|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|
|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
- 'You can either be a man or you can be a coward… what are you?' Moment millionaire Dragons Den star Touker Suleyman launches furious rant at easyJet worker on behalf of fellow passengers after flight was delayed by FOUR DAYSon October 3, 2023
Touker Suleyman, 70, was trying to travel back to London after spending some time in Izmir, Turkey, for a Pet Fair.
- Turkish planes raid Kurdish targets in Iraq after terror attack in Ankaraby Ruth Michaelson in Istanbul and agencies on October 1, 2023
Action follows suicide bomb blast outside Turkish government building claimed by Kurdish militantsThe Turkish defence ministry says its warplanes carried out raids on suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Sunday after a suicide attack on a government building in the Turkish capital.A ministry statement said 20 targets of the Kurdistan […]
- Suicide bomber runs and detonates device in Turkish capital – videoon October 1, 2023
The Turkish government has said that two terrorists carried out a bomb attack on Sunday in front of the interior ministry buildings in Ankara, adding that one of them died in the explosion and the other was 'neutralised' by authorities. The blast, which was the first in the Turkish capital since 2016, took place less than a mile from Turkey’s parliament, […]
- EU threatens sales bans to block use of western parts in Russian dronesby Daniel Boffey Chief reporter on September 28, 2023
European Commission calls for tougher enforcement by member states to ensure sanctions are not circumventedBrussels has warned European companies and governments that it could ban the sale of certain components to Turkey and other countries from where Iran and Russia are sourcing parts for drones and other weapons striking Ukrainian cities.The comments from […]
- Psychiatrist 'drugged up to 180 children and falsely convinced them they had been sexually abused by their parents so he could cash in on treating them'on September 22, 2023
Professor Suleyman Salih Zoroglu is said to have dosed nearly 200 youngsters with psychoactive drugs after they were taken to see him at his clinic in Istanbul.
- Rescued caver Mark Dickey says he thought he was going to die before 'hero' fiancée saved him as he speaks out from Turkish hospitalon September 14, 2023
American caver Mark Dickey spoke out after being rescued from a Turkish cave where he suffered gastrointestinal bleeding. He credits his save to his fiancé and over 200 rescuers.
- How the caver trapped 3,600ft underground for TEN days was saved by rescue teams from across Europeon September 13, 2023
Mark Dickey, 40, suffered stomach bleeding on September 2 while on an expedition to map the Morca cave in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey.
- UK coroner warns of cosmetic surgery abroad after woman dies in Turkeyby Tobi Thomas on September 12, 2023
Melissa Kerr died in Istanbul hospital after injected fat entered a vein during Brazilian butt lift procedureA woman who died after travelling to Turkey for buttock enlargement surgery was not given enough information to make a safe decision about the procedure, a coroner has concluded.Melissa Kerr, 31, from Gorleston in Norfolk, travelled to the private […]
- Mystery as British mother is given 'suicide note' written by daughter, 26, who Turkish police say shot herself after arguing with her boyfriend - but she insists her daughter did not take her own lifeon September 12, 2023
Local judges in Turkey closed the case when they ruled that Ayse Rhiannon Vural had shot herself in her apartment in Istanbul on 11th September 2020.
- Seriously ill US explorer describes his ‘crazy adventure’ after Turkey cave rescueby Luke Harding and agencies on September 12, 2023
Mark Dickey back on surface after spending more than week inside Morca cave where he developed stomach problemsA US explorer has been rescued from a Turkish cave more than a week after he fell seriously ill, in an unprecedented operation he described as a “crazy, crazy adventure”.Mark Dickey, 40, developed serious stomach problems on 2 September when he […]
- US explorer rescued after spending more than a week in Turkish cave – videoon September 12, 2023
Mark Dickey, 40, is back on the surface after spending a week trapped in a Turkish cave, describing the ordeal as a 'crazy, crazy adventure'. Dickey fell ill at a depth of 1,120 metres (3,700ft), sparking what organisers said was one of the largest and most complicated underground rescue operations ever mounted. After being pulled up, Dickey told reporters: […]
- Cryptocurrency boss is jailed for 11,196 years in Turkey after defrauding investors of millions of dollars - after prosecutors called for a 40,562-year sentenceon September 9, 2023
Faruk Faith Ozer, founder of cryptocurrency exchange Thodex has been jailed for more than 11,000 years after swindling investors out of millions of dollars.
- More than 150 rescuers join effort to free ill American from Turkish caveby Peter Beaumont on September 8, 2023
In video brought to surface, Mark Dickey says he was ‘very close to the edge’ after falling ill 1km downLocal and international cave rescue teams are poised to begin an attempt to evacuate a sick American caver from a deep underground system in Turkey, in what experts are suggesting may be one of the most complex operations of its kind.Turkish-led […]
- Quick response saved my life, says American trapped in Turkish cave – videoon September 8, 2023
American caver Mark Dickey credits the Turkish government and the caving community with saving his life after he developed gastrointestinal bleeding while exploring the Morca cave with other explorers. Speaking more than a kilometre below the surface, he said: 'I'm going to need a lot of help to get out of here' but added that it was also 'a great […]
- Turkish teams race to rescue sick American in 1km-deep caveby Agence France-Presse in Istanbul on September 7, 2023
Mark Dickey developed gastrointestinal bleeding while down in Morca cave with other explorersTurkish rescue teams are racing to save an American who developed internal bleeding while exploring a cave more than 1,000 metres (3,300ft) below ground level.Turkey’s caving federation said on Thursday that 150 rescuers were trying to reach Mark Dickey, 40, who […]
- ‘A biblical catastrophe’: death toll rises to four as Storm Daniel lashes Greeceby Clea Skopeliti in Milies on September 7, 2023
Torrential rain blocks roads, causes power cuts and severs water suppliesFour days of cataclysmic rain have lashed the central Greek region of Thessaly, triggering landslides, road and bridge collapses and severing water supplies.In what was described as a “biblical catastrophe”, storms also hit other parts of Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey. Continue […]
- UK heat and floods in south-east Europe blamed on ‘omega’ weather systemby Nadeem Badshah on September 6, 2023
Zone of high pressure sandwiched between two low-pressure areas is causing abnormal conditions across EuropeAn unusual omega weather system – in which a zone of high pressure is sandwiched between two areas of low pressure – is being blamed for both the unseasonal heatwave in the UK and the catastrophic flooding in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.At least […]
- Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria hit by fatal flash floodsby Jon Henley Europe correspondent on September 6, 2023
At least 12 people die across three countries as torrential rainstorms cause severe damage to buildings, roads and bridgesAt least 12 people have died in Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria as flash floods from torrential rainstorms turned rivers into torrents, swept away bridges and inundated streets, homes and public buildings.Greece’s climate crisis and civil […]
- People trapped and towns flooded as storms hit Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria – videoon September 6, 2023
Heavy rain in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria has triggered flash floods that have left at least seven dead and many missing. In Turkey, some holidaymakers were feared dead after flash flooding at a campsite in Kirklareli province, near the border with Bulgaria. Nikolai Denkov, the prime minister of Bulgaria, said two people died and three others were […]
- Seven dead as severe storms trigger flooding in Greece, Turkey and Bulgariaby AP in Athens on September 5, 2023
Areas of Greece report 75.4cm of rain late on Tuesday – the highest level recorded since 2006Fierce rainstorms have battered neighbouring Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, triggering flooding that caused at least seven deaths, including those of two holidaymakers swept away by a torrent at a campsite in northwestern Turkey.Ali Yerlikaya, the Turkish interior […]