Turkey Facts

Turkey Facts
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic largely located in Western Asia with the portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeastern Europe. See the fact file below for more information about Turkey.
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CAPITAL
Ankara

POPULATION
70,413,958 (July 2006 est.)

AREA
total: 780,580 sq km
land: 770,760 sq km
water: 9,820 sq km
slightly larger than Texas

GOVERNMENT
republican parliamentary democracy

MONEY
Turkish lira (YTL); old Turkish lira (TRL) before 1 January 2005

CLIMATE
temperate; hot, dry summers with mild, wet winters; harsher in interior

LANGUAGES
Turkish (official), Kurdish, Dimli (or Zaza), Azeri, Kabardian
note: there is also a substantial Gagauz population in the Europe part of Turkey