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For the bird, see Turkey (bird). Turkey_sentence_1

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Republic of Turkey

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti  (Turkish)Turkey_header_cell_0_0_0

CapitalTurkey_header_cell_0_1_0 AnkaraTurkey_cell_0_1_1
Largest cityTurkey_header_cell_0_2_0 IstanbulTurkey_cell_0_2_1
Official languagesTurkey_header_cell_0_3_0 TurkishTurkey_cell_0_3_1
Spoken languagesTurkey_header_cell_0_4_0 Turkey_cell_0_4_1
Ethnic groupsTurkey_header_cell_0_5_0 Turkey_cell_0_5_1
Demonym(s)Turkey_header_cell_0_6_0 Turkey_cell_0_6_1
GovernmentTurkey_header_cell_0_7_0 Unitary presidential constitutional republicTurkey_cell_0_7_1
PresidentTurkey_header_cell_0_8_0 Recep Tayyip ErdoğanTurkey_cell_0_8_1
Vice PresidentTurkey_header_cell_0_9_0 Fuat OktayTurkey_cell_0_9_1
Assembly SpeakerTurkey_header_cell_0_10_0 Mustafa ŞentopTurkey_cell_0_10_1
LegislatureTurkey_header_cell_0_11_0 Grand National AssemblyTurkey_cell_0_11_1
War of IndependenceTurkey_header_cell_0_13_0 19 May 1919Turkey_cell_0_13_1
Grand National Assembly of TurkeyTurkey_header_cell_0_14_0 23 April 1920Turkey_cell_0_14_1
Treaty of LausanneTurkey_header_cell_0_15_0 24 July 1923Turkey_cell_0_15_1
Declaration of RepublicTurkey_header_cell_0_16_0 29 October 1923Turkey_cell_0_16_1
Current constitutionTurkey_header_cell_0_17_0 7 November 1982Turkey_cell_0_17_1
Area Turkey_header_cell_0_18_0
TotalTurkey_header_cell_0_19_0 783,356 km (302,455 sq mi) (36th)Turkey_cell_0_19_1
Water (%)Turkey_header_cell_0_20_0 2.03 (as of 2015)Turkey_cell_0_20_1
2019 estimateTurkey_header_cell_0_22_0 83,154,997 (19th)Turkey_cell_0_22_1
DensityTurkey_header_cell_0_23_0 105/km (271.9/sq mi) (107th)Turkey_cell_0_23_1
GDP (PPP)Turkey_header_cell_0_24_0 2019 estimateTurkey_cell_0_24_1
TotalTurkey_header_cell_0_25_0 $2.471 trillion (13th)Turkey_cell_0_25_1
Per capitaTurkey_header_cell_0_26_0 $29,723 (52nd)Turkey_cell_0_26_1
GDP (nominal)Turkey_header_cell_0_27_0 2019 estimateTurkey_cell_0_27_1
TotalTurkey_header_cell_0_28_0 $760.940 billion (19th)Turkey_cell_0_28_1
Per capitaTurkey_header_cell_0_29_0 $9,150 (70th)Turkey_cell_0_29_1
Gini (2017)Turkey_header_cell_0_30_0 43.0

medium · 56thTurkey_cell_0_30_1

HDI (2018)Turkey_header_cell_0_31_0 0.806

very high · 59thTurkey_cell_0_31_1

CurrencyTurkey_header_cell_0_32_0 Turkish lira (₺) (TRY)Turkey_cell_0_32_1
Time zoneTurkey_header_cell_0_33_0 UTC+3 (TRT)Turkey_cell_0_33_1
Date formatTurkey_header_cell_0_34_0 dd.mm.yyyy (CE)Turkey_cell_0_34_1
Mains electricityTurkey_header_cell_0_35_0 230 V–50 HzTurkey_cell_0_35_1
Driving sideTurkey_header_cell_0_36_0 rightTurkey_cell_0_36_1
Calling codeTurkey_header_cell_0_37_0 +90Turkey_cell_0_37_1
ISO 3166 codeTurkey_header_cell_0_38_0 TRTurkey_cell_0_38_1
Internet TLDTurkey_header_cell_0_39_0 .trTurkey_cell_0_39_1

Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye [ˈtyɾcije), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti [ˈtyɾcije dʒumˈhuːɾijeti (listen)), is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe. Turkey_sentence_5

Turkey is bordered on its northwest by Greece and Bulgaria; north by the Black Sea; northeast by Georgia; east by Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran; southeast by Iraq; south by Syria and the Mediterranean Sea; and west by the Aegean Sea. Turkey_sentence_6

Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the country's citizens are ethnic Turks. Turkey_sentence_7

Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the country's largest city, while Ankara is the capital. Turkey_sentence_8

One of the world's earliest permanently settled regions, present-day Turkey was home to important Neolithic sites, and was inhabited by various civilisations. Turkey_sentence_9

Hellenization started in the area during the era of Alexander the Great and continued into the Byzantine era. Turkey_sentence_10

The Seljuk Turks began migrating in the 11th century, and the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, when it disintegrated into small Turkish principalities. Turkey_sentence_11

Beginning in the late 13th century, the Ottomans started uniting the principalities and conquering the Balkans, and the Turkification of Anatolia increased during the Ottoman period. Turkey_sentence_12

After Mehmed II conquered Constantinople in 1453, Ottoman expansion continued under Selim I. Turkey_sentence_13

During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire became a world power. Turkey_sentence_14

From the late 18th century onwards, the empire's power declined with a gradual loss of territories and wars. Turkey_sentence_15

In an effort to consolidate the weakening empire, Mahmud II started a period of modernisation in the early 19th century. Turkey_sentence_16

The 1913 coup d'état effectively put the country under the control of the Three Pashas, who were largely responsible for the Empire's entry into World War I in 1914. Turkey_sentence_17

During World War I, the Ottoman government committed genocides against its Armenian, Assyrian and Pontic Greek subjects. Turkey_sentence_18

After the Ottomans and the other Central Powers lost the war, the Ottoman Empire was partitioned into several new states. Turkey_sentence_19

The Turkish War of Independence, initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades against the occupying Allied Powers, resulted in the abolition of the sultanate on 1 November 1922, and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey on 29 October 1923. Turkey_sentence_20

Turkey is a developing country, a regional power, and a newly industrialized country, with a geopolitically strategic location. Turkey_sentence_21

It is a charter member of the UN, an early member of NATO, the IMF, and the World Bank, and a founding member of the OECD, OSCE, BSEC, OIC, and G20. Turkey_sentence_22

After becoming one of the early members of the Council of Europe in 1950, Turkey became an associate member of the EEC in 1963, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995, and started accession negotiations with the European Union in 2005. Turkey_sentence_23

In a non-binding vote on 13 March 2019, the European Parliament called on the EU governments to suspend Turkey's accession talks; which, despite being stalled since 2018, remain active as of 2020. Turkey_sentence_24

Turkey is a secular, unitary, formerly parliamentary republic that adopted a presidential system with a referendum in 2017; the new system came into effect with the presidential election in 2018. Turkey_sentence_25

Etymology Turkey_section_0

Main article: Name of Turkey Turkey_sentence_26

The English name of Turkey (from Medieval Latin Turchia/Turquia) means "land of the Turks". Turkey_sentence_27

Middle English usage of Turkye is evidenced in an early work by Chaucer called The Book of the Duchess (c. 1369). Turkey_sentence_28

The phrase land of Torke is used in the 15th-century Digby Mysteries. Turkey_sentence_29

Later usages can be found in the Dunbar poems, the 16th century Manipulus Vocabulorum ("Turkie, Tartaria") and Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum (Turky). Turkey_sentence_30

The modern spelling "Turkey" dates back to at least 1719. Turkey_sentence_31

The Turkish name Türkiye was adopted in 1923 under the influence of European usage. Turkey_sentence_32

History Turkey_section_1

Main article: History of Turkey Turkey_sentence_33

See also: History of Anatolia and History of Thrace Turkey_sentence_34

Prehistory of Anatolia and Eastern Thrace Turkey_section_2

Main articles: Prehistory of Anatolia and Prehistory of Southeastern Europe Turkey_sentence_35

See also: Ancient Anatolians, Ancient kingdoms of Anatolia, and Thracians Turkey_sentence_36

The Anatolian peninsula, comprising most of modern Turkey, is one of the oldest permanently settled regions in the world. Turkey_sentence_37

Various ancient Anatolian populations have lived in Anatolia, from at least the Neolithic until the Hellenistic period. Turkey_sentence_38

Many of these peoples spoke the Anatolian languages, a branch of the larger Indo-European language family: and, given the antiquity of the Indo-European Hittite and Luwian languages, some scholars have proposed Anatolia as the hypothetical centre from which the Indo-European languages radiated. Turkey_sentence_39

The European part of Turkey, called Eastern Thrace, has also been inhabited since at least forty thousand years ago, and is known to have been in the Neolithic era by about 6000 BC. Turkey_sentence_40

Göbekli Tepe is the site of the oldest known man-made religious structure, a temple dating to circa 10,000 BC, while Çatalhöyük is a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC. Turkey_sentence_41

It is the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site found to date and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Turkey_sentence_42

The settlement of Troy started in the Neolithic Age and continued into the Iron Age. Turkey_sentence_43

The earliest recorded inhabitants of Anatolia were the Hattians and Hurrians, non-Indo-European peoples who inhabited central and eastern Anatolia, respectively, as early as c. 2300 BC. Turkey_sentence_44

Indo-European Hittites came to Anatolia and gradually absorbed the Hattians and Hurrians c. 2000–1700 BC. Turkey_sentence_45

The first major empire in the area was founded by the Hittites, from the 18th through the 13th century BC. Turkey_sentence_46

The Assyrians conquered and settled parts of southeastern Turkey as early as 1950 BC until the year 612 BC, although they have remained a minority in the region, namely in Hakkari, Şırnak and Mardin. Turkey_sentence_47

Urartu re-emerged in Assyrian inscriptions in the 9th century BC as a powerful northern rival of Assyria. Turkey_sentence_48

Following the collapse of the Hittite empire c. 1180 BC, the Phrygians, an Indo-European people, achieved ascendancy in Anatolia until their kingdom was destroyed by the Cimmerians in the 7th century BC. Turkey_sentence_49

Starting from 714 BC, Urartu shared the same fate and dissolved in 590 BC, when it was conquered by the Medes. Turkey_sentence_50

The most powerful of Phrygia's successor states were Lydia, Caria and Lycia. Turkey_sentence_51

Antiquity Turkey_section_3

Main articles: Classical Anatolia and Hellenistic period Turkey_sentence_52

Starting around 1200 BC, the coast of Anatolia was heavily settled by Aeolian and Ionian Greeks. Turkey_sentence_53

Numerous important cities were founded by these colonists, such as Miletus, Ephesus, Smyrna (now İzmir) and Byzantium (now Istanbul), the latter founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 657 BC. Turkey_sentence_54

The first state that was called Armenia by neighbouring peoples was the state of the Armenian Orontid dynasty, which included parts of eastern Turkey beginning in the 6th century BC. Turkey_sentence_55

In Northwest Turkey, the most significant tribal group in Thrace was the Odyrisians, founded by Teres I. Turkey_sentence_56

All of modern-day Turkey was conquered by the Persian Achaemenid Empire during the 6th century BC. Turkey_sentence_57

The Greco-Persian Wars started when the Greek city states on the coast of Anatolia rebelled against Persian rule in 499 BC. Turkey_sentence_58

The territory of Turkey later fell to Alexander the Great in 334 BC, which led to increasing cultural homogeneity and Hellenization in the area. Turkey_sentence_59

Following Alexander's death in 323 BC, Anatolia was subsequently divided into a number of small Hellenistic kingdoms, all of which became part of the Roman Republic by the mid-1st century BC. Turkey_sentence_60

The process of Hellenization that began with Alexander's conquest accelerated under Roman rule, and by the early centuries of the Christian Era, the local Anatolian languages and cultures had become extinct, being largely replaced by ancient Greek language and culture. Turkey_sentence_61

From the 1st century BC up to the 3rd century CE, large parts of modern-day Turkey were contested between the Romans and neighbouring Parthians through the frequent Roman-Parthian Wars. Turkey_sentence_62

Early Christian and Byzantine period Turkey_section_4

Main articles: Early Christianity and Byzantine Anatolia Turkey_sentence_63

See also: Successors of the Byzantine Empire and States in late medieval Anatolia Turkey_sentence_64

According to Acts of Apostles 11, Antioch (now Antakya), a city in southern Turkey, is the birthplace of the first Christian community. Turkey_sentence_65

In 324, Constantine I chose Byzantium to be the new capital of the Roman Empire, renaming it New Rome. Turkey_sentence_66

Following the death of Theodosius I in 395 and the permanent division of the Roman Empire between his two sons, the city, which would popularly come to be known as Constantinople, became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Turkey_sentence_67

This empire, which would later be branded by historians as the Byzantine Empire, ruled most of the territory of present-day Turkey until the Late Middle Ages; although the eastern regions remained firmly in Sasanian hands up to the first half of the seventh century. Turkey_sentence_68

The frequent Byzantine-Sassanid Wars, as part of the centuries long-lasting Roman-Persian Wars, fought between the neighbouring rivalling Byzantines and Sasanians, took place in various parts of present-day Turkey and decided much of the latter's history from the fourth century up to the first half of the seventh century. Turkey_sentence_69

Several ecumenical councils of the early Church were held in cities located in present-day Turkey including the First Council of Nicaea (Iznik) in 325, the First Council of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 381, the Council of Ephesus in 431, and the Council of Chalcedon (Kadıköy) in 451. Turkey_sentence_70

Seljuks and the Ottoman Empire Turkey_section_5

Main articles: Seljuk dynasty and Ottoman dynasty Turkey_sentence_71

See also: Turkic migration, Mongol invasions of Anatolia, Seljuk Empire, Sultanate of Rum, and Ottoman Empire Turkey_sentence_72

The House of Seljuk originated from the Kınık branch of the Oghuz Turks who resided on the periphery of the Muslim world, in the Yabgu Khaganate of the Oğuz confederacy, to the north of the Caspian and Aral Seas, in the 9th century. Turkey_sentence_73

In the 10th century, the Seljuks started migrating from their ancestral homeland into Persia, which became the administrative core of the Great Seljuk Empire, after its foundation by Tughril. Turkey_sentence_74

In the latter half of the 11th century, the Seljuk Turks began penetrating into medieval Armenia and the eastern regions of Anatolia. Turkey_sentence_75

In 1071, the Seljuks defeated the Byzantines at the Battle of Manzikert, starting the Turkification process in the area; the Turkish language and Islam were introduced to Armenia and Anatolia, gradually spreading throughout the region. Turkey_sentence_76

The slow transition from a predominantly Christian and Greek-speaking Anatolia to a predominantly Muslim and Turkish-speaking one was underway. Turkey_sentence_77

The Mevlevi Order of dervishes, which was established in Konya during the 13th century by Sufi poet Celaleddin Rumi, played a significant role in the Islamization of the diverse people of Anatolia who had previously been Hellenized. Turkey_sentence_78

Thus, alongside the Turkification of the territory, the culturally Persianized Seljuks set the basis for a Turko-Persian principal culture in Anatolia, which their eventual successors, the Ottomans, would take over. Turkey_sentence_79

In 1243, the Seljuk armies were defeated by the Mongols at the Battle of Köse Dağ, causing the Seljuk Empire's power to slowly disintegrate. Turkey_sentence_80

In its wake, one of the Turkish principalities governed by Osman I would evolve over the next 200 years into the Ottoman Empire. Turkey_sentence_81

The Ottomans completed their conquest of the Byzantine Empire by capturing its capital, Constantinople, in 1453: their commander thenceforth being known as Mehmed the Conqueror. Turkey_sentence_82

In 1514, Sultan Selim I (1512–1520) successfully expanded the empire's southern and eastern borders by defeating Shah Ismail I of the Safavid dynasty in the Battle of Chaldiran. Turkey_sentence_83

In 1517, Selim I expanded Ottoman rule into Algeria and Egypt, and created a naval presence in the Red Sea. Turkey_sentence_84

Subsequently, a contest started between the Ottoman and Portuguese empires to become the dominant sea power in the Indian Ocean, with a number of naval battles in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Turkey_sentence_85

The Portuguese presence in the Indian Ocean was perceived as a threat to the Ottoman monopoly over the ancient trade routes between East Asia and Western Europe. Turkey_sentence_86

Despite the increasingly prominent European presence, the Ottoman Empire's trade with the east continued to flourish until the second half of the 18th century. Turkey_sentence_87

The Ottoman Empire's power and prestige peaked in the 16th and 17th centuries, particularly during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, who personally instituted major legislative changes relating to society, education, taxation and criminal law. Turkey_sentence_88

The empire was often at odds with the Holy Roman Empire in its steady advance towards Central Europe through the Balkans and the southern part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Turkey_sentence_89

The Ottoman Navy contended with several Holy Leagues, such as those in 1538, 1571, 1684 and 1717 (composed primarily of Habsburg Spain, the Republic of Genoa, the Republic of Venice, the Knights of St. John, the Papal States, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Duchy of Savoy), for the control of the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey_sentence_90

In the east, the Ottomans were often at war with Safavid Persia over conflicts stemming from territorial disputes or religious differences between the 16th and 18th centuries. Turkey_sentence_91

The Ottoman wars with Persia continued as the Zand, Afsharid, and Qajar dynasties succeeded the Safavids in Iran, until the first half of the 19th century. Turkey_sentence_92

Even further east, there was an extension of the Habsburg-Ottoman conflict, in that the Ottomans also had to send soldiers to their farthest and easternmost vassal and territory, the Aceh Sultanate in Southeast Asia, to defend it from European colonizers as well as the Latino invaders who had crossed from Latin America and had Christianized the formerly Muslim-dominated Philippines. Turkey_sentence_93

From the 16th to the early 20th centuries, the Ottoman Empire also fought twelve wars with the Russian Tsardom and Empire. Turkey_sentence_94

These were initially about Ottoman territorial expansion and consolidation in southeastern and eastern Europe; but starting from the Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774), they became more about the survival of the Ottoman Empire, which had begun to lose its strategic territories on the northern Black Sea coast to the advancing Russians. Turkey_sentence_95

From the second half of the 18th century onwards, the Ottoman Empire began to decline. Turkey_sentence_96

The Tanzimat reforms, initiated by Mahmud II just before his death in 1839, aimed to modernise the Ottoman state in line with the progress that had been made in Western Europe. Turkey_sentence_97

The efforts of Midhat Pasha during the late Tanzimat era led the Ottoman constitutional movement of 1876, which introduced the First Constitutional Era, but these efforts proved to be inadequate in most fields, and failed to stop the dissolution of the empire. Turkey_sentence_98

As the empire gradually shrank in size, military power and wealth; especially after the Ottoman economic crisis and default in 1875 which led to uprisings in the Balkan provinces that culminated in the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878); many Balkan Muslims migrated to the Empire's heartland in Anatolia, along with the Circassians fleeing the Russian conquest of the Caucasus. Turkey_sentence_99

The decline of the Ottoman Empire led to a rise in nationalist sentiment among its various subject peoples, leading to increased ethnic tensions which occasionally burst into violence, such as the Hamidian massacres of Armenians. Turkey_sentence_100

The loss of Rumelia (Ottoman territories in Europe) with the First Balkan War (1912–1913) was followed by the arrival of millions of Muslim refugees (muhacir) to Istanbul and Anatolia. Turkey_sentence_101

Historically, the Rumelia Eyalet and Anatolia Eyalet had formed the administrative core of the Ottoman Empire, with their governors titled Beylerbeyi participating in the Sultan's Divan, so the loss of all Balkan provinces beyond the Midye-Enez border line according to the London Conference of 1912–13 and the Treaty of London (1913) was a major shock for the Ottoman society and led to the 1913 Ottoman coup d'état. Turkey_sentence_102

In the Second Balkan War (1913) the Ottomans managed to recover their former capital Edirne (Adrianople) and its surrounding areas in East Thrace, which was formalised with the Treaty of Constantinople (1913). Turkey_sentence_103

The 1913 coup d'état effectively put the country under the control of the Three Pashas, making sultans Mehmed V and Mehmed VI largely symbolic figureheads with no real political power. Turkey_sentence_104

The Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of the Central Powers and was ultimately defeated. Turkey_sentence_105

The Ottomans successfully defended the Dardanelles strait during the Gallipoli campaign (1915–1916) and achieved initial victories against British forces in the first two years of the Mesopotamian campaign, such as the Siege of Kut (1915–1916); but the Arab Revolt (1916–1918) turned the tide against the Ottomans in the Middle East. Turkey_sentence_106

In the Caucasus campaign, however, the Russian forces had the upper hand from the beginning, especially after the Battle of Sarikamish (1914–1915). Turkey_sentence_107

Russian forces advanced into northeastern Anatolia and controlled the major cities there until retreating from World War I with the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk following the Russian Revolution (1917). Turkey_sentence_108

During the war, the empire's Armenians were deported to Syria as part of the Armenian Genocide. Turkey_sentence_109

As a result, an estimated 800,000 to 1,500,000 Armenians were killed. Turkey_sentence_110

The Turkish government has refused to acknowledge the events as genocide and states that Armenians were only relocated from the eastern war zone. Turkey_sentence_111

Genocidal campaigns were also committed against the empire's other minority groups such as the Assyrians and Greeks. Turkey_sentence_112

Following the Armistice of Mudros on 30 October 1918, the victorious Allied Powers sought to partition the Ottoman state through the 1920 Treaty of Sèvres. Turkey_sentence_113

Republic of Turkey Turkey_section_6

Main article: History of the Republic of Turkey Turkey_sentence_114

See also: Atatürk's Reforms Turkey_sentence_115

The occupation of Istanbul (1918) and İzmir (1919) by the Allies in the aftermath of World War I prompted the establishment of the Turkish National Movement. Turkey_sentence_116

Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Pasha, a military commander who had distinguished himself during the Battle of Gallipoli, the Turkish War of Independence (1919–1923) was waged with the aim of revoking the terms of the Treaty of Sèvres (1920). Turkey_sentence_117

By 18 September 1922 the Greek, Armenian and French armies had been expelled, and the Turkish Provisional Government in Ankara, which had declared itself the legitimate government of the country on 23 April 1920, started to formalise the legal transition from the old Ottoman into the new Republican political system. Turkey_sentence_118

On 1 November 1922, the Turkish Parliament in Ankara formally abolished the Sultanate, thus ending 623 years of monarchical Ottoman rule. Turkey_sentence_119

The Treaty of Lausanne of 24 July 1923, which superseded the Treaty of Sèvres, led to the international recognition of the sovereignty of the newly formed "Republic of Turkey" as the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, and the republic was officially proclaimed on 29 October 1923 in Ankara, the country's new capital. Turkey_sentence_120

The Lausanne Convention stipulated a population exchange between Greece and Turkey, whereby 1.1 million Greeks left Turkey for Greece in exchange for 380,000 Muslims transferred from Greece to Turkey. Turkey_sentence_121

Mustafa Kemal became the republic's first President and subsequently introduced many reforms. Turkey_sentence_122

The reforms aimed to transform the old religion-based and multi-communal Ottoman constitutional monarchy into a Turkish nation state that would be governed as a parliamentary republic under a secular constitution. Turkey_sentence_123

With the Surname Law of 1934, the Turkish Parliament bestowed upon Mustafa Kemal the honorific surname "Atatürk" (Father Turk). Turkey_sentence_124

The Montreux Convention (1936) restored Turkey's control over the Turkish Straits, including the right to militarise the coastlines of the Dardanelles and Bosporus straits and the Sea of Marmara, and to block maritime traffic in wartime. Turkey_sentence_125

Following the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, some Kurdish and Zaza tribes, which were feudal (manorial) communities led by chieftains (agha) during the Ottoman period, became discontent about certain aspects of Atatürk's reforms aiming to modernise the country, such as secularism (the Sheikh Said rebellion, 1925) and land reform (the Dersim rebellion, 1937–1938), and staged armed revolts that were put down with military operations. Turkey_sentence_126

İsmet İnönü became Turkey's second President following Atatürk's death on 10 November 1938. Turkey_sentence_127

On 29 June 1939, the Republic of Hatay voted in favour of joining Turkey with a referendum. Turkey_sentence_128

Turkey remained neutral during most of World War II, but entered the closing stages of the war on the side of the Allies on 23 February 1945. Turkey_sentence_129

On 26 June 1945, Turkey became a charter member of the United Nations. Turkey_sentence_130

In the following year, the single-party period in Turkey came to an end, with the first multiparty elections in 1946. Turkey_sentence_131

In 1950 Turkey became a member of the Council of Europe. Turkey_sentence_132

The Democratic Party established by Celâl Bayar won the 1950, 1954 and 1957 general elections and stayed in power for a decade, with Adnan Menderes as the Prime Minister and Bayar as the President. Turkey_sentence_133

After fighting as part of the United Nations forces in the Korean War, Turkey joined NATO in 1952, becoming a bulwark against Soviet expansion into the Mediterranean. Turkey_sentence_134

Turkey subsequently became a founding member of the OECD in 1961, and an associate member of the EEC in 1963. Turkey_sentence_135

The country's tumultuous transition to multiparty democracy was interrupted by military coups d'état in 1960 and 1980, as well as by military memorandums in 1971 and 1997. Turkey_sentence_136

Between 1960 and the end of the 20th century, the prominent leaders in Turkish politics who achieved multiple election victories were Süleyman Demirel, Bülent Ecevit and Turgut Özal. Turkey_sentence_137

Following a decade of Cypriot intercommunal violence and the coup in Cyprus on 15 July 1974 staged by the EOKA B paramilitary organisation, which overthrew President Makarios and installed the pro-Enosis (union with Greece) Nikos Sampson as dictator, Turkey invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974 by unilaterally exercising Article IV in the Treaty of Guarantee (1960), but without restoring the status quo ante at the end of the military operation. Turkey_sentence_138

In 1983 the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Turkey, was established. Turkey_sentence_139

The Annan Plan for reunifying the island was supported by the majority of Turkish Cypriots, but rejected by the majority of Greek Cypriots, in separate referendums in 2004. Turkey_sentence_140

However, negotiations for solving the Cyprus dispute are still ongoing between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot political leaders. Turkey_sentence_141

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK (designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, the European Union and NATO) has been active since 1984, primarily in the southeast of the country. Turkey_sentence_142

More than 40,000 people have died as a result of the conflict. Turkey_sentence_143

In 1999 PKK's founder Abdullah Öcalan was arrested and sentenced for terrorism and treason charges. Turkey_sentence_144

In the past, various Kurdish groups have unsuccessfully sought separation from Turkey to create an independent Kurdish state, while others have more recently pursued provincial autonomy and greater political and cultural rights for Kurds in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_145

In the 21st century some reforms have taken place to improve the cultural rights of ethnic minorities in Turkey, such as the establishment of TRT Kurdî, TRT Arabi and TRT Avaz by the TRT. Turkey_sentence_146

Since the liberalisation of the Turkish economy in the 1980s, the country has enjoyed stronger economic growth and greater political stability. Turkey_sentence_147

Turkey applied for full membership of the EEC in 1987, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995 and started accession negotiations with the European Union in 2005. Turkey_sentence_148

In a non-binding vote on 13 March 2019, the European Parliament called on the EU governments to suspend EU accession talks with Turkey, citing violations of human rights and the rule of law; but the negotiations, effectively on hold since 2018, remain active as of 2020. Turkey_sentence_149

In 2013, widespread protests erupted in many Turkish provinces, sparked by a plan to demolish Gezi Park but soon growing into general anti-government dissent. Turkey_sentence_150

On 15 July 2016, an unsuccessful coup attempt tried to oust the government. Turkey_sentence_151

As a reaction to the failed coup d'état, the government carried out mass purges. Turkey_sentence_152

Between 9 October – 25 November 2019, Turkey conducted a military offensive into north-eastern Syria. Turkey_sentence_153

Administrative divisions Turkey_section_7

Main article: Administrative divisions of Turkey Turkey_sentence_154

Further information: Regions of Turkey and NUTS of Turkey Turkey_sentence_155

Turkey has a unitary structure in terms of administration and this aspect is one of the most important factors shaping the Turkish public administration. Turkey_sentence_156

When three powers (executive, legislative and judiciary) are taken into account as the main functions of the state, local administrations have little power. Turkey_sentence_157

Turkey does not have a federal system, and the provinces are subordinate to the central government in Ankara. Turkey_sentence_158

Local administrations were established to provide services in place and the government is represented by the province governors (vali) and town governors (kaymakam). Turkey_sentence_159

Other senior public officials are also appointed by the central government instead of the mayors (belediye başkanı) or elected by constituents. Turkey_sentence_160

Turkish municipalities have local legislative bodies (belediye meclisi) for decision-making on municipal issues. Turkey_sentence_161

Within this unitary framework, Turkey is subdivided into 81 provinces (il or vilayet) for administrative purposes. Turkey_sentence_162

Each province is divided into districts (ilçe), for a total of 973 districts. Turkey_sentence_163

Turkey is also subdivided into 7 regions (bölge) and 21 subregions for geographic, demographic and economic purposes; this does not refer to an administrative division. Turkey_sentence_164

The centralised structure of decision-making in Ankara is stated by some academics as an impediment to good local governance, and occasionally causes resentment in the municipalities of urban centres that are inhabited largely by ethnic minority groups, such as the Kurds. Turkey_sentence_165

Steps towards decentralisation since 2004 have proven to be a highly controversial topic in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_166

The efforts to decentralise the administrative structure are also driven by the European Charter of Local Self-Government and with Chapter 22 ("Regional Policy & Coordination of Structural Instruments") of the acquis of the European Union. Turkey_sentence_167

A decentralisation program for Turkey has been a topic of discussion in the country's academics, politics and the broader public. Turkey_sentence_168

Politics Turkey_section_8

Main article: Politics of Turkey Turkey_sentence_169

See also: Constitution of Turkey, Elections in Turkey, and Ministries of Turkey Turkey_sentence_170

Between 1923 and 2018, Turkey was a parliamentary representative democracy. Turkey_sentence_171

A presidential system was adopted by referendum in 2017; the new system came into effect with the presidential election in 2018 and gives the President complete control of the executive, including the power to issue decrees, appoint his own cabinet, draw up the budget, dissolve parliament by calling early elections, and make appointments to the bureaucracy and the courts. Turkey_sentence_172

The office of Prime Minister has been abolished and its powers (together with those of the Cabinet) have been transferred to the President, who is the head of state and is elected for a five-year term by direct elections. Turkey_sentence_173

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the first president elected by direct voting. Turkey_sentence_174

Turkey's constitution governs the legal framework of the country. Turkey_sentence_175

It sets out the main principles of government and establishes Turkey as a unitary centralised state. Turkey_sentence_176

Executive power is exercised by the President, while the legislative power is vested in the unicameral parliament, called the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_177

The judiciary is nominally independent from the executive and the legislature, but the constitutional changes that came into effect with the referendums in 2007, 2010 and 2017 gave larger powers to the President and the ruling party for appointing or dismissing judges and prosecutors. Turkey_sentence_178

The Constitutional Court is charged with ruling on the conformity of laws and decrees with the constitution. Turkey_sentence_179

The Council of State is the tribunal of last resort for administrative cases, and the High Court of Appeals for all others. Turkey_sentence_180

Universal suffrage for both sexes has been applied throughout Turkey since 1933 and before most countries, and every Turkish citizen who has turned 18 years of age has the right to vote. Turkey_sentence_181

There are 600 members of parliament who are elected for a four-year term by a party-list proportional representation system from 85 electoral districts. Turkey_sentence_182

The Constitutional Court can strip the public financing of political parties that it deems anti-secular or separatist, or ban their existence altogether. Turkey_sentence_183

The electoral threshold is ten percent of the votes. Turkey_sentence_184

Supporters of Atatürk's reforms are called Kemalists, as distinguished from Islamists, representing the two diverging views regarding the role of religion in legislation, education and public life. Turkey_sentence_185

The Kemalist view supports a form of democracy with a secular constitution and Westernised culture, while maintaining the necessity of state intervention in the economy, education and other public services. Turkey_sentence_186

Since its foundation as a republic in 1923, Turkey has developed a strong tradition of secularism. Turkey_sentence_187

However, since the 1980s, issues such as income inequality and class distinction have given rise to Islamism, a movement that supports a larger role for religion in government policies, and in theory supports obligation to authority, communal solidarity and social justice; though what that entails in practice is often contested. Turkey_sentence_188

Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP has been described as becoming increasingly authoritarian. Turkey_sentence_189

Even before the constitutional referendum in 2017 the Council of Europe said the country had autocratic tendencies and warned of a "dramatic regression of [Turkey's] democratic order". Turkey_sentence_190

Many elements in the constitutional reform package that was approved with the referendum in 2017 have increased concerns in the European Union regarding democracy and the separation of powers in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_191

In 2017 the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index rated Turkey at 4.88 (on a 0–10 scale), classifying Turkey as a hybrid regime. Turkey_sentence_192

In 2018, Freedom House rated Turkey at 32 (on a 0–100 scale) as Not Free. Turkey_sentence_193

In 2019 Turkey ranked 110th out of 167 countries in the Democracy Index. Turkey_sentence_194

Law Turkey_section_9

Main articles: Judicial system of Turkey and Law enforcement in Turkey Turkey_sentence_195

Turkey's judicial system has been wholly integrated with the system of continental Europe. Turkey_sentence_196

For instance, the Turkish Civil Code has been modified by incorporating elements mainly of the Swiss Civil Code and Code of Obligations, and the German Commercial Code. Turkey_sentence_197

The Administrative Code bears similarities with its French counterpart, and the Penal Code with its Italian counterpart. Turkey_sentence_198

Turkey has adopted the principle of the separation of powers. Turkey_sentence_199

In line with this principle, judicial power is exercised by independent courts on behalf of the Turkish nation. Turkey_sentence_200

The independence and organisation of the courts, the security of the tenure of judges and public prosecutors, the profession of judges and prosecutors, the supervision of judges and public prosecutors, the military courts and their organisation, and the powers and duties of the high courts are regulated by the Turkish Constitution. Turkey_sentence_201

According to Article 142 of the Turkish Constitution, the organisation, duties and jurisdiction of the courts, their functions and the trial procedures are regulated by law. Turkey_sentence_202

In line with the aforementioned article of the Turkish Constitution and related laws, the court system in Turkey can be classified under three main categories; which are the Judicial Courts, Administrative Courts and Military Courts. Turkey_sentence_203

Each category includes first instance courts and high courts. Turkey_sentence_204

In addition, the Court of Jurisdictional Disputes rules on cases that cannot be classified readily as falling within the purview of one court system. Turkey_sentence_205

Law enforcement in Turkey is carried out by several departments (such as the General Directorate of Security and Gendarmerie General Command) and agencies, all acting under the command of the President of Turkey or mostly the Minister of Internal Affairs. Turkey_sentence_206

According to figures released by the Justice Ministry, there are 100,000 people in Turkish prisons as of November 2008, a doubling since 2000. Turkey_sentence_207

In the years of government by the AKP and Erdoğan, particularly since 2013, the independence and integrity of the Turkish judiciary has increasingly been said to be in doubt by institutions, parliamentarians and journalists both within and outside of Turkey; due to political interference in the promotion of judges and prosecutors, and in their pursuit of public duty. Turkey_sentence_208

The Turkey 2015 report of the European Commission stated that "the independence of the judiciary and respect of the principle of separation of powers have been undermined and judges and prosecutors have been under strong political pressure." Turkey_sentence_209

Foreign relations Turkey_section_10

Main article: Foreign relations of Turkey Turkey_sentence_210

Turkey is a founding member of the United Nations (1945), the OECD (1961), the OIC (1969), the OSCE (1973), the ECO (1985), the BSEC (1992), the D-8 (1997) and the G20 (1999). Turkey_sentence_211

Turkey was a member of the United Nations Security Council in 1951–1952, 1954–1955, 1961 and 2009–2010. Turkey_sentence_212

In 2012 Turkey became a dialogue partner of the SCO, and in 2013 became a member of the ACD. Turkey_sentence_213

In line with its traditional Western orientation, relations with Europe have always been a central part of Turkish foreign policy. Turkey_sentence_214

Turkey became one of the early members of the Council of Europe in 1950, applied for associate membership of the EEC (predecessor of the European Union) in 1959 and became an associate member in 1963. Turkey_sentence_215

After decades of political negotiations, Turkey applied for full membership of the EEC in 1987, became an associate member of the Western European Union in 1992, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995 and has been in formal accession negotiations with the EU since 2005. Turkey_sentence_216

Today, EU membership is considered as a state policy and a strategic target by Turkey. Turkey_sentence_217

Turkey's support for Northern Cyprus in the Cyprus dispute complicates Turkey's relations with the EU and remains a major stumbling block to the country's EU accession bid. Turkey_sentence_218

The other defining aspect of Turkey's foreign policy was the country's long-standing strategic alliance with the United States. Turkey_sentence_219

The Truman Doctrine in 1947 enunciated American intentions to guarantee the security of Turkey and Greece during the Cold War, and resulted in large-scale U.S. Turkey_sentence_220

military and economic support. Turkey_sentence_221

In 1948 both countries were included in the Marshall Plan and the OEEC for rebuilding European economies. Turkey_sentence_222

The common threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War led to Turkey's membership of NATO in 1952, ensuring close bilateral relations with the US. Turkey_sentence_223

Subsequently, Turkey benefited from the United States' political, economic and diplomatic support, including in key issues such as the country's bid to join the European Union. Turkey_sentence_224

In the post–Cold War environment, Turkey's geostrategic importance shifted towards its proximity to the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Balkans. Turkey_sentence_225

The independence of the Turkic states of the Soviet Union in 1991, with which Turkey shares a common cultural and linguistic heritage, allowed Turkey to extend its economic and political relations deep into Central Asia, thus enabling the completion of a multi-billion-dollar oil and natural gas pipeline from Baku in Azerbaijan to the port of Ceyhan in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_226

The Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline forms part of Turkey's foreign policy strategy to become an energy conduit from the Caspian Sea basin to Europe. Turkey_sentence_227

However, in 1993, Turkey sealed its land border with Armenia in a gesture of support to Azerbaijan (a Turkic state in the Caucasus region) during the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, and it remains closed. Turkey_sentence_228

Under the AKP government, Turkey's influence has grown in the formerly Ottoman territories of the Middle East and the Balkans, based on the "strategic depth" doctrine (a terminology that was coined by Ahmet Davutoğlu for defining Turkey's increased engagement in regional foreign policy issues), also called Neo-Ottomanism. Turkey_sentence_229

Following the Arab Spring in December 2010, the choices made by the AKP government for supporting certain political opposition groups in the affected countries have led to tensions with some Arab states, such as Turkey's neighbour Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war, and Egypt after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi. Turkey_sentence_230

As of 2016, Turkey does not have an ambassador in either Syria or Egypt. Turkey_sentence_231

Diplomatic relations with Israel were also severed after the Gaza flotilla raid in 2010, but were normalised following a deal in June 2016. Turkey_sentence_232

These political rifts have left Turkey with few allies in the East Mediterranean, where rich natural gas fields have recently been discovered; in sharp contrast with the original goals that were set by the former Foreign Minister (later Prime Minister) Ahmet Davutoğlu in his "zero problems with neighbours" foreign policy doctrine. Turkey_sentence_233

In 2015, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar formed a "strategic alliance" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey_sentence_234

However, following the rapprochement with Russia in 2016, Turkey revised its stance regarding the solution of the conflict in Syria. Turkey_sentence_235

In January 2018, the Turkish military and the Turkish-backed forces, including the Free Syrian Army and Ahrar al-Sham, began an intervention in Syria aimed at ousting U.S.-backed YPG from the enclave of Afrin. Turkey_sentence_236

In 2020, Turkey openly intervened in Libya at the request of the GNA. Turkey_sentence_237

There is a dispute over Turkey's maritime boundaries with Greece and Cyprus and drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey_sentence_238

Turkey recognizes and supports the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, which has been torn by a civil war since 2014. Turkey_sentence_239

Military Turkey_section_11

Main article: Turkish Armed Forces Turkey_sentence_240

See also: Defense industry of Turkey Turkey_sentence_241

The Turkish Armed Forces consist of the Land Forces, the Naval Forces and the Air Force. Turkey_sentence_242

The Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard operate as parts of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in peacetime, although they are subordinated to the Army and Navy Commands respectively in wartime, during which they have both internal law-enforcement and military functions. Turkey_sentence_243

The Chief of the General Staff is appointed by the President. Turkey_sentence_244

The Council of Ministers is responsible to the Parliament for matters of national security and the adequate preparation of the armed forces to defend the country. Turkey_sentence_245

However, the authority to declare war and to deploy the Turkish Armed Forces to foreign countries or to allow foreign armed forces to be stationed in Turkey rests solely with the Parliament. Turkey_sentence_246

Every fit male Turkish citizen otherwise not barred is required to serve in the military for a period ranging from three weeks to a year, dependent on education and job location. Turkey_sentence_247

Turkey does not recognise conscientious objection and does not offer a civilian alternative to military service. Turkey_sentence_248

Turkey has the second-largest standing military force in NATO, after the US Armed Forces, with an estimated strength of 495,000 deployable forces, according to a 2011 NATO estimate. Turkey_sentence_249

Turkey is one of five NATO member states which are part of the nuclear sharing policy of the alliance, together with Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Turkey_sentence_250

A total of 90 B61 nuclear bombs are hosted at the Incirlik Air Base, 40 of which are allocated for use by the Turkish Air Force in case of a nuclear conflict, but their use requires the approval of NATO. Turkey_sentence_251

Turkey has maintained forces in international missions under the United Nations and NATO since the Korean War, including peacekeeping missions in Somalia, Yugoslavia and the Horn of Africa. Turkey_sentence_252

Turkey supported the coalition forces in the First Gulf War. Turkey_sentence_253

Turkish Armed Forces contribute military personnel to the International Security Assistance Force, Kosovo Force, Eurocorps and EU Battlegroups. Turkey_sentence_254

Turkey maintains a force of 36,000 troops in Northern Cyprus since 1974. Turkey_sentence_255

In recent years, Turkey has assisted Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq and the Somali Armed Forces with security and training. Turkey_sentence_256

Turkish Armed Forces have overseas military bases in Albania, Iraq, Qatar, and Somalia. Turkey_sentence_257

In the 2016 Global Peace Index, Turkey ranked 145th out of 163 countries in the world, mainly because of its "increasingly strained relations with its neighbors", according to Forbes. Turkey_sentence_258

Human rights Turkey_section_12

Main article: Human rights in Turkey Turkey_sentence_259

See also: Racism in Turkey, Torture in Turkey, Censorship in Turkey, and 2016–present purges in Turkey Turkey_sentence_260

The human rights record of Turkey has been the subject of much controversy and international condemnation. Turkey_sentence_261

Between 1959 and 2011 the European Court of Human Rights made more than 2400 judgements against Turkey for human rights violations on issues such as Kurdish rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, and media freedom. Turkey_sentence_262

Turkey's human rights record continues to be a significant obstacle to the country's membership of the EU. Turkey_sentence_263

In the latter half of the 1970s, Turkey suffered from political violence between far-left and far-right militant groups, which culminated in the military coup of 1980. Turkey_sentence_264

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, the European Union and NATO) was founded in 1978 by a group of Kurdish militants led by Abdullah Öcalan, seeking the foundation of an independent, Marxist-Leninist state in the region, which was to be known as Kurdistan. Turkey_sentence_265

The initial reason given by the PKK for this was the oppression of Kurds in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_266

A full-scale insurgency began in 1984, when the PKK announced a Kurdish uprising. Turkey_sentence_267

Following the arrest and imprisonment of Abdullah Öcalan in 1999, the PKK modified its demands into equal rights for ethnic Kurds and provincial autonomy within Turkey. Turkey_sentence_268

Since the conflict began, more than 40,000 people have died, most of whom were Turkish Kurds. Turkey_sentence_269

The European Court of Human Rights and other international human rights organisations have condemned Turkey for human rights abuses. Turkey_sentence_270

Many judgments are related to cases such as civilian deaths in aerial bombardments, torturing, forced displacements, destroyed villages, arbitrary arrests, murdered and disappeared Kurdish journalists, activists and politicians. Turkey_sentence_271

On 20 May 2016, the Turkish parliament stripped almost a quarter of its members of immunity from prosecution, including 101 deputies from the pro-Kurdish HDP and the main opposition CHP party. Turkey_sentence_272

In reaction to the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, over 160,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants have been suspended or dismissed, 77,000 have been formally arrested, and 130 media organisations, including 16 television broadcasters and 45 newspapers, have been closed by the government of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_273

160 journalists have been imprisoned. Turkey_sentence_274

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the AKP government has waged one of the world's biggest crackdowns on media freedom. Turkey_sentence_275

Many journalists have been arrested using charges of "terrorism" and "anti-state activities" such as the Ergenekon and Balyoz cases, while thousands have been investigated on charges such as "denigrating Turkishness" or "insulting Islam" in an effort to sow self-censorship. Turkey_sentence_276

In 2017, the CPJ identified 81 jailed journalists in Turkey (including the editorial staff of Cumhuriyet, Turkey's oldest newspaper still in circulation), all directly held for their published work (the country ranked first in the world in that year, with more journalists in prison than in Iran, Eritrea or China); while in 2015 Freemuse identified nine musicians imprisoned for their work (ranking third after Russia and China). Turkey_sentence_277

In 2015 Turkey's media was rated as not free by Freedom House. Turkey_sentence_278

In its resolution "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey" on 22 June 2016, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe warned that "recent developments in Turkey pertaining to freedom of the media and of expression, erosion of the rule of law and the human rights violations in relation to anti-terrorism security operations in south-east Turkey have (...) raised serious questions about the functioning of its democratic institutions." Turkey_sentence_279

Renowned Turkish journalists who were murdered for their opinions include Abdi İpekçi (1929–1979, editor-in-chief of Milliyet); Çetin Emeç (1935–1990, chief columnist and coordinator of Hürriyet); Uğur Mumcu (1942–1993, columnist and investigative journalist of Cumhuriyet); and Hrant Dink (1954–2007, founder and editor-in-chief of Agos). Turkey_sentence_280

During the October 2019 offensive into Syria, Turkish forces have been accused of war crimes, such as targeting civilians with white phosphorus and various other human rights violations. Turkey_sentence_281

Turkey has officially rejected the claims, with the Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar stating that chemical weapons don't exist in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces. Turkey_sentence_282

Amnesty International stated that it had gathered evidence of war crimes and other violations committed by Turkish and Turkey-backed Syrian forces who are said to "have displayed a shameful disregard for civilian life, carrying out serious violations and war crimes, including summary killings and unlawful attacks that have killed and injured civilians". Turkey_sentence_283

Geography Turkey_section_13

Main article: Geography of Turkey Turkey_sentence_284

Turkey is a transcontinental Eurasian country. Turkey_sentence_285

Asian Turkey, which includes 97 percent of the country, is separated from European Turkey by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. Turkey_sentence_286

European Turkey comprises 3 percent of the country's territory. Turkey_sentence_287

The territory of Turkey is more than 1,600 kilometres (990 miles) long and 800 kilometres (500 miles) wide, with a roughly rectangular shape. Turkey_sentence_288

It lies between latitudes 35° and 43° N, and longitudes 25° and 45° E. Turkey_sentence_289

Turkey's land area, including lakes, occupies 783,562 square kilometres (302,535 square miles), of which 755,688 square kilometres (291,773 square miles) are in Southwest Asia and 23,764 square kilometres (9,175 square miles) in Europe. Turkey_sentence_290

Turkey is the world's 37th-largest country in terms of area. Turkey_sentence_291

The country is encircled by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. Turkey_sentence_292

Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara in the northwest. Turkey_sentence_293

The European section of Turkey, also known as East Thrace (Turkish: Trakya) is located at the easternmost edge the Balkan peninsula. Turkey_sentence_294

It forms the border between Turkey and its neighbours Greece and Bulgaria. Turkey_sentence_295

The Asian part of the country mostly consists of the peninsula of Anatolia, which consists of a high central plateau with narrow coastal plains, between the Köroğlu and Pontic mountain ranges to the north and the Taurus Mountains to the south. Turkey_sentence_296

Eastern Turkey has a more mountainous landscape and is home to the sources of rivers such as the Euphrates, Tigris and Aras. Turkey_sentence_297

The western portion of the Armenian highland is located in eastern Turkey; this region contains Mount Ararat, Turkey's highest point at 5,137 metres (16,854 feet), and Lake Van, the largest lake in the country. Turkey_sentence_298

Southeastern Turkey is located within the northern plains of Upper Mesopotamia. Turkey_sentence_299

Turkey is divided into seven geographical regions: Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Central Anatolia, Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia and the Mediterranean. Turkey_sentence_300

The uneven north Anatolian terrain running along the Black Sea resembles a long, narrow belt. Turkey_sentence_301

This region comprises approximately one-sixth of Turkey's total land area. Turkey_sentence_302

As a general trend, the inland Anatolian plateau becomes increasingly rugged as it progresses eastward. Turkey_sentence_303

Turkey's varied landscapes are the product of complex earth movements that have shaped the region over thousands of years and still manifest themselves in fairly frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. Turkey_sentence_304

The Bosphorus and the Dardanelles owe their existence to the fault lines running through Turkey that led to the creation of the Black Sea. Turkey_sentence_305

The North Anatolian Fault Line runs across the north of the country from west to east, along which major earthquakes took place in history. Turkey_sentence_306

The latest of those big earthquakes was the 1999 İzmit earthquake. Turkey_sentence_307

Biodiversity Turkey_section_14

Main articles: Wildlife of Turkey, Fauna of Turkey, and Flora and vegetation of Turkey Turkey_sentence_308

See also: Environmental issues in Turkey Turkey_sentence_309

Turkey's extraordinary ecosystem and habitat diversity has produced considerable species diversity. Turkey_sentence_310

Anatolia is the homeland of many plants that have been cultivated for food since the advent of agriculture, and the wild ancestors of many plants that now provide staples for humankind still grow in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_311

The diversity of Turkey's fauna is even greater than that of its flora. Turkey_sentence_312

The number of animal species in the whole of Europe is around 60,000, while in Turkey there are over 80,000 (over 100,000 counting the subspecies). Turkey_sentence_313

The Northern Anatolian conifer and deciduous forests is an ecoregion which covers most of the Pontic Mountains in northern Turkey, while the Caucasus mixed forests extend across the eastern end of the range. Turkey_sentence_314

The region is home to Eurasian wildlife such as the Eurasian sparrowhawk, golden eagle, eastern imperial eagle, lesser spotted eagle, Caucasian black grouse, red-fronted serin, and wallcreeper. Turkey_sentence_315

The narrow coastal strip between the Pontic Mountains and the Black Sea is home to the Euxine-Colchic deciduous forests, which contain some of the world's few temperate rainforests. Turkey_sentence_316

The Turkish pine is mostly found in Turkey and other east Mediterranean countries. Turkey_sentence_317

Several wild species of tulip are native to Anatolia, and the flower was first introduced to Western Europe with species taken from the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Turkey_sentence_318

There are 40 national parks, 189 nature parks, 31 nature preserve areas, 80 wildlife protection areas and 109 nature monuments in Turkey such as Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park, Mount Nemrut National Park, Ancient Troya National Park, Ölüdeniz Nature Park and Polonezköy Nature Park. Turkey_sentence_319

The Anatolian leopard is still found in very small numbers in the northeastern and southeastern regions of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_320

The Eurasian lynx and the European wildcat are other felid species which are currently found in the forests of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_321

Threats to biodiversity Turkey_section_15

The Caspian tiger, now extinct, lived in the easternmost regions of Turkey until the latter half of the 20th century. Turkey_sentence_322

In the 21st century threats to biodiversity include desertification due to climate change in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_323

Domestic animals Turkey_section_16

Renowned domestic animals from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, include the Angora cat, Angora rabbit and Angora goat; and from Van Province the Van cat. Turkey_sentence_324

The national dog breeds are the Kangal, Malaklı, Akbaş and Anatolian Shepherd. Turkey_sentence_325

Climate Turkey_section_17

Main article: Climate of Turkey Turkey_sentence_326

See also: Climate change in Turkey Turkey_sentence_327

The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. Turkey_sentence_328

The coastal areas bordering the Black Sea have a temperate oceanic climate with warm, wet summers and cool to cold, wet winters. Turkey_sentence_329

The Turkish Black Sea coast receives the greatest amount of precipitation and is the only region of Turkey that receives high precipitation throughout the year. Turkey_sentence_330

The eastern part of that coast averages 2,200 millimetres (87 in) annually which is the highest precipitation in the country. Turkey_sentence_331

The coastal areas bordering the Sea of Marmara, which connects the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea, have a transitional climate between a temperate Mediterranean climate and a temperate oceanic climate with warm to hot, moderately dry summers and cool to cold, wet winters. Turkey_sentence_332

Snow falls on the coastal areas of the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea almost every winter, but usually melts in no more than a few days. Turkey_sentence_333

However snow is rare in the coastal areas of the Aegean Sea and very rare in the coastal areas of the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey_sentence_334

Mountains close to the coast prevent Mediterranean influences from extending inland, giving the central Anatolian plateau of the interior of Turkey a continental climate with sharply contrasting seasons. Turkey_sentence_335

Winters on the eastern part of the plateau are especially severe. Turkey_sentence_336

Temperatures of −30 to −40 °C (−22 to −40 °F) can occur in eastern Anatolia. Turkey_sentence_337

Snow may remain at least 120 days of the year. Turkey_sentence_338

In the west, winter temperatures average below 1 °C (34 °F). Turkey_sentence_339

Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures often above 30 °C (86 °F) in the day. Turkey_sentence_340

Annual precipitation averages about 400 millimetres (16 inches), with actual amounts determined by elevation. Turkey_sentence_341

The driest regions are the Konya Plain and the Malatya Plain, where annual rainfall is often less than 300 millimetres (12 inches). Turkey_sentence_342

May is generally the wettest month, whereas July and August are the driest. Turkey_sentence_343

Turkey has signed but not ratified global agreements on reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the country has not yet ratified the Kigali Accord to regulate hydrofluorocarbons, and is one of the few countries that have not ratified the Paris agreement on climate change. Turkey_sentence_344

Economy Turkey_section_18

Main article: Economy of Turkey Turkey_sentence_345

See also: Turkish currency and debt crisis, 2018 Turkey_sentence_346

With an estimated nominal gross domestic product of $744 billion ($8,958 per capita) and $2.4 trillion ($28,264 p.c.) Turkey_sentence_347

in purchasing power parity, Turkey is the world's 19th largest economy and 13th largest by PPP. Turkey_sentence_348

The country is among the founding members of the OECD and the G20. Turkey_sentence_349

The EU – Turkey Customs Union in 1995 led to an extensive liberalisation of tariff rates, and forms one of the most important pillars of Turkey's foreign trade policy. Turkey_sentence_350

The automotive industry in Turkey is sizeable, and produced over 1.3 million motor vehicles in 2015, ranking as the 14th largest producer in the world. Turkey_sentence_351

Turkish shipyards are highly regarded both for the production of chemical and oil tankers up to 10,000 dwt and also for their mega yachts. Turkey_sentence_352

Turkish brands like Beko and Vestel are among the largest producers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Europe, and invest a substantial amount of funds for research and development in new technologies related to these fields. Turkey_sentence_353

Other key sectors of the Turkish economy are banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, oil refining, petrochemical products, food, mining, iron and steel, and machine industry. Turkey_sentence_354

However, agriculture still accounted for a quarter of employment. Turkey_sentence_355

In 2004, it was estimated that 46 percent of total disposable income was received by the top 20 percent of income earners, while the lowest 20 percent received only 6 percent. Turkey_sentence_356

The rate of female employment in Turkey was 30 percent in 2012, the lowest among all OECD countries. Turkey_sentence_357

Foreign direct investment (FDI) was $8.3 billion in 2012, a figure expected to rise to $15 billion in 2013. Turkey_sentence_358

In the economic crisis of 2016 it emerged that the huge debts incurred for investment during the AKP government since 2002 had mostly been consumed in construction, rather than invested in sustainable economic growth. Turkey_sentence_359

Turkey's gross external debt reached $453.2 billion at the end of December 2017. Turkey_sentence_360

Turkey's annual current account deficit was $47.3 billion at the end of December 2017, compared to the previous year's figure of $33.1 billion. Turkey_sentence_361

In 2020, according to Carbon Tracker, money was being wasted constructing more coal-fired power stations in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_362

Fatih Birol the head of the International Energy Agency said that fossil fuel subsidies should be redirected, for example to the health system. Turkey_sentence_363

Fossil fuel subsidies were around 0.2% of GDP for the first two decades of the 21st century, and are higher than clean energy subsidies. Turkey_sentence_364

In 2020 the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development offered to support a just transition away from coal. Turkey_sentence_365

History Turkey_section_19

Main article: Economic history of Turkey Turkey_sentence_366

In the early decades of the Turkish Republic, the government (or banks established and owned by the government, such as Türkiye İş Bankası (1924), Sanayi ve Maadin Bankası (1925), Emlak ve Eytam Bankası (1926), Central Bank of Turkey (1930), Sümerbank (1933), İller Bankası (1933), Etibank (1935), Denizbank (1937), Halk Bankası (1938), etc.) had to subsidise most of the industrial projects, due to the lack of a strong private sector. Turkey_sentence_367

However, in the period between the 1920s and 1950s, a new generation of Turkish entrepreneurs such as Nuri Demirağ, Vehbi Koç, Hacı Ömer Sabancı and Nejat Eczacıbaşı began to establish privately owned factories, some of which evolved into the largest industrial conglomerates that dominate the Turkish economy today, such as Koç Holding, Sabancı Holding and Eczacıbaşı Holding. Turkey_sentence_368

During the first six decades of the republic, between 1923 and 1983, Turkey generally adhered to a quasi-statist approach with strict government planning of the budget and government-imposed limitations over foreign trade, flow of foreign currency, foreign direct investment and private sector participation in certain fields (such as broadcasting, telecommunications, energy, mining, etc.). Turkey_sentence_369

However, in 1983, Prime Minister Turgut Özal initiated a series of reforms designed to shift the economy from a statist, insulated system to a more private-sector, market-based model. Turkey_sentence_370

The reforms, combined with unprecedented amounts of funding from foreign loans, spurred rapid economic growth; but this growth was punctuated by sharp recessions and financial crises in 1994, 1999 (following the earthquake in Izmit that year), and 2001; resulting in an average of 4 percent GDP growth per annum between 1981 and 2003. Turkey_sentence_371

Lack of additional fiscal reforms, combined with large and growing public sector deficits and widespread corruption, resulted in high inflation, a weak banking sector and increased macroeconomic volatility. Turkey_sentence_372

After the economic crisis of 2001 and the reforms initiated by the then finance minister, Kemal Derviş, inflation dropped to single-digit figures for the first time in decades (8% in 2005), investor confidence and foreign investment soared, and unemployment fell to 10% in 2005. Turkey_sentence_373

Turkey has gradually opened up its markets through economic reforms by reducing government controls on foreign trade and investment and the privatisation of publicly owned industries, and the liberalisation of many sectors to private and foreign participation has continued amid political debate. Turkey_sentence_374

The real GDP growth rate from 2002 to 2007 averaged 6.8 percent annually, which made Turkey one of the fastest growing economies in the world during that period. Turkey_sentence_375

However, growth slowed to 1 percent in 2008, and in 2009 the Turkish economy was affected by the global financial crisis, with a recession of 5 percent. Turkey_sentence_376

The economy was estimated to have returned to 8 percent growth in 2010. Turkey_sentence_377

According to Eurostat data, Turkish GDP per capita adjusted by purchasing power standards stood at 61 percent of the EU average in 2019. Turkey_sentence_378

The public debt-to-GDP ratio peaked at 75.9 percent during the recession of 2001, falling to an estimated 26.9 percent by 2013. Turkey_sentence_379

In the early years of the 21st century, the chronically high inflation was brought under control; this led to the launch of a new currency, the Turkish new lira (Yeni Türk Lirası) in 2005, to cement the acquisition of the economic reforms and erase the vestiges of an unstable economy. Turkey_sentence_380

In 2009, after only four years in circulation, the Turkish new lira was renamed back to the Turkish lira with the introduction of new banknotes and coins. Turkey_sentence_381

Tourism Turkey_section_20

Main article: Tourism in Turkey Turkey_sentence_382

Tourism in Turkey has increased almost every year in the 21st century, and is an important part of the economy. Turkey_sentence_383

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism currently promotes Turkish tourism under the Turkey Home name. Turkey_sentence_384

Turkey is one of the world's top ten destination countries, with the highest percentage of foreign visitors arriving from Germany and Russia in recent years. Turkey_sentence_385

In 2018 Turkey ranked 6th in the world in terms of the number of international tourist arrivals, with 45.8 million foreign tourists visiting the country. Turkey_sentence_386

Turkey has 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", the "Rock Sites of Cappadocia", the "Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük", "Hattusa: the Hittite Capital", the "Archaeological Site of Troy", "Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape", "HierapolisPamukkale", and "Mount Nemrut"; and 51 World Heritage Sites in tentative list, such as the archaeological sites or historic urban centres of Göbekli Tepe, Gordion, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Perga, Lycia, Sagalassos, Aizanoi, Zeugma, Ani, Harran, Mardin, Konya and Alanya. Turkey_sentence_387

Turkey is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the world's oldest religious site Göbekli Tepe, and numerous other World Heritage Sites. Turkey_sentence_388

Infrastructure Turkey_section_21

Main articles: Transport in Turkey, Communications in Turkey, Energy in Turkey, and Water supply and sanitation in Turkey Turkey_sentence_389

In 2013 there were 98 airports in Turkey, including 22 international airports. Turkey_sentence_390

İstanbul Airport is planned to be the largest airport in the world, with a capacity to serve 150 million passengers a year. Turkey_sentence_391

As well as Turkish Airlines, flag carrier of Turkey since 1933, several other airlines operate in the country. Turkey_sentence_392

As of 2014, the country has a roadway network of 65,623 kilometres (40,776 miles). Turkey_sentence_393

Turkish State Railways started building high-speed rail lines in 2003. Turkey_sentence_394

The Ankara-Konya line became operational in 2011, while the Ankara-Istanbul line entered service in 2014. Turkey_sentence_395

Opened in 2013, the Marmaray tunnel under the Bosphorus connects the railway and metro lines of Istanbul's European and Asian sides; while the nearby Eurasia Tunnel (2016) provides an undersea road connection for motor vehicles. Turkey_sentence_396

The Bosphorus Bridge (1973), Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (1988) and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (2016) are the three suspension bridges connecting the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus strait. Turkey_sentence_397

The Osman Gazi Bridge (2016) connects the northern and southern shores of the Gulf of İzmit. Turkey_sentence_398

The Çanakkale Bridge, currently under construction, will connect the European and Asian shores of the Dardanelles strait. Turkey_sentence_399

Many natural gas pipelines span the country's territory. Turkey_sentence_400

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, the second longest oil pipeline in the world, was inaugurated in 2005. Turkey_sentence_401

The Blue Stream, a major trans-Black Sea gas pipeline, delivers natural gas from Russia to Turkey. Turkey_sentence_402

The undersea pipeline, Turkish Stream, with an annual capacity around 63 billion cubic metres (2,200 billion cubic feet), will allow Turkey to resell Russian gas to Europe. Turkey_sentence_403

Turkey's internet, which has 42.3 million active users, holds a 'Not Free' ranking in Freedom House's index. Turkey_sentence_404

Turkish government has constantly blocked websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia. Turkey_sentence_405

According to Twitter's transparency report, Turkey is the global leader in social media censorship. Turkey_sentence_406

As of 2018 Turkey consumes 1700 terawatt hours (TW/h) of primary energy per year, a little over 20 megawatt hours (MW/h) per person, mostly from imported fossil fuels. Turkey_sentence_407

Although the energy policy of Turkey includes reducing fossil-fuel imports, coal in Turkey is the largest single reason why greenhouse gas emissions by Turkey amount to 1% of the global total. Turkey_sentence_408

Renewable energy in Turkey is being increased and Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is being built on the Mediterranean coast: but despite national electricity generation overcapacity fossil fuels are still subsidized. Turkey_sentence_409

Turkey has the fifth-highest direct utilisation and capacity of geothermal power in the world. Turkey_sentence_410

Water supply and sanitation in Turkey is characterised by achievements and challenges. Turkey_sentence_411

Over the past decades access to drinking water has become almost universal and access to adequate sanitation has also increased substantially. Turkey_sentence_412

Autonomous utilities have been created in the 16 metropolitan cities of Turkey and cost recovery has been increased, thus providing the basis for the sustainability of service provision. Turkey_sentence_413

Intermittent supply, which was common in many cities, has become less frequent. Turkey_sentence_414

Remaining challenges include the need to further increase wastewater treatment, to reduce the high level of non-revenue water hovering around 50% and to expand access to adequate sanitation in rural areas. Turkey_sentence_415

The investment required to comply with EU standards in the sector, especially in wastewater treatment, is estimated to be in the order of €2 billion per year, more than double the current level of investment. Turkey_sentence_416

Science and technology Turkey_section_22

Main article: Science and technology in Turkey Turkey_sentence_417

TÜBİTAK is the leading agency for developing science, technology and innovation policies in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_418

TÜBA is an autonomous scholarly society acting to promote scientific activities in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_419

TAEK is the official nuclear energy institution of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_420

Its objectives include academic research in nuclear energy, and the development and implementation of peaceful nuclear tools. Turkey_sentence_421

Turkish government companies for research and development in military technologies include Turkish Aerospace Industries, ASELSAN, HAVELSAN, ROKETSAN, MKE, among others. Turkey_sentence_422

Turkish Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Center (UMET) is a spacecraft production and testing facility owned by the Ministry of National Defence and operated by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Turkey_sentence_423

The Turkish Space Launch System (UFS) is a project to develop the satellite launch capability of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_424

It consists of the construction of a spaceport, the development of satellite launch vehicles as well as the establishment of remote earth stations. Turkey_sentence_425

Türksat is the sole communications satellite operator in Turkey and has launched the Türksat series of satellites into orbit. Turkey_sentence_426

Göktürk-1, Göktürk-2 and Göktürk-3 are Turkey's Earth observation satellites for reconnaissance, operated by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense. Turkey_sentence_427

BILSAT-1 and RASAT are the scientific Earth observation satellites operated by the TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute. Turkey_sentence_428

In 2015, Aziz Sancar, a Turkish professor at the University of North Carolina, won the Nobel Chemistry Prize along with Tomas Lindahl and Paul Modrich, for their work on how cells repair damaged DNA. Turkey_sentence_429

Other Turkish scientists include physician Hulusi Behçet who discovered Behçet's disease and mathematician Cahit Arf who defined the Arf invariant. Turkey_sentence_430

Demographics Turkey_section_23

Main article: Demographics of Turkey Turkey_sentence_431

See also: Turkish people, Minorities in Turkey, and Turkification Turkey_sentence_432

According to the Address-Based Population Recording System of Turkey, the country's population was 74.7 million people in 2011, nearly three-quarters of whom lived in towns and cities. Turkey_sentence_433

According to the 2011 estimate, the population is increasing by 1.35 percent each year. Turkey_sentence_434

Turkey has an average population density of 97 people per km². Turkey_sentence_435

People within the 15–64 age group constitute 67.4 percent of the total population; the 0–14 age group corresponds to 25.3 percent; while senior citizens aged 65 years or older make up 7.3 percent. Turkey_sentence_436

In 1927, when the first official census was recorded in the Republic of Turkey, the population was 13.6 million. Turkey_sentence_437

The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul, is also the largest city in Europe by population, and the third-largest city in Europe in terms of size. Turkey_sentence_438

Article 66 of the Turkish Constitution defines a "Turk" as "anyone who is bound to the Turkish state through the bond of citizenship"; therefore, the legal use of the term "Turkish" as a citizen of Turkey is different from the ethnic definition. Turkey_sentence_439

However, the majority of the Turkish population are of Turkish ethnicity and approximately 70–80 per cent of the country's citizens identify themselves as Turkish. Turkey_sentence_440

It is estimated that there are at least 47 ethnic groups represented in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_441

Reliable data on the ethnic mix of the population is not available, because Turkish census figures do not include statistics on ethnicity. Turkey_sentence_442

Kurds are the largest non-Turkish ethnicity at anywhere from 12-25 per cent of the population. Turkey_sentence_443

The exact figure remains a subject of dispute; according to Servet Mutlu, "more often than not, these estimates reflect pro-Kurdish or pro-Turkish sympathies and attitudes rather than scientific facts or erudition". Turkey_sentence_444

Mutlu's 1990 study estimated Kurds made up around 12 per cent of the population, while Mehrdad Izady placed the figure around 25 per cent. Turkey_sentence_445

The Kurds are concentrated in Turkish Kurdistan, making up a majority in the provinces of Ağrı, Batman, Bingöl, Bitlis, Diyarbakır, Elâzığ, Hakkari, Iğdır, Mardin, Muş, Siirt, Şırnak, Tunceli and Van; a near majority in Şanlıurfa Province (47%); and a large minority in Kars Province (20%). Turkey_sentence_446

In addition, due to internal migration, Kurdish diaspora communities exist in all of the major cities in central and western Turkey. Turkey_sentence_447

In Istanbul, there are an estimated three million Kurds, making it the city with the largest Kurdish population in the world. Turkey_sentence_448

Non-Kurdish minorities are believed to make up an estimated 7–12 percent of the population. Turkey_sentence_449


Population by regionTurkey_table_caption_1
RegionTurkey_header_cell_1_0_0 PopulationTurkey_header_cell_1_0_1
MarmaraTurkey_cell_1_1_0 24,465,689Turkey_cell_1_1_1
Central AnatoliaTurkey_cell_1_2_0 12,705,812Turkey_cell_1_2_1
MediterraneanTurkey_cell_1_3_0 10,552,942Turkey_cell_1_3_1
AegeanTurkey_cell_1_4_0 10,318,157Turkey_cell_1_4_1
Southeastern AnatoliaTurkey_cell_1_5_0 8,876,531Turkey_cell_1_5_1
Black SeaTurkey_cell_1_6_0 7,674,496Turkey_cell_1_6_1
Eastern AnatoliaTurkey_cell_1_7_0 5,966,101Turkey_cell_1_7_1

The three "Non-Muslim" minority groups recognised in the Treaty of Lausanne were Armenians, Greeks and Jews. Turkey_sentence_450

Other ethnic groups include Albanians, Arabs, Assyrians, Bosniaks, Circassians, Georgians, Laz, Pomaks, and Roma. Turkey_sentence_451

Minority groups other than the three religious minorities recognised in the Treaty of Lausanne (Armenians, Greeks and Jews) do not have any official rights, and use of the minority languages of Turkey is restricted. Turkey_sentence_452

The term "minority" itself remains a sensitive issue in Turkey, while the Turkish government is frequently criticised for its treatment of minorities. Turkey_sentence_453

Although minorities are not recognised, state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) broadcasts television and radio programs in minority languages, and minority language classes are available in some elementary schools. Turkey_sentence_454

Before the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the estimated number of Arabs in Turkey varied from 1 million to more than 2 million. Turkey_sentence_455

As of April 2020, there are 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, who are mostly Arabs but also include Syrian Kurds, Syrian Turkmen, and other ethnic groups of Syria. Turkey_sentence_456

The vast majority of these are living in Turkey with temporary residence permits. Turkey_sentence_457

The Turkish government has granted Turkish citizenship to refugees who have joined the Syrian National Army. Turkey_sentence_458

Immigration Turkey_section_24

Main article: Immigration to Turkey Turkey_sentence_459

See also: Turkey's migrant crisis Turkey_sentence_460

Immigration to Turkey is the process by which people migrate to Turkey to reside in the country. Turkey_sentence_461

Turkey's migrant crisis created after an estimated 2.5 percent of the population are international migrants. Turkey_sentence_462

Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, including 3.6 million Syrian refugees, as of April 2020. Turkey_sentence_463

As part of Turkey's migrant crisis, according to UNHCR, in 2018 Turkey was hosting 63.4% of all the refugees in the world, that is 3,564,919 registered refugees from Africa and the Middle East in total. Turkey_sentence_464

Languages Turkey_section_25

Main article: Languages of Turkey Turkey_sentence_465

The official language is Turkish, which is the most widely spoken Turkic language in the world. Turkey_sentence_466

It is spoken by 85.54 percent of the population as a first language. Turkey_sentence_467

11.97 percent of the population speaks the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish as their mother tongue. Turkey_sentence_468

Arabic and Zaza are the mother tongues of 2.39 percent of the population, and several other languages are the mother tongues of smaller parts of the population. Turkey_sentence_469

Endangered languages in Turkey include Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Cappadocian Greek, Gagauz, Hértevin, Homshetsma, Kabard-Cherkes, Ladino (Judesmo), Laz, Mlahso, Pontic Greek, Romani, Suret, Turoyo, Ubykh, and Western Armenian. Turkey_sentence_470

Religion Turkey_section_26

Main article: Religion in Turkey Turkey_sentence_471

See also: Secularism in Turkey Turkey_sentence_472

Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion; the Turkish Constitution provides for freedom of religion and conscience. Turkey_sentence_473

A 2016 survey by market research group Ipsos, interviewing 17,180 adults across 22 countries, found that Islam was the dominant religion in Turkey, adhered to by 82% of the total population; religiously unaffiliated people comprised 13% of the population, while 2% were Christians. Turkey_sentence_474

The CIA World Factbook reports that Islam is the religion of 99.8% of the population, with Sunni Muslims as the largest sect, while 0.2% are Christians and Jews. Turkey_sentence_475

However, there are no official governmental statistics specifying the religious beliefs of the Turkish people, nor is religious data recorded in the country's census. Turkey_sentence_476

The role of religion in public life has been the source of debate since the Republic was established on a secular basis, and in recent years with the coming to prominence of Islamist parties. Turkey_sentence_477

For many decades, the wearing of the Hijab was banned in schools and government buildings because it was viewed as a symbol of political Islam. Turkey_sentence_478

However, the ban was lifted from universities in 2011, from government buildings in 2013, from schools in 2014 and from the Armed Forces in 2017. Turkey_sentence_479

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, in power since 2002, pursue an explicit policy of Islamization of education to "raise a devout generation" against secular resistance, in the process causing lost jobs and educational opportunities for non-religious citizens of Turkey. Turkey_sentence_480

However, AKP policies have also caused an increase in interest and support for secularism in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_481

Islam Turkey_section_27

Main article: Islam in Turkey Turkey_sentence_482

After the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the number of Muslims in the region that became Turkey increased relative to that of the Christians with the immigration of Ottoman Muslims, who were facing extermination or other forms of repression in the newly constituted Balkan states. Turkey_sentence_483

Not all were ethnic Turks; some were Muslim Albanians, Bosniaks, Greek Muslims, Muslim Serbs, Macedonian Muslims and Bulgarian Muslims. Turkey_sentence_484

Other Turks and Circassians fleeing Russian expansion in areas such as the Caucasus and the Crimea also arrived during this period. Turkey_sentence_485

By the 1920s, Islam had become the majority religion. Turkey_sentence_486

The largest denomination is Sunni Islam, in accordance with the Hanafi school. Turkey_sentence_487

There are also some Sufi Muslims. Turkey_sentence_488

Non-denominational Muslims have been estimated to range from 2% to 14% of the population. Turkey_sentence_489

The highest Islamic religious authority is the Presidency of Religious Affairs (Turkish: Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı); it interprets the Hanafi school of law, and is responsible for regulating the operation of the country's 80,000 registered mosques and employing local and provincial imams. Turkey_sentence_490

Some have also complained that under the Islamist government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Tayyip Erdoğan, the old role of the Diyanet – maintaining control over the religious sphere of Islam in Turkey – has "largely been turned on its head." Turkey_sentence_491

Now greatly increased in size, the Diyanet promotes a certain type of conservative (Hanafi Sunni) Islam inside Turkey, issuing fetva that disapprove of activities such as "feeding dogs at home, celebrating the western New Year, lotteries, and tattoos" and projecting this "Turkish Islam" abroad. Turkey_sentence_492

Academics suggest the Alevi population may be from 15 to 20 million, while the Alevi-Bektaşi Federation states that there are around 25 million. Turkey_sentence_493

According to Aksiyon magazine, the number of Twelver Shias (excluding Alevis) is three million (4.2%). Turkey_sentence_494

Under the government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), discrimination against, and persecution of, the Alevi minority has increased. Turkey_sentence_495

Christianity Turkey_section_28

Main article: Christianity in Turkey Turkey_sentence_496

Christianity has a long history in present-day Turkey, which is the birthplace of numerous Christian apostles and saints, such as Paul of Tarsus, Timothy, Nicholas of Myra, Polycarp of Smyrna and many others. Turkey_sentence_497

Saint Peter founded one of the first churches in Antioch (Antakya), the location of which is regarded by tradition as the spot where he first preached the Gospel, and where the followers of Jesus were called Christians for the first time. Turkey_sentence_498

The house where Virgin Mary lived the final days of her life until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief), and the tomb of John the Apostle, who accompanied her during the voyage to Anatolia after the crucifixion of Jesus, are in Ephesus. Turkey_sentence_499

The cave churches in Cappadocia were among the hiding places of early Christians during the Roman persecutions against them. Turkey_sentence_500

The Eastern Orthodox Church has been headquartered in Constantinople (Istanbul) since the First Council of Constantinople in 381 AD. Turkey_sentence_501

Two of the five major episcopal sees of the Pentarchy (Constantinople and Antioch) instituted by Justinian the Great in 531 AD were located in present-day Turkey during the Byzantine period. Turkey_sentence_502

The percentage of Christians in Turkey fell from 17.5% (three million followers) in a population of 16 million to 2.5% percent in the early 20th century. Turkey_sentence_503

The drop was the result of events that had a significant impact on the country's demographic structure, such as the Armenian Genocide, the population exchange between Greece and Turkey and the emigration of Christians that began in the late 19th century and gained pace in the first quarter of the 20th century. Turkey_sentence_504

The 1942-44 wealth tax for non-Muslims, the emigration of a portion of Turkish Jews to Israel after 1948, and the ongoing Cyprus dispute, which damaged relations between Turkish Muslims and Christians (culminating in the Istanbul pogrom of 6–7 September 1955), were other important events that contributed to the decline of Turkey's non-Muslim population. Turkey_sentence_505

Today there are more than 120,000-320,000 people of various Christian denominations, representing less than 0.2% of Turkey's population, including an estimated 80,000 Oriental Orthodox, 35,000 Roman Catholics, 18,000 Antiochian Greeks, 5,000 Greek Orthodox and smaller numbers of Protestants. Turkey_sentence_506

Currently there are 236 churches open for worship in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_507

Judaism Turkey_section_29

Main article: Judaism in Turkey Turkey_sentence_508

The history of Judaism in Turkey dates back to the Romaniote Jews of Anatolia, who have been present since at least the 5th century BC. Turkey_sentence_509

They built ancient places of worship such as the Sardis Synagogue in Lydia and the Priene Synagogue in Ionia. Turkey_sentence_510

The Sephardi Jews, who were expelled from the Iberian peninsula and southern Italy under the control of the Spanish Empire, were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire between the late-15th and mid-16th centuries. Turkey_sentence_511

Despite emigration during the 20th century, modern-day Turkey continues to have a small Jewish population. Turkey_sentence_512

At present, there are around 26,000 Jews in Turkey, the vast majority of whom are Sephardi. Turkey_sentence_513

Irreligion Turkey_section_30

Main article: Irreligion in Turkey Turkey_sentence_514

In a mid-2010s poll, 2.9% of Turkish respondents identified as atheists. Turkey_sentence_515

The Association of Atheism (Ateizm Derneği), the first official atheist organisation in the Balkans or Middle East, was founded in 2014. Turkey_sentence_516

Some religious and secular officials have claimed that atheism and deism are growing among Turkish people. Turkey_sentence_517

Education Turkey_section_31

Main article: Education in Turkey Turkey_sentence_518

See also: List of high schools in Turkey and List of universities in Turkey Turkey_sentence_519

The Ministry of National Education is responsible for pre-tertiary education. Turkey_sentence_520

This is compulsory and lasts twelve years: four years each of primary school, middle school and high school. Turkey_sentence_521

Less than half of 25- to 34-year-old Turks have completed at least high school, compared with an OECD average of over 80 percent. Turkey_sentence_522

Basic education in Turkey is said to lag behind other OECD countries, with significant differences between high and low performers. Turkey_sentence_523

Turkey is ranked 32nd out of 34 in the OECD's PISA study. Turkey_sentence_524

Access to high-quality school heavily depends on the performance in the secondary school entrance exams, to the point that some students begin taking private tutoring classes when they are ten years old. Turkey_sentence_525

The overall adult literacy rate in 2011 was 94.1 percent; 97.9 percent for males and 90.3 percent for females. Turkey_sentence_526

As of 2017, there are 190 universities in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_527

Except for the Open Education Faculties (AÖF) at Anadolu, Istanbul and Atatürk University; entrance is regulated by the national Student Selection and Placement System (ÖSYS) examination, after which high school graduates are assigned to universities according to their performance. Turkey_sentence_528

According to the 2012–2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the top university in Turkey is Middle East Technical University, followed by Bilkent University and Koç University, Istanbul Technical University and Boğaziçi University. Turkey_sentence_529

All state and private universities are under the control of the Higher Education Board (YÖK), whose head is appointed by the President of Turkey; and since 2016 the President directly appoints all rectors of all state and private universities. Turkey_sentence_530

Turkey is a member of the European Higher Education Area and actively participates in the Bologna Process. Turkey_sentence_531

In 2016 the Skills Matter survey conducted by OECD found the levels of numeracy and literacy in the adult population of Turkey at rank 30 of the 33 OECD countries surveyed. Turkey_sentence_532

In 2017 the theory of evolution was removed from the national curriculum of high schools, while the concept of jihad was added as a new subject. Turkey_sentence_533

Health Turkey_section_32

Main article: Health care in Turkey Turkey_sentence_534

See also: List of hospitals in Turkey Turkey_sentence_535

The Ministry of Health has run a universal public healthcare system since 2003. Turkey_sentence_536

Known as Universal Health Insurance Genel Sağlık Sigortası, it is funded by a tax surcharge on employers, currently at 5%. Turkey_sentence_537

Public-sector funding covers approximately 75.2% of health expenditures. Turkey_sentence_538

Despite the universal health care, total expenditure on health as a share of GDP in 2018 was the lowest among OECD countries at 6.3% of GDP, compared to the OECD average of 9.3%. Turkey_sentence_539

Average life expectancy is 78.6 years (75.9 for males and 81.3 for females), compared with the EU average of 81 years. Turkey_sentence_540

Turkey has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, with nearly one third (29.5%) of its adult population obese. Turkey_sentence_541

Culture Turkey_section_33

Main article: Culture of Turkey Turkey_sentence_542

See also: Arts in Turkey, Turkish folklore, and Festivals in Turkey Turkey_sentence_543

Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman (which was itself a continuation of both Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures) and Western culture and traditions, which started with the Westernisation of the Ottoman Empire and still continues today. Turkey_sentence_544

This mix originally began as a result of the encounter of Turks and their culture with those of the peoples who were in their path during their migration from Central Asia to the West. Turkey_sentence_545

Turkish culture is a product of efforts to be a "modern" Western state, while maintaining traditional religious and historical values. Turkey_sentence_546

Visual arts Turkey_section_34

Further information: Turkish painting, İznik pottery, Turkish carpet, Turkish miniature, and Turkish illumination Turkey_sentence_547

Turkish painting, in the Western sense, developed actively starting from the mid 19th century. Turkey_sentence_548

The first painting lessons were scheduled at what is now the Istanbul Technical University (then the Imperial Military Engineering School) in 1793, mostly for technical purposes. Turkey_sentence_549

In the late 19th century, human figure in the Western sense was being established in Turkish painting, especially with Osman Hamdi Bey. Turkey_sentence_550

Impressionism, among the contemporary trends, appeared later on with Halil Pasha. Turkey_sentence_551

The young Turkish artists sent to Europe in 1926 came back inspired by contemporary trends such as Fauvism, Cubism and even Expressionism, still very influential in Europe. Turkey_sentence_552

The later "Group D" of artists led by Abidin Dino, Cemal Tollu, Fikret Mualla, Fahrünnisa Zeid, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Adnan Çoker and Burhan Doğançay introduced some trends that had lasted in the West for more than three decades. Turkey_sentence_553

Other important movements in Turkish painting were the "Yeniler Grubu" (The Newcomers Group) of the late 1930s; the "On'lar Grubu" (Group of Ten) of the 1940s; the "Yeni Dal Grubu" (New Branch Group) of the 1950s; and the "Siyah Kalem Grubu" (Black Pen Group) of the 1960s. Turkey_sentence_554

Carpet weaving is a traditional art from pre-Islamic times. Turkey_sentence_555

During its long history, the art and craft of the woven carpet has integrated different cultural traditions. Turkey_sentence_556

Traces of Byzantine design can be detected; Turkic peoples migrating from Central Asia, as well as Armenian people, Caucasian and Kurdish tribes either living in, or migrating to Anatolia, brought with them their traditional designs. Turkey_sentence_557

The arrival of Islam and the development of Islamic art also influenced Turkish carpet design. Turkey_sentence_558

The history of its designs, motifs and ornaments thus reflects the political and ethnic history and diversity of Asia minor. Turkey_sentence_559

However, scientific attempts were unsuccessful, as yet, to attribute a particular design to a specific ethnic, regional, or even nomadic versus village tradition. Turkey_sentence_560

Ottoman miniature is linked to the Persian miniature tradition, as well as strong Chinese artistic influences. Turkey_sentence_561

The words tasvir or nakış were used to define the art of miniature painting in Ottoman Turkish. Turkey_sentence_562

The studios the artists worked in were called nakkaşhane. Turkey_sentence_563

The miniatures were usually not signed, perhaps because of the rejection of individualism, but also because the works were not created entirely by one person; the head painter designed the composition of the scene, and his apprentices drew the contours (which were called tahrir) with black or colored ink and then painted the miniature without creating an illusion of depth. Turkey_sentence_564

The head painter, and much more often the scribe of the text, were indeed named and depicted in some of the manuscripts. Turkey_sentence_565

The understanding of perspective was different from that of the nearby European Renaissance painting tradition, and the scene depicted often included different time periods and spaces in one picture. Turkey_sentence_566

They followed closely the context of the book they were included in, more illustrations than standalone works of art. Turkey_sentence_567

The earliest examples of Turkish paper marbling, called ebru in Turkish, are said to be a copy of the Hâlnâme by the poet Arifî. Turkey_sentence_568

The text of this manuscript was rendered in a delicate cut paper découpage calligraphy by Mehmed bin Gazanfer and completed in 1540, and features many marbled and decorative paper borders. Turkey_sentence_569

One early master by the pseudonym of Şebek is mentioned posthumously in the earliest Ottoman text on the art known as the Tertib-i Risâle-i Ebrî, which is dated based on internal evidence to after 1615. Turkey_sentence_570

The instructions for several ebru techniques in the text are accredited to this master. Turkey_sentence_571

Another famous 18th-century master by the name of Hatip Mehmed Efendi (died 1773) is accredited with developing motifs and perhaps early floral designs, although evidence from India appears to contradict some of these reports. Turkey_sentence_572

Despite this, marbled motifs are commonly referred to as hatip designs in Turkey today. Turkey_sentence_573

Literature and theatre Turkey_section_35

Main articles: Turkish literature and Theatre of Turkey Turkey_sentence_574

Turkish literature is a mix of cultural influences. Turkey_sentence_575

Interaction between the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic world along with Europe contributed to a blend of Turkic, Islamic and European traditions in modern-day Turkish music and literary arts. Turkey_sentence_576

Turkish literature was heavily influenced by Persian and Arabic literature during most of the Ottoman era. Turkey_sentence_577

The Tanzimat reforms introduced previously unknown Western genres, primarily the novel and the short story. Turkey_sentence_578

Many of the writers in the Tanzimat period wrote in several genres simultaneously: for instance, the poet Nâmık Kemal also wrote the important 1876 novel İntibâh (Awakening), while the journalist Şinasi has written, in 1860, the first modern Turkish play, the one-act comedy "Şair Evlenmesi" (The Poet's Marriage). Turkey_sentence_579

Most of the roots of modern Turkish literature were formed between the years 1896 and 1923. Turkey_sentence_580

Broadly, there were three primary literary movements during this period: the Edebiyat-ı Cedîde (New Literature) movement; the Fecr-i Âtî (Dawn of the Future) movement; and the Millî Edebiyat (National Literature) movement. Turkey_sentence_581

The first radical step of innovation in 20th century Turkish poetry was taken by Nâzım Hikmet, who introduced the free verse style. Turkey_sentence_582

Another revolution in Turkish poetry came about in 1941 with the Garip movement led by Orhan Veli, Oktay Rıfat and Melih Cevdet. Turkey_sentence_583

The mix of cultural influences in Turkey is dramatised, for example, in the form of the "new symbols of the clash and interlacing of cultures" enacted in the novels of Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Turkey_sentence_584

The origin of Turkish theatre dates back to ancient pagan rituals and oral legends. Turkey_sentence_585

The dances, music and songs performed during the rituals of the inhabitants of Anatolia millennia ago are the elements from which the first shows originated. Turkey_sentence_586

In time, the ancient rituals, myths, legends and stories evolved into theatrical shows. Turkey_sentence_587

Starting from the 11th-century, the traditions of the Seljuk Turks blended with those of the indigenous peoples of Anatolia and the interaction between diverse cultures paved the way for new plays. Turkey_sentence_588

After the Tanzimat (Reformation) period in the 19th century, characters in Turkish theatre were modernised and plays were performed on European-style stages, with actors wearing European costumes. Turkey_sentence_589

Following the restoration of constitutional monarchy with the Young Turk Revolution in 1908, theatrical activities increased and social problems began to be reflected at the theatre as well as in historical plays. Turkey_sentence_590

A theatrical conservatoire, Darülbedayi-i Osmani (which became the nucleus of the Istanbul City Theatres) was established in 1914. Turkey_sentence_591

During the years of chaos and war, the Darülbedayi-i Osmani continued its activities and attracted the younger generation. Turkey_sentence_592

Numerous Turkish playwrights emerged in this era; some of them wrote on romantic subjects, while others were interested in social problems, and still others dealt with nationalistic themes. Turkey_sentence_593

The first Turkish musicals were also written in this period. Turkey_sentence_594

In time, Turkish women began to appear on stage, which was an important development in the late Ottoman society. Turkey_sentence_595

Until then, female roles had only been played by actresses who were members of Turkey's ethnic minorities. Turkey_sentence_596

Today there are numerous private theatres in the country, together with those which are subsidised by the government, such as the Turkish State Theatres. Turkey_sentence_597

Notable players, directors and playwrights of Turkish theatre include Muhsin Ertuğrul, Haldun Taner, Aziz Nesin, Gülriz Sururi, Yıldız Kenter, Müşfik Kenter, Haldun Dormen, Sadri Alışık, Çolpan İlhan, Münir Özkul, Adile Naşit, Erol Günaydın, Gazanfer Özcan, Nejat Uygur, Genco Erkal, Metin Serezli, Nevra Serezli, Levent Kırca, Zeki Alasya, Metin Akpınar, Müjdat Gezen, Ferhan Şensoy, among others. Turkey_sentence_598

Music and dance Turkey_section_36

Main articles: Turkish dance and Music of Turkey Turkey_sentence_599

See also: Turkish classical music, Turkish folk music, and Turkish music (style) Turkey_sentence_600

Music of Turkey includes mainly Turkic elements as well as partial influences ranging from Central Asian folk music, Arabic music, Greek music, Ottoman music, Persian music and Balkan music, as well as references to more modern European and American popular music. Turkey_sentence_601

The roots of traditional music in Turkey span across centuries to a time when the Seljuk Turks migrated to Anatolia and Persia in the 11th century and contains elements of both Turkic and pre-Turkic influences. Turkey_sentence_602

Much of its modern popular music can trace its roots to the emergence in the early 1930s drive for Westernization. Turkey_sentence_603

With the assimilation of immigrants from various regions the diversity of musical genres and musical instrumentation also expanded. Turkey_sentence_604

Turkey has also seen documented folk music and recorded popular music produced in the ethnic styles of Greek, Armenian, Albanian, Polish and Jewish communities, among others. Turkey_sentence_605

Many Turkish cities and towns have vibrant local music scenes which, in turn, support a number of regional musical styles. Turkey_sentence_606

Despite this however, western music styles like pop music and kanto lost popularity to arabesque in the late 1970s and 1980s. Turkey_sentence_607

It became popular again by the beginning of the 1990s, as a result of an opening economy and society. Turkey_sentence_608

With the support of Sezen Aksu, the resurging popularity of pop music gave rise to several international Turkish pop stars such as Tarkan and Sertab Erener. Turkey_sentence_609

The late 1990s also saw an emergence of underground music producing alternative Turkish rock, electronica, hip-hop, rap and dance music in opposition to the mainstream corporate pop and arabesque genres, which many believe have become too commercial. Turkey_sentence_610

Internationally acclaimed Turkish jazz and blues musicians and composers include Ahmet Ertegun (founder and president of Atlantic Records), Nükhet Ruacan and Kerem Görsev. Turkey_sentence_611

The Turkish Five (Turkish: Türk Beşleri) is a name used by some authors to identify the five pioneers of Western classical music in Turkey, namely Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Cemal Reşit Rey, Hasan Ferit Alnar and Necil Kazım Akses. Turkey_sentence_612

Internationally acclaimed Turkish musicians of Western classical music include pianists İdil Biret, Verda Erman, Gülsin Onay, the Pekinel sisters (Güher and Süher Pekinel), Ayşegül Sarıca and Fazıl Say; violinists Ayla Erduran and Suna Kan; opera singers Semiha Berksoy, Leyla Gencer and Güneş Gürle; and conductors Emre Aracı, Gürer Aykal, Erol Erdinç, Rengim Gökmen and Hikmet Şimşek. Turkey_sentence_613

Turkish folk dance is diverse. Turkey_sentence_614

Hora is performed in East Thrace; Zeybek in the Aegean Region, Southern Marmara and East-Central Anatolia Region; Teke in the Western Mediterranean Region; Kaşık Oyunları and Karşılama in West-Central Anatolia, Western Black Sea Region, Southern Marmara Region and Eastern Mediterranean Region; Horon in the Central and Eastern Black Sea Region; Halay in Eastern Anatolia and the Central Anatolia Region; and Bar and Lezginka in the Northeastern Anatolia Region. Turkey_sentence_615

Architecture Turkey_section_37

Main article: Architecture of Turkey Turkey_sentence_616

Further information: Byzantine architecture, Seljuk architecture, and Ottoman architecture Turkey_sentence_617

The architecture of the Seljuk Turks combined the elements and characteristics of the Turkic architecture of Central Asia with those of Persian, Arab, Armenian and Byzantine architecture. Turkey_sentence_618

The transition from Seljuk architecture to Ottoman architecture is most visible in Bursa, which was the capital of the Ottoman State between 1335 and 1413. Turkey_sentence_619

Following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, Ottoman architecture was significantly influenced by Byzantine architecture. Turkey_sentence_620

Topkapı Palace in Istanbul is one of the most famous examples of classical Ottoman architecture and was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years. Turkey_sentence_621

Mimar Sinan (c.1489–1588) was the most important architect of the classical period in Ottoman architecture. Turkey_sentence_622

He was the chief architect of at least 374 buildings which were constructed in various provinces of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Turkey_sentence_623

Since the 18th century, Turkish architecture has been increasingly influenced by European styles, and this can be particularly seen in the Tanzimat era buildings of Istanbul like the Dolmabahçe, Çırağan, Feriye, Beylerbeyi, Küçüksu, Ihlamur and Yıldız palaces, which were all designed by members of the Balyan family of Ottoman Armenian court architects. Turkey_sentence_624

The Ottoman era waterfront houses (yalı) on the Bosphorus also reflect the fusion between classical Ottoman and European architectural styles during the aforementioned period. Turkey_sentence_625

The First National Architectural Movement (Birinci Ulusal Mimarlık Akımı) in the early 20th century sought to create a new architecture, which was based on motifs from Seljuk and Ottoman architecture. Turkey_sentence_626

The movement was also labelled Turkish Neoclassical or the National Architectural Renaissance. Turkey_sentence_627

The leading architects of this movement were Vedat Tek (1873–1942), Mimar Kemaleddin Bey (1870–1927), Arif Hikmet Koyunoğlu (1888–1982) and Giulio Mongeri (1873–1953). Turkey_sentence_628

Buildings from this era are the Grand Post Office in Istanbul (1905–1909), Tayyare Apartments (1919–1922), Istanbul 4th Vakıf Han (1911–1926), State Art and Sculpture Museum (1927–1930), Ethnography Museum of Ankara (1925–1928), the first Ziraat Bank headquarters in Ankara (1925–1929), the first Türkiye İş Bankası headquarters in Ankara (1926–1929), Bebek Mosque, and Kamer Hatun Mosque. Turkey_sentence_629

Cuisine Turkey_section_38

Main article: Turkish cuisine Turkey_sentence_630

Further information: Ottoman cuisine Turkey_sentence_631

Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine. Turkey_sentence_632

In the early years of the Republic, a few studies were published about regional Anatolian dishes but cuisine did not feature heavily in Turkish folkloric studies until the 1980s, when the fledgling tourism industry encouraged the Turkish state to sponsor two food symposia. Turkey_sentence_633

The papers submitted at the symposia presented the history of Turkish cuisine on a "historical continuum" that dated back to Turkic origins in Central Asia and continued through the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. Turkey_sentence_634

Many of the papers presented at these first two symposia were unreferenced. Turkey_sentence_635

Prior to the symposia, the study of Turkish culinary culture was first popularised by the publication of Süheyl Ünver's Fifty Dishes in Turkish History in 1948. Turkey_sentence_636

This book was based on recipes found in an 18th century Ottoman manuscript. Turkey_sentence_637

His second book was about palace cuisine during the reign of Mehmet II. Turkey_sentence_638

Following the publication of Ünver's book subsequent studies were published, including a 1978 study by a historian named Bahaettin Ögel about the Central Asian origins of Turkish cuisine. Turkey_sentence_639

Ottoman cuisine contains elements of Turkish, Byzantine, Balkan, Armenian, Kurdish, Arab and Persian cuisines. Turkey_sentence_640

The country's position between Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean Sea helped the Turks in gaining complete control of the major trade routes, and an ideal landscape and climate allowed plants and animals to flourish. Turkey_sentence_641

Turkish cuisine was well established by the mid-1400s, the beginning of the Ottoman Empire's six hundred-year reign. Turkey_sentence_642

Yogurt salads, fish in olive oil, sherbet and stuffed and wrapped vegetables became Turkish staples. Turkey_sentence_643

The empire, eventually spanning from Austria and Ukraine to Arabia and North Africa, used its land and water routes to import exotic ingredients from all over the world. Turkey_sentence_644

By the end of the 16th century, the Ottoman court housed over 1,400 live-in cooks and passed laws regulating the freshness of food. Turkey_sentence_645

Since the fall of the empire in World War I (1914–1918) and the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, foreign food such as French hollandaise sauce and Western fast food have made their way into the modern Turkish diet. Turkey_sentence_646

Sports Turkey_section_39

Main article: Sports in Turkey Turkey_sentence_647

See also: Football in Turkey Turkey_sentence_648

The most popular sport in Turkey is association football. Turkey_sentence_649

Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in 2000. Turkey_sentence_650

The Turkish national football team has won the bronze medal at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. Turkey_sentence_651

Other mainstream sports such as basketball and volleyball are also popular. Turkey_sentence_652

The men's national basketball team won the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and at the EuroBasket 2001, which were both hosted by Turkey; and is one of the most successful at the Mediterranean Games. Turkey_sentence_653

Turkish basketball club Fenerbahçe played the Final of the EuroLeague in three consecutive seasons (2016, 2017 and 2018), becoming the European champions in 2017 and runners-up in 2016 and 2018. Turkey_sentence_654

Another Turkish basketball club, Anadolu Efes S.K. won the 1995–96 FIBA Korać Cup, were the runners-up of the 2018–19 EuroLeague and the 1992–93 FIBA Saporta Cup, and finished third at the 1999–2000 EuroLeague and the 2000–01 SuproLeague. Turkey_sentence_655

Beşiktaş won the 2011–12 FIBA EuroChallenge, and Galatasaray won the 2015–16 Eurocup. Turkey_sentence_656

The Final of the 2013–14 EuroLeague Women basketball championship was played between two Turkish teams, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, and won by Galatasaray. Turkey_sentence_657

The women's national basketball team won the silver medal at the EuroBasket Women 2011 and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket Women 2013. Turkey_sentence_658

Like the men's team, the women's basketball team is one of the most successful at the Mediterranean Games. Turkey_sentence_659

The women's national volleyball team won the gold medal at the 2015 European Games, the silver medal at the 2003 European Championship, the bronze medal at the 2011 European Championship, and the bronze medal at the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. Turkey_sentence_660

They also won multiple medals over multiple decades at the Mediterranean Games. Turkey_sentence_661

Women's volleyball clubs, namely Fenerbahçe, Eczacıbaşı and Vakıfbank, have won numerous European championship titles and medals. Turkey_sentence_662

Fenerbahçe won the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship and the 2012 CEV Women's Champions League. Turkey_sentence_663

Representing Europe as the winner of the 2012–13 CEV Women's Champions League, Vakıfbank also became the world champion by winning the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship. Turkey_sentence_664

Recently Vakıfbank has won the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship and the 2017–18 CEV Women's Champions League for the fourth time in their history. Turkey_sentence_665

The traditional national sport of Turkey has been yağlı güreş (oil wrestling) since Ottoman times. Turkey_sentence_666

Edirne Province has hosted the annual Kırkpınar oil wrestling tournament since 1361, making it the oldest continuously held sporting competition in the world. Turkey_sentence_667

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Ottoman Turkish oil wrestling champions such as Koca Yusuf, Nurullah Hasan and Kızılcıklı Mahmut acquired international fame in Europe and North America by winning world heavyweight wrestling championship titles. Turkey_sentence_668

International wrestling styles governed by FILA such as freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling are also popular, with many European, World and Olympic championship titles won by Turkish wrestlers both individually and as a national team. Turkey_sentence_669

Renowned Turkish freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers who won international competitions include Yaşar Doğu, Celal Atik, Mahmut Atalay, Hamza Yerlikaya, Rıza Kayaalp and Taha Akgül. Turkey_sentence_670

Media and cinema Turkey_section_40

Main articles: Media in Turkey and Cinema of Turkey Turkey_sentence_671

Hundreds of television channels, thousands of local and national radio stations, several dozen newspapers, a productive and profitable national cinema and a rapid growth of broadband Internet use constitute a vibrant media industry in Turkey. Turkey_sentence_672

The majority of the TV audiences are shared among public broadcaster TRT and the network-style channels such as Kanal D, Show TV, ATV and Star TV. Turkey_sentence_673

The broadcast media have a very high penetration as satellite dishes and cable systems are widely available. Turkey_sentence_674

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) is the government body overseeing the broadcast media. Turkey_sentence_675

By circulation, the most popular newspapers are Posta, Hürriyet, Sözcü, Sabah and Habertürk. Turkey_sentence_676

Turkish television dramas are increasingly becoming popular beyond Turkey's borders and are among the country's most vital exports, both in terms of profit and public relations. Turkey_sentence_677

After sweeping the Middle East's television market over the past decade, Turkish shows have aired in more than a dozen South and Central American countries in 2016. Turkey_sentence_678

Turkey is today the world's second largest exporter of television series. Turkey_sentence_679

Yeşilçam is the sobriquet that refers to the Turkish film art and industry. Turkey_sentence_680

The first movie exhibited in the Ottoman Empire was the Lumiere Brothers' 1895 film, L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat, which was shown in Istanbul in 1896. Turkey_sentence_681

The first Turkish-made film was a documentary entitled Ayastefanos'taki Rus Abidesinin Yıkılışı (Demolition of the Russian Monument at San Stefano), directed by Fuat Uzkınay and completed in 1914. Turkey_sentence_682

The first narrative film, Sedat Simavi's The Spy, was released in 1917. Turkey_sentence_683

Turkey's first sound film was shown in 1931. Turkey_sentence_684

Turkish directors like Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Yılmaz Güney and Ferzan Özpetek won numerous international awards such as the Palme d'Or and Golden Bear. Turkey_sentence_685

Despite legal provisions, media freedom in Turkey has steadily deteriorated from 2010 onwards, with a precipitous decline following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016. Turkey_sentence_686

As of December 2016, at least 81 journalists were imprisoned in Turkey and more than 100 news outlets were closed. Turkey_sentence_687

Freedom House lists Turkey's media as not free. Turkey_sentence_688

The media crackdowns also extend to Internet censorship with Wikipedia getting blocked between 29 April 2017 and 15 January 2020. Turkey_sentence_689

See also Turkey_section_41


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