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Turkey

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Turkey, officially the Republic of Türkiye (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti [ˈtyɾcije dʒumˈhuːɾijeti] ), is a country mainly on the Anatolian Peninsula in West Asia, with a smaller part called East Thrace on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. It borders the Black Sea to the north; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east; Iraq to the southeast; Syria and the Mediterranean Sea to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Cyprus is off the south coast. Most of the country's citizens are ethnic Turks, while Kurds are the largest ethnic minority.[4] Ankara is Turkey's capital and second-largest city, while Istanbul is its largest city and economic and financial centre, as well as the largest city in Europe.

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Republic of Türkiye
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti (Turkish)
Flag of Turkey
Anthem: 
İstiklal Marşı
"Independence March"
Location of Turkey
CapitalAnkara
39°55′N 32°51′E
Largest cityIstanbul
41°1′N 28°57′E
Official languagesTurkish[1][2]
Spoken languages
  • Predominantly Turkish[3]
Ethnic groups
(2016)[4]
Demonym(s)
  • Turkish
  • Turk
GovernmentUnitary presidential constitutional republic
 President
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Cevdet Yılmaz
Numan Kurtulmuş
Zühtü Arslan
LegislatureGrand National Assembly
Establishment
c. 1299
19 May 1919
23 April 1920
1 November 1922
24 July 1923
29 October 1923
9 November 1982[5]
Area
 Total
783,562 km2 (302,535 sq mi) (36th)
 Water (%)
2.03[6]
Population
 December 2023 estimate
Neutral increase 85,372,377[7] (17th)
 Density
111[7]/km2 (287.5/sq mi) (83rd)
GDP (PPP)2023 estimate
 Total
Increase $3.613 trillion[8] (11th)
 Per capita
Increase $41,887[8] (46th)
GDP (nominal)2023 estimate
 Total
Increase $1.154 trillion[8] (17th)
 Per capita
Increase $13,383[8] (65th)
Gini (2019)Steady 41.9[9]
medium
HDI (2021)Increase 0.838[10]
very high · 48th
CurrencyTurkish lira () (TRY)
Time zoneUTC+3 (TRT)
Calling code+90
ISO 3166 codeTR
Internet TLD.tr
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Human settlement in the area began in the late Paleolithic period.[11] Present-day Turkey is home to important Neolithic sites like Göbekli Tepe and was inhabited by ancient civilizations including the Hattians, Hittites, Anatolian peoples, Greeks, Assyrians, and Persians.[12][13][14][15] Following the conquests of Alexander the Great which started the Hellenistic period, most of the ancient Anatolian regions were culturally Hellenized, and this continued during the Byzantine era.[13][16][17] The Seljuk Turks began migrating to Anatolia in the 11th century, which started the Turkification process.[16][18] The Seljuk Sultanate of Rum ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, when it disintegrated into small Turkish principalities.[19] Beginning in the late 13th century, the Ottomans united the principalities and conquered the Balkans. After Mehmed II conquered Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, Ottoman expansion continued under Selim I. During the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire became a global power.[20][21][22]

From the late 18th century onwards, the empire's power and territory declined.[23] Mahmud II started a period of modernization in the early 19th century.[24] The Young Turk Revolution of 1908 restricted the authority of the sultan and restored the Ottoman Parliament.[25][26] The Three Pashas took control with the 1913 coup d'état, and the Ottoman Empire entered World War I as one of the Central Powers in 1914. During the war, the Ottoman government committed genocides against its Armenian, Greek and Assyrian subjects.[27][28][29] After its defeat in the war, the Ottoman Empire was partitioned.[30] The Turkish War of Independence against the occupying Allied Powers resulted in the abolition of the sultanate on 1 November 1922, the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne on 24 July 1923 and the proclamation of a republic on 29 October 1923, modelled on the reforms initiated by the country's first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Turkey is a regional power with a geopolitically significant strategic location.[31] The economy of Turkey, which is a founding member of the OECD and G20, is a newly industrialized country, and currently ranks 17th-largest in the world by nominal GDP and 11th-largest by PPP. Turkey is a charter member of the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank; a founding member of the OSCE, OIC, BSEC, ECO, MIKTA, TURKSOY and OTS; and an early member of NATO. After becoming one of the early members of the Council of Europe in 1950, Turkey became an associate member of the EEC in 1963, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995, and started accession negotiations with the European Union in 2005. Turkey is home to 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the fourth most visited country in the world.

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