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COUNTRY PROFILE & FACTS:                                                                            

Official Name: Republic of Turkey

Date of Foundation: October 29, 1923

Capital:  Ankara

Largest Cities: Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya

Area: 814.578 km2

Geographical Coordinates: Eastern Meridians 26° and 45° and Northern Parallels 36° and 42°

Coastal Borders:  Mediterranean Sea in the south, Aegean Sea in the west and Black Sea in the north

Language: The official language is Turkish. English is widely spoken in major cities.

Currency: TL (Turkish Lira) 1 Euro approximately equals to 2, 30 Turkish Liras.

Time Zone: GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7

Business Hours: The workweek in Turkey runs from Monday to Friday. Banks, government offices and majority of corporate offices open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM.

Public Holidays:  There are two types of public holiday in Turkey: Those fall on the same day each year; and the religious festivals which change according to the lunar calendar and, therefore, fall on different dates each year. 1 January, 23 April, 1 May, 19 May, 30 August, 28 & 29 October Eid (Ramadan): 8-11 September 2010 Greater Eid: 15-19 November 2010

Visas: Visas are easily obtained upon arrival to the air­port and are required for citizens of most countries.

Electricity: 220V. European standard round two-pin sockets.

Health Services: Cities and major touristic towns have a selection of private inter­national and public hospitals with good standards.

Food: As with many Mediterranean nations Turkish food is very healthy, fresh and enjoyable.

Water:  Tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink. However, it is recommended that you consume bottled water, which is readily and cheaply available

Communications:  Turkey has three GSM operators, with all of them offering 3G services and almost over 95% coverage over the country. Internet service is available all around the country.

International Dial Code:  +90


Turkey is astride two continents and is often referred to as the gateway to the East. Turkey borders eight other countries and is separated into seven areas. The aegean region is the heart of the tourist industry and offers beautiful scenery with its picturesque mountain views and crystal clear waters. Turkey has something to offer everyone and the areas we specialise in are the most beautiful Turkey has to offer.

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