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Turkey 2016



Southeastern Europe/Southwestern Asia

Area 784K km² 

Arable 26%

Population 81.6M (96/km²)

Gov’t Republican Parliamentary Democracy

Capital Ankara (4.2M)

GCP/capita $15,300

In poverty 17%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 29%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

Infant Mortality 21/1K live births


Literacy 94%

Languages Turkish, Kurdish, other

Religions Muslim (mostly Sunni), 
other (mostly Christian and Jewish)

Labor Force Agriculture 26%, 
industry 26%, services 48%

PCVs 1962–71  CURRENT: 0, TTD: 1,460

Adult Books

Tea & Bee's Milk: Our Year in a Turkish VillageTea & Bee's Milk: Our Year in a Turkish Village
Karen Gilden and Ray Gilden, 2008

Publisher: Artha Press
Format: Paperback, 234 pages
ISBN-10: 1886922128 / ISBN-13: 978-1886922129

Synopsis: Tea & Bee's Milk makes understanding another culture as simple as pouring a cup of tea. It does so with gentle humor, curiosity, and a cheerful affection for the Turkish people. If you've ever dreamed of ditching the rat race and taking a year off, this happy memoir will encourage you to pack your bags and go.

Kids' Books

The Hungry Coat: A Tale from TurkeyThe Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey
Demi, 2004, AGES 6–10

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, NY
Format 34pp; col. ill
ISBN 0-689-84680-0

Synopsis: After being forced to change to a fancy new coat to attend a party, Nasrettin Hoca tries to feed his dinner to the coat, reasoning that it was the coat that was the invited guest.


Film: Uzak
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002
Languages: Turkish

Documentary: Crossing the Bridge of a Sound
Director: Fatih Akin, 2005

Film: Somersault in a Coffin
Director: Dervis Zaim, 1996


Sezen Aksu: Music mix

Anatolian rock (Turkish: "Anadolu Rock"), or progressive Turkish folk music, a fusion of Turkish folk and rock music, emerged during the mid-1960s, soon after rock groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Status Quo and Omega became popular in Turkey.
Erkin Koray: Türkü

Turkish Folk Song "Elmalarin Yongasi"

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