruins of Ani, on the other side of the Arpacay valley

    Refugees and internally displaced persons
refugees (country of origin):13,467 (Iraq) (2013); 783,065 (Syria) (2014)
IDPs:954,000-1.2 million (displaced from 1984-2005 because of fighting between Kurdish PKK and Turkish military; most IDPs are Kurds from eastern and southeastern provinces; no information available on persons displaced by development projects) (2012)
stateless persons:780 (2012)

Illicit drugs
key transit route for Southwest Asian heroin to Western Europe and, to a lesser extent, the US - via air, land, and sea routes; major Turkish and other international trafficking organizations operate out of Istanbul; laboratories to convert imported morphine base into heroin exist in remote regions of Turkey and near Istanbul; government maintains strict controls over areas of legal opium poppy cultivation and over output of poppy straw concentrate; lax enforcement of money-laundering controls
Information provided by CIA - The World Fact Book

Doing Business in Turkey 2020

Turkey Ease of Doing Business Rank: 33 Overall Score: 76.8
Starting a Business (rank) 77
Score 88.8
Procedures - Men (number) 7
Time - Men (number) 7
Cost - Men (days) 6
Procedures - Women (days) 7
Time - Women (% of income per capita) 7
Cost - Women (% of income per capita) 6
Paid in minimum capital (% of income per capita) 0
Dealing with Construction Permits (rank) 53
Score 73.8
Procedures (number) 18
Time (days) 100
Cost (% of warehouse value) 3.6
Building Quality Control Index(0-15) 13
Quality of building regulations index (0-2) 2
Quality control before construction index (0-1) 1
Quality control during construction index (0-3) 2
Quality control after construction index (0-3) 3
Liability and insurance regimes index (0-2) 1
Professional certifications index (0-4) 4
Getting Electricity (rank) 41
Score 84.5
Procedures (number) 4
Time (days) 34
Cost (% of income per capita) 62.3
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) 5
Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3) 0
Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1) 1
Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1) 1
Regulatory monitoring (0-1) 1
Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1) 1
Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1) 1
System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 44.7
System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 19.5
Minimum outage time (in minutes) 5
Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 8.9
Registering Property (rank) 27
Score 81.6
Procedures (number) 6
Time (days) 4.5
Cost (% of property value) 3
Quality of land administration index (0-30) 27
Reliability of infrastructure index (0-8) 8
Transparency of information index (0-6) 4
Geographic coverage index (0-8) 8
Land dispute resolution index (0-8) 7
Equal access to property rights index (-2-0) 0
Getting credit (rank) 37
Score 75
Strength of legal rights index (0-12) 7
Depth of credit information index (0-8) 8
Getting Credit total score 15
Credit registry coverage (% of adults) 80.2
Credit bureau coverage (% of adults) 0
Protecting Minority Investors (rank) 21
Score 76
Extent of disclosure index (0-10) 9
Extent of director liability index (0-10) 5
Ease of shareholder suits index (0-10) 6
Extent of shareholder rights index (0-6) 6
Extent of ownership and control index (0-7) 6
Extent of corporate transparency index (0-7) 6
Strength of minority investor protection index (0-50) 38
Paying Taxes (rank) 26
Score 86.6
Payments (number per year) 10
Time (hours per year) 170
Total tax and contribution rate (% of profit) 42.3
Profit tax (% of profit) 20
Labor tax and contributions (% of profit) 19.7
Other taxes (% of profit) 2.5
Time to comply with VAT refund (hours) No VAT
Time to obtain VAT refund (weeks) No VAT
Time to comply with a corporate income tax correction (hours) 2
Time to complete a corporate income tax correction (weeks) 0
Postfiling index (0-100) 100
Trading across borders (rank) 44
Score 91.6
Time to export: Documentary compliance (hours) 4
Time to import: Documentary compliance (hours) 2
Time to export: Border compliance (hours) 10
Time to import: Border compliance (hours) 7
Cost to export: Documentary compliance (USD) 55
Cost to import: Documentary compliance 55
Cost to export: Border compliance (USD) 338
Cost to import: Border compliance (USD) 46
Enforcing contract (rank) 24
Score 71.4
Time (days) 623
Filing and service (days) 44
Trial and judgment (days) 450
Enforcement of judgment (days) 129
Cost (% of claim) 24.9
Attorney fees (% of claim) 12
Court fees (% of claim) 3
Enforcement fees (% of claim) 9.9
Quality of the judicial processes index (0-18) 15
Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 3.5
Case management (0-6) 5
Court automation (0-4) 4
Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5
Resolving Insolvency (rank) 120
Score 38.5
Outcome (0 as piecemeal sale and 1 as going concern) 0
Time (years) 5
Cost (% of estate) 14.5
Recovery rate (cents on the dollar) 10.5
Strength of insolvency framework index (0-16) 10.5
Commencement of proceedings index (0-3) 3
Management of debtor's assets index (0-6) 3
Reorganization proceedings index (0-3) 1.5
Creditor participation index (0-4) 3
Information provided by The World Bank Group