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About Turkey - County Profile     Turkey Video

A treasure of history, a melting pot of civilizations and cultures.
The variety and beauty of its landscape and climate attracts tourists to its beaches, mountains, plains and valleys.
A dynamic nation of 72 million people with average age of 28

Committed to democracy and pluralism

A multi-party parliamentary democracy since 1946.
A secular democracy among more than 50 republics with predominantly Moslem population.
A free market economy
Free and privately-owned media, with 16 nation-wide private TV Networks, broadcasting through two Turkish communication  satellites.
A member of NATO since 1952, Turkey is a part of the EU Customs Union since 1996, a candidate country to the EU since 1999 that  started accession negotiations in October 2005.
Strategically placed
A physical and culturel bridge between Europe and Asia, in the heart of Eurasia, bordering 12 nations and four seas.
An outlet for the Black Sea basin countries to warm seas through the Turkish Straits.
A significant contributor to the development of the newly independent states of Central Asia and the Caucasus.
A prospective energy terminal of export of Caspian oil and natural gas.
A regional leader
Contributor to UN peacekeeping operations world-wide.
Initiator of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation region which groups 11 nations from the Balkans to the Caucasus.
Supporter of the Southeast European Countries Cooperation Process and initiator of the Multinational Peace Force Southeastern  Europe; participant in the Kosova International Security Force and in Afghanistan and the Lebanon.
Supporter of the Middle East Peace Process and the only regional country which participates in the Temporary International  Presence in Hebron (TIPH) upon the request of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
An economic power
A modern telecommunication and transportation network.
17th largest and 4th fastest growing economy in the world.
4th biggest donor country in the world with respect its GNP.
Donor of $3.5 billion in economic and technical assistance including credits and $500 million in humanitarian aid to several  countries.
Russia alone, the investments of Turkish private entreprises amount to $10 billion.
With an average annual growth rate of 5%, the fastest growing country in the Mediterranean.
Exports to 155 countries, ranging from cable for the Channel Tunnel to cars to China.
Europe's largest supplier of textiles and apparel.
The only F-16 fighter plane factory outside the US.
A regional center for international companies such as Coca-Cola, Chase Manhattan, Philips and Siemens.
A land of opportunity
Privatization program including state enterprises active in airlines, banking, telecommunications and petroleum.
Privatization and its $4.5 billion per year energy investment program offering important opportunities for foreign investors.
One of the 10 big emerging markets.
The Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) for hydroelectric power generation and irrigation creating vast investment  oppourtunities in agroindustries.



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