Country: Turkey

Population: 71,158,647

Capital: Ankara

Time Zone: UTC+2

Currency Name: Turkish New lira (TRY)

Government Type: republican parliamentary democracy

Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, Dimli (or Zaza), Azeri, Kabardian

Ethnic Breakdown: Turkish 80%, Kurdish 20%

Religion: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

Major Cities: Ankara, Istanbul

Phone Country Code: 90

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.visittnt.com/

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), April 23 (National Sovereignty & Children's Day), May 19 (Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth & Sports Day), August 30 (Victory Day), October 29 (Republic Day), Ramadan

Misc Fact / Good to Know: stanbul is the only city in the world which spans two continents.