Area Total 783,562 sq km
Climate temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior
Natural Resources coal, iron ore, copper, chromium, antimony, mercury, gold, barite, borate, celestite (strontium), emery, feldspar, limestone, magnesite, marble, perlite, pumice, pyrites (sulfur), clay, arable land, hydropower
Imports China 10%, Germany 9.1%, Russia 8.4%, US 5.1%, Italy 4.8% (2017) – machinery, chemicals, semi-finished goods, fuels, transport equipment
Exports Germany 9.6%, UK 6.1%, UAE 5.9%, Iraq 5.8%, US 5.5%, Italy 5.4%, France 4.2%, Spain 4% (2017) – apparel, foodstuffs, textiles, metal manufactures, transport equipment
Government presidential republic
Capital Ankara
Population 81,257,239 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 19%, other minorities 7-12% (2016 est.)
Language Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages

News about Turkey

  • Neil Prakash, accused Islamic State jihadist, to be extradited to Victoria to face terrorism charges
    by Australian Associated Press on December 2, 2022

    Prakash will remain in custody in Darwin before Australian federal police escort him to Melbourne to be charged with a range of offences Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAccused Islamic State jihadist Neil Prakash – once considered the country’s most wanted […]

  • The destruction of Smyrna – archive, 1922
    by compiled by Richard Nelsson on November 30, 2022

    The film, Smyrna, depicts the 1922 catastrophe at the end of the Greco-Turkish war that destroyed much of the city of Smyrna (now Izmir). See how the Guardian reported events at the timeSmyrna review – raw, shocking violence in epic take on Greek-Turkish conflictSmyrna was occupied by Greek forces in May 1919 and recaptured by Turkish forces under Kemal […]

  • Smyrna review – raw, shocking violence in epic take on Greek-Turkish conflict
    by Phil Hoad on November 28, 2022

    Grigoris Karantinakis’s bustling ensemble drama recreates the buildup to a 1922 massacre in what is now İzmir, even if some characters are just walking Wikipedia entriesThis epic historical drama could have been called Once Upon a Time in Asia Minor or Once Upon a Time in Turkey, depending on which side of the Greek-Turkish divide you sit. That thorny […]

  • Football game in Turkey abandoned after fan assaults player with corner flag
    by Guardian sport on November 27, 2022

    Derby between Goztepe and Altay called off after 25 minutesSix red cards in Zenit St Petersburg v Spartak Moscow cup tieA derby in Turkey was abandoned after a pitch invader violently attacked the visiting goalkeeper with a corner flag.The second-tier match between the Anatolian rivals Goztepe and Altay was called off 25 minutes into the first half. Play […]

  • ‘Desensitised’ ex-IS followers remain threats, Shamima Begum hearing told
    by Nadeem Badshah on November 24, 2022

    Home Office argues people trafficked to Syria were exposed to extreme violence which poses ‘almighty problem’People trafficked to Syria and radicalised remain threats to national security as they may be desensitised after exposure to extreme violence, the Home Office has argued, in contesting Shamima Begum’s appeal against the removal of her British […]

  • Turkish TV anchor continues reading news during earthquake – video
    on November 23, 2022

    A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a town in north-west Turkey early on Wednesday, causing damage to buildings and widespread panic. Footage released by Turkish private broadcaster TGRT shows how night-time anchor Ersel Hoşkara continued presenting as the quake was felt in Istanbul and his studio, while the caption underneath him read: 'Breaking news: moment […]

  • How airstrikes by Israel, Turkey and Russia denote a new era in Syrian war
    by Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent on November 22, 2022

    Regional interests remain very much at stake in conflict neither isolated, nor solely Syrian – though often forgottenOver the plains of northern Syria, an approaching warplane usually makes a distinctive roar, allowing those on the ground to determine who it belongs to and whether there’s a need to hide.But the past few days have been more onerous than […]

  • Turkey confirms deadly airstrikes in Syria and Iraq targeting Kurdish groups
    by Associated Press on November 20, 2022

    Strikes launched in retaliation for Istanbul bombing target ‘terrorist bases’, but civilian deaths reported by Kurdish officialsTurkey launched deadly airstrikes over northern regions of Syria and Iraq, the Turkish defence ministry said on Sunday, targeting Kurdish groups that Ankara holds responsible for last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul.Warplanes […]

  • Turkey bombs towns across northern Syria after Istanbul bombing, say reports
    by Agence France-Presse on November 19, 2022

    Airstrikes reported against towns including Kobane, held by Kurdish militia opposed by TurkeyTurkish airstrikes hit several towns across northern Syria, including the city of Kobane late on Saturday, Kurdish-led forces and a Britain-based monitoring group have said.The attacks come days after Ankara blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) for last […]

  • Erdoğan confident Russia-Ukraine grain deal will continue
    by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic Editor on November 16, 2022

    Turkish president raises hopes over pact to allow exports via Black Sea, bringing relief to world’s poorest countriesRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesA vital deal allowing Russian and Ukrainian wheat and fertilisers to be exported through the Black Sea is expected to continue, according to the Turkish president, bringing relief to some of the […]

  • Kurdish militants deny Turkish claims they carried out Istanbul attack
    by Ruth Michaelson and Deniz Barış Narlı on November 14, 2022

    Armed wing of PKK party says it would not target civilians after bomb leaves six dead and 81 injuredThe armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) has denied any role in an attack on a main Istanbul shopping street, shortly after Turkish officials blamed Kurdish militants for the deadly blast.Six people died and 81 were injured when a bomb struck […]

  • Istanbul bombing: 46 detained as Turkey minister blames Kurdish separatists
    by Ruth Michaelson in Istanbul, Philip Oltermann, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and agencies on November 14, 2022

    Six people died and 81 were injured when Istanbul’s popular pedestrian thoroughfare İstiklal Avenue was hit by a bomb attackTurkey’s interior minister has accused Kurdish militants in northern Syria of responsibility for a bombing in a busy Istanbul shopping thoroughfare that killed six people, and said that a suspect had been arrested.Six people died […]

  • At least six dead in suspected terrorist bombing in Istanbul
    by Ruth Michaelson in Istanbul, Philip Oltermann and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on November 13, 2022

    Turkish president condemns ‘treacherous attack’ on İstiklal Avenue that also injured 81 peopleSix people have been killed and 81 injured after an explosion on Istanbul’s popular pedestrian thoroughfare İstiklal Avenue, in a bomb attack that Turkey’s president described as an act of terrorism.Speaking shortly before departing for Tuesday’s G20 […]

  • Istanbul: deadly explosion hits popular shopping street – video report
    on November 13, 2022

    An explosion on Istanbul’s popular pedestrian thoroughfare İstiklal Avenue has left at least six people dead and 53 others injured, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said. Istanbul's governor, Ali Yerlikaya, tweeted to say the explosion happened at 4.20pm local time. CCTV footage released on social media shows the moment of the explosion, […]

  • Istanbul: footage shows moment explosion hits pedestrian street – video
    on November 13, 2022

    An explosion on Istanbul's popular İstiklal Avenue has left multiple people dead and others injured, according to senior officials. The governor of the Turkish city, Ali Yerlikaya, tweeted to say the explosion had occurred at 4.20pm local time on Sunday. It is unclear how many people have died, or what caused the explosion. Footage circulating on social […]

  • Turkey’s secularism debate ignites after bus driver refuses to stop for prayer
    by AFP in Ankara on November 8, 2022

    The bus company said it was ‘respectful of all beliefs’ after the passenger complained on TwitterA long-distance bus driver’s unwillingness to stop so that a passenger could pray in Turkey has helped ignite a fresh debate over secularism in the predominantly Muslim country.Following the driver’s refusal at the weekend, the passenger complained on […]

  • From one place to another: images of migration – in pictures
    by Photographs by Olgaç Bozalp on November 8, 2022

    Photographer Olgaç Bozalp talks through a selection of images from his project Leaving One for Another, published by Void. Combining documentary style with constructed imagery he explores the journeys and disparate causes of migration, drawing on his own experience.‘People’s desire to move from one place to another has always fascinated me, both on a […]

  • Grain deal U-turn offers lesson in calling Vladimir Putin’s bluff
    by Andrew Roth in Moscow on November 2, 2022

    Russian leader has backed down in face of defiance, and move also shows Turkey’s growing influenceIn the end, Vladimir Putin backed down. Faced with blocking ships carrying grain from Ukraine or tacitly admitting that his threats to do so had been a bluff, the Kremlin leader opted not to rekindle a global food crisis.Russia’s exit from the deal that […]

  • Putin: Russia may leave UN grain deal again but exports to Turkey are guaranteed – video
    on November 2, 2022

    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said his country would not impede the future export of grain through a deal mediated by the UN and Turkey with Ukraine, but that it reserved the right to withdraw if necessary. 'We demanded assurances and guarantees from the Ukrainian side that nothing like this would happen again, that the humanitarian corridors would […]

  • Finland and Sweden call on Hungary and Turkey to ratify Nato applications
    by Jon Henley, Europe correspondent on November 1, 2022

    Erdoğan demands action against ‘terrorist’ Kurdish militants as Nordic pair maintain united frontThe prime ministers of Finland and Sweden have urged Hungary and Turkey to approve their countries’ applications to join Nato, but Ankara insisted it would not lift its objections without further extraditions of suspects it considers terrorists.The two […]

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