Republic of Turkey
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti  ( Turkish)
Location of Turkey
Capital Ankara
39°55′N 32°50′E / 39°55′N 32°50′E / 39.917; 32.833
Largest city Istanbul
41°1′N 28°57′E / 41°1′N 28°57′E / 41.017; 28.950
Official languages Turkish
Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
•  President
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Binali Yıldırım
İsmail Kahraman
Legislature Grand National Assembly
Succession to the Ottoman Empire
19 May 1919
23 April 1920
13 October 1921
24 July 1923
29 October 1923
• Total
783,356 km2 (302,455 sq mi) ( 36th)
• Water (%)
• 2017 census
79,814,871 [1] ( 18th)
• Density
102 [2]/km2 (264.2/sq mi) ( 107th)
GDP ( PPP) 2017 estimate
• Total
$2.082 trillion [3] ( 13th)
• Per capita
$25,776 [3] ( 45th)
GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate
• Total
$861 billion [3] ( 17th)
• Per capita
$11,014 [3] ( 60th)
Gini (2013) Positive decrease 40.0 [4]
medium ·  56th
HDI (2014) Increase 0.761 [5]
high ·  72nd
Currency Turkish lira ( TRY)
Time zone FET ( UTC+3)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy ( AD)
Drives on the right
Calling code +90
ISO 3166 code TR
Internet TLD .tr

Turkey ( i/; Turkish: Türkiye [ˈtyɾcije]), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish: About this sound  Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ; pronounced  [ˈtyɾcije d͡ʒumˈhuɾijeti]), is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. [6] Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, parliamentary republic with a diverse cultural heritage. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; Iraq and Syria to the south. The country is encircled by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea is to the west, the Black Sea to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles, which together form the Turkish Straits, divide Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. [7] Ankara is the capital while Istanbul is the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Approximately 70-80% of the country's citizens identify themselves as ethnic Turks. [8] [9] Other ethnic groups include legally recognised [II] ( Armenians, Greeks, Jews) and unrecognised ( Kurds, Arabs, Circassians, Albanians, Bosniaks, Georgians, etc.) minorities. [8] Kurds are the largest ethnic minority group, making up approximately 20% of the population. [9]

The area of Turkey has been inhabited since the Paleolithic [11] by various ancient Anatolian civilisations, as well as Assyrians, Greeks, Thracians, Phrygians, Urartians and Armenians. [12] [13] [14] After Alexander the Great's conquest, the area was Hellenized, a process which continued under the Roman Empire and its transition into the Byzantine Empire. [13] [15] The Seljuk Turks began migrating into the area in the 11th century, starting the process of Turkification, which was accelerated by the Seljuk victory over the Byzantines at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. [16] The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, when it disintegrated into small Turkish beyliks. [17]

In the mid-14th century the Ottomans started uniting Anatolia and created an empire encompassing much of Southeast Europe, West Asia and North Africa, becoming a major power in Eurasia and Africa during the early modern period. The empire reached the peak of its power in the 16th century, especially during the reign (1520–1566) of Suleiman the Magnificent. It remained powerful and influential for two more centuries, until important setbacks in the 17th and 18th century forced it to cede strategic territories in Europe, signalling the loss of its former military strength and wealth. After the 1913 Ottoman coup d'état which effectively put the country under the control of the Three Pashas, the Ottoman Empire decided to join the Central Powers during World War I which were ultimately defeated by the Allied Powers. During the war, the Ottoman government committed genocides [III] against its Armenian, Assyrian and Pontic Greek citizens. [18]

Following the war, the conglomeration of territories and peoples that formerly comprised the Ottoman Empire was partitioned into several new states. [19] The Turkish War of Independence (1919–1922), initiated by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his colleagues against the occupying Allies, resulted in the abolition of monarchy in 1922 and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, with Atatürk as its first president. [20] Atatürk enacted numerous reforms, many of which incorporated various aspects of Western thought, philosophy, and customs into the new form of Turkish government. [21]

Turkey is a charter member of the UN, an early member of NATO, and a founding member of the OECD, OSCE, OIC and G-20. After becoming one of the first members of the Council of Europe in 1949, 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. [22] Turkey's growing economy and diplomatic initiatives have led to its recognition as a regional power [23] [24] while its location has given it geopolitical and strategic importance throughout history. [25] [26]

Turkey's current administration headed by president Tayyip Erdoğan has reversed many of the country's earlier reforms which had been in place since the founding of the modern republic of Turkey, such as Freedom of the Press, a Legislative System of Checks and Balances, and a set of standards for secularism in government, as first enacted by Atatürk. [27] [28] [29]


The name of Turkey ( Turkish: Türkiye) is based on the ethnonym Türk. The first recorded use of the term "Türk" or "Türük" as an autonym is contained in the Old Turkic inscriptions of the Göktürks (Celestial Turks) of Central Asia (c. 8th century). [30] The English name Turkey first appeared in the late 14th century and is derived from Medieval Latin Turchia. [31]

The Greek cognate of this name, Tourkia ( Greek: Τουρκία) was used by the Byzantine emperor and scholar Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in his book De Administrando Imperio, [32] [33] though in his use, "Turks" always referred to Magyars. [34] Similarly, the medieval Khazar Empire, a Turkic state on the northern shores of the Black and Caspian seas, was referred to as Tourkia (Land of the Turks) in Byzantine sources. [35] The medieval Arabs referred to the Mamluk Sultanate as al-Dawla al-Turkiyya (State of Turkey). [36] [37] The Ottoman Empire was sometimes referred to as Turkey or the Turkish Empire among its European contemporaries. [38]

Other Languages
Acèh: Turuki
Адыгэбзэ: Тыркуей
адыгабзэ: Тыркуе
Afrikaans: Turkye
Akan: Turki
Alemannisch: Türkei
አማርኛ: ቱርክ
Ænglisc: Tyrcland
Аҧсшәа: Ҭырқәтәыла
العربية: تركيا
aragonés: Turquía
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܛܘܪܩܝܐ
armãneashti: Turchia
arpetan: Turquie
অসমীয়া: তুৰস্ক
asturianu: Turquía
Avañe'ẽ: Tuykia
авар: Туркия
Aymar aru: Turkiya
azərbaycanca: Türkiyə
تۆرکجه: تورکیه
bamanankan: Türkiye
বাংলা: তুরস্ক
Bahasa Banjar: Turki
Bân-lâm-gú: Thó͘-ní-kî
башҡортса: Төркиә
беларуская: Турцыя
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Турэччына
भोजपुरी: तुर्की
Bikol Central: Turkiya
Bislama: Teki
български: Турция
Boarisch: Tiakei
བོད་ཡིག: ཏུར་ཀི།
bosanski: Turska
brezhoneg: Turkia
буряад: Түрэг Улас
català: Turquia
Чӑвашла: Турци
Cebuano: Turkiya
čeština: Turecko
Chamoru: Turkey
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Turquía
Chi-Chewa: Turkey
chiShona: Turkey
chiTumbuka: Turkey
corsu: Turchia
Cymraeg: Twrci
dansk: Tyrkiet
Deitsch: Turkie
Deutsch: Türkei
ދިވެހިބަސް: ތުރުކީވިލާތް
dolnoserbski: Turkojska
eesti: Türgi
Ελληνικά: Τουρκία
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Turchî
español: Turquía
Esperanto: Turkio
estremeñu: Turquia
euskara: Turkia
eʋegbe: Turkey
فارسی: ترکیه
Fiji Hindi: Turkey
føroyskt: Turkaland
français: Turquie
Frysk: Turkije
Fulfulde: Türkiye
furlan: Turchie
Gaeilge: An Tuirc
Gaelg: Yn Turkee
Gagauz: Türkiye
Gàidhlig: An Tuirc
galego: Turquía
贛語: 土耳其
Gĩkũyũ: Takĩ
ગુજરાતી: તુર્કસ્તાન
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: तुर्की
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Thú-ngí-khì
한국어: 터키
Hausa: Turkiyya
Hawaiʻi: Tureke
Հայերեն: Թուրքիա
हिन्दी: तुर्की
hornjoserbsce: Turkowska
hrvatski: Turska
Ido: Turkia
Igbo: Turkéy
Ilokano: Turkia
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: তুরস্ক
Bahasa Indonesia: Turki
interlingua: Turchia
Interlingue: Turcia
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᑑᕐᑭ
Iñupiak: Turkey
Ирон: Турк
isiXhosa: ITurkiya
isiZulu: ITheki
íslenska: Tyrkland
italiano: Turchia
עברית: טורקיה
Basa Jawa: Turki
kalaallisut: Tyrkia
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಟರ್ಕಿ
Kapampangan: Turkiya
къарачай-малкъар: Тюрк
ქართული: თურქეთი
kaszëbsczi: Tëreckô
қазақша: Түркия
kernowek: Turki
Kinyarwanda: Turukiya
Kirundi: Turukiya
Kiswahili: Uturuki
коми: Турция
Kongo: Turki
Kreyòl ayisyen: Tiki
Kurdî: Tirkiye
кырык мары: Турци
Ladino: Turkia
лакку: Туркия
лезги: Турция
لۊری شومالی: تورکیأ
latgaļu: Turceja
Latina: Turcia
latviešu: Turcija
Lëtzebuergesch: Tierkei
lietuvių: Turkija
Ligure: Turchia
Limburgs: Turkije
lingála: Turkí
Livvinkarjala: Turtsii
la .lojban.: turk
Luganda: Buturuki
lumbaart: Türchia
मैथिली: टर्की
македонски: Турција
Malagasy: Torkia
മലയാളം: തുർക്കി
Malti: Turkija
Māori: Tākei
მარგალური: თურქეთი
مصرى: توركيا
مازِرونی: ترکیه
Bahasa Melayu: Turki
Baso Minangkabau: Turki
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Tū-ī-gì
Mirandés: Turquie
мокшень: Туркамастор
молдовеняскэ: Турчия
монгол: Турк
မြန်မာဘာသာ: တူရကီနိုင်ငံ
Dorerin Naoero: Terki
Na Vosa Vakaviti: Turkey
Nederlands: Turkije
Nedersaksies: Turkije
Nēhiyawēwin / ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ: ᑐᕒᑭ
नेपाली: टर्की
नेपाल भाषा: टर्की
日本語: トルコ
Napulitano: Turchia
нохчийн: Турци
Nordfriisk: Türkei
Norfuk / Pitkern: Turkii
norsk: Tyrkia
norsk nynorsk: Tyrkia
Nouormand: Turtchie
Novial: Turkia
occitan: Turquia
олык марий: Турций
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ତୁର୍କୀ
Oromoo: Tarkii
Oshiwambo: Turkey
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Turkiya
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਤੁਰਕੀ
Pälzisch: Turkije
Pangasinan: Turkiyo
پنجابی: ترکی
Papiamentu: Turkia
پښتو: تورکيه
Patois: Toerki
Перем Коми: Тюркия
Picard: Turkie
Piemontèis: Turchìa
Tok Pisin: Teki
Plattdüütsch: Törkie
polski: Turcja
Ποντιακά: Τουρκία
português: Turquia
Qaraqalpaqsha: Tu'rkiya
qırımtatarca: Türkiye
română: Turcia
Romani: Turkiya
rumantsch: Tirchia
Runa Simi: Turkiya
русиньскый: Турція
русский: Турция
саха тыла: Түркийэ
sámegiella: Durka
Gagana Samoa: Take
संस्कृतम्: तुर्की
Sängö: Turukïi
sardu: Turkia
Scots: Turkey
Seeltersk: Turkäi
Sesotho: Türkiye
Sesotho sa Leboa: Turkey
Setswana: Turkey
shqip: Turqia
sicilianu: Turchìa
සිංහල: තුර්කිය
Simple English: Turkey
SiSwati: IThekhi
slovenčina: Turecko
slovenščina: Turčija
словѣньскъ / ⰔⰎⰑⰂⰡⰐⰠⰔⰍⰟ: Тѷрци
ślůnski: Turcyjo
Soomaaliga: Turkiga
کوردی: تورکیا
Sranantongo: Turkiyakondre
српски / srpski: Турска
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Turska
Basa Sunda: Turki
suomi: Turkki
svenska: Turkiet
Tagalog: Turkiya
தமிழ்: துருக்கி
Taqbaylit: Tturk
tarandíne: Turchie
татарча/tatarça: Төркия
తెలుగు: టర్కీ
tetun: Turkia
ትግርኛ: የቱርክ ዶሮ
тоҷикӣ: Туркия
Tsetsêhestâhese: Turkey
Tshivenda: Turkey
ತುಳು: ಟರ್ಕಿ
Türkçe: Türkiye
Türkmençe: Türkiýe
Twi: Turkey
тыва дыл: Турция
удмурт: Турция
ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ: Turki
українська: Туреччина
اردو: ترکی
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: تۈركىيە جۇمھۇرىيىتى
Vahcuengh: Dujwjgiz
vèneto: Turchia
vepsän kel’: Turkanma
Tiếng Việt: Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ
Volapük: Türkän
Võro: Türgü
walon: Tourkeye
文言: 土耳其
West-Vlams: Turkeye
Winaray: Turkeya
Wolof: Tirki
吴语: 土耳其
Xitsonga: Turkey
ייִדיש: טערקיי
Yorùbá: Turkey
粵語: 土耳其
Zazaki: Tırkiya
Zeêuws: Turkije
žemaitėška: Torkėjė
中文: 土耳其
डोटेली: टर्की
Kabɩyɛ: Tuurkii