About Turkey

Welcome to Turkey!

Explore the country that builds on old and rich history, at the same time is a member of modern world, the country that represents a cultural mixture, a synthesis of east and west, while it geographically bridges Europe and Asia, the country that combines natural beauties with its 1000-year-old heritage. Thus giving today’s travelers a unique opportunity to learn and enjoy the life and culture in this geography called Asia Minor. Let’s discover beauties and secrets of Turkey, covers all the important and famous historical and tourist sites and regions in detail with the help of our agency. Moris site is dedicated to supply most in-depth and broad information on Turkey on our web page. Enjoy your virtual visit to Turkey!

About Turkey

Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes.

Turkey also has a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even if you spend only a short time in Turkey, you can see a lot of this great past.

There is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary place after another. All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country.

Turkey in Brief

Official Name The Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti)
Founder Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK ( 1881-1938 )
Capital ANKARA
Population 75 million (as of 2013)
Language Turkish (uses Latin Alphabet)
Currency Turkish Lira ( TL )

Red background with a white crescent and star in the middle

Location Eastern Mediterranean. Located on two contitents Europe and Asia. The European part of Turkey is called Thrace, while the Asian part is called Anatolia or (Asia Minor)
Area 814 578 Km² (314 500 square miles)

% 3 on the European continenton

% 97 on the Asian continent

Major Cities Istanbul, 12.5 million

Ankara, 4.5 million

Izmir, 3.7 million

Konya, 1.9 million

Adana, 2.0 million

Bursa, 2.4 million

Religion % 99 of the population is Muslim . Turkey is a secular state that quarantees complete freedom of worship to non-Muslims.
National Anthem ” Istiklal Marsi ” ( Independence March )

Lyrics by : Mehmet Akif Ersoy

Adopted as Turkey’s National Anthem on March 12,1921

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

Legislative Power : The Turkish Grand National Assembly

Executive Power : President and the Council of Ministers.

Judicial Power : Independent courts and supreme judiciary organs.

Coastline 8333 Km. (5000 miles)

Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides, by the Black Sea in the North, the Mediterranean in the south and the Aegean Sea in the West. In the north-west there is also an important internal sea, the Sea of Marmara, between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus

Geographical Regions Turkey has 80 administrative provinces and seven geographical regions. The first four of the seven regions are given the names of the seas which are adjacent to them.

  • Black Sea Region
  • Marmara Region
  • Aegean Region
  • Mediterranean RegionThe other three regions are named in accordance with their location in the whole of Anatolia.
  • Central Anatolia Region
  • Eastern Anatolia Region
  • Southeastern Anatolia Region
Famous Landmarks Ayasofya Museum, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, ancient City of Troy, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Göreme- Cappadocia, Mt.Nemrut, Safranbolu
Some important products As of 1998, Turkey has the first place in the world in terms of hard-shell nuts, fig and apricot production, the fourth place in fresh vegetables, ggrape and tobacco production and the seventh place in wheat and cotton production. Turkish delight and helva are famous throughout the world.

Turkey is among the leading countries in textiles and ready to wear clothing production. The exports of this sector constitutes 36 percent of total industrial exports. The leather processing industry is also very developed in Turkey both in terms of technological level and high production capacity and comes after textiles in terms of export figures.

Time Local time is equal to GMT + 2 hours. Same time zone all over the country ( seven hours ahead of U.S. -eastern standard time- )
Electricity 220 volts a.c. all over Turkey
Weights and Measures Metric and Kilo system

General Directorate of Turkish State Meteorological Service web site www.meteor.gov.tr gives current sea and air temperatures, humidity and 3 days weather forecast for all cities in Turkey and for some holiday resorts.