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More little known facts..
For those of you interested, here's some lesser known snippets about the country we love..
- The formal name of the country is Turkiye Cumhuriyeti (Republic of Turkey)
- The Turkish flag is an adaptation of the flag of the Ottoman Empire, which preceded the modern Turkish state.
- The total area of Turkey is 301,383.62 square miles, including 3,791.52 square miles of water.
- The land boundaries of Turkey are as follows: with Syria, 510 miles; Iran, 310 miles; Iraq, 218 miles; Armenia, 166 miles; Georgia, 156 miles; Bulgaria, 149 miles; Greece, 128 miles; and Azerbaijan, 5 miles.
- Turkey has 4473 miles of coastline on the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Black Sea, and Sea of Marmara
- Turkey claims coastline sovereignty extending six nautical miles in the Aegean Sea and 12 nautical miles in the Black and Mediterranean seas.
- Turkey’s highest mountain, Mt. Ararat, is 5,166 meters high.
- Turkey's longest rivers, the Kızılırmak, Sakarya, and Yeşilırmak, flow northward from the interior of the country into the Black Sea
- In 2008 some 24 percent of the population was 14 years of age or younger and 7 percent was 65 or older. The birth rate, which has declined significantly in recent decades, was 16.2 births per 1,000 population. The fertility rate was 1.87 children per woman. The death rate was 6.02 deaths per 1,000 population, and the infant mortality rate was 37 deaths per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy, which has increased rapidly since 1960, was 70.7 years for males and 75.7 years for females.
- Inflation has been a chronic problem in Turkey’s economy. Between 1994 and 1999, the average yearly rate was 85 percent. However, in 2004 the rate dropped below 9 percent, the lowest since 1982, and it has remained at about that level since that time. The rate for 2007 was 8.5 percent.
- Despite Turkey’s long coastline, fishing is not an important contributor to the economy
- Coal is the only fossil fuel that Turkey possesses in abundance, meaning that large amounts of oil and natural gas are imported
- In early 2008, unemployment was estimated at 10.8 percent overall, compared with 10.4 percent in 2007.