Do you wish to move to a culturally and economically rich country? Turkey is definitely a land to discover.
Turkey is one of the main Mediterranean region's tourism and expatriation destinations. It shares its borders not only with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq and Syria but also with the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea. The country is the portal for economic and cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia. This is why it attracts thousands of expatriates from across the globe every year.
Economy and politics
Being a parliamentary Republic, Turkey is a member state of the European Council and of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Its population amounted to some 80,694,485 million inhabitants in 2013, counting 103 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Turkey is the world's 17th economic power. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to more than US$ 789 million in 2012. Note that the Turkish Pound is the country's official currency. The Turkish economy has greatly developed since the 80s due to industry and exports. In fact, the country's main economic pillars are textile, steel industry, agriculture, automotive and electrical appliances manufacture.
Expats in Turkey
The Turkish population consists of a high concentration of foreigners, mainly British, German, American and French nationals. Most of them have settled in the country's major cities, namely Istanbul and Ankara. Moreover, most expatriates are hired in the tertiary field. Some of them are top executives while others are teachers.
Turkey's climate varies according to the different regions and seasons. Temperatures can be quite high during summer in Marmara, which is found on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. In winter, temperatures are rather mild. From April to late October, some regions, Istanbul in particular, even experience snow and ice during winter.
As regards the Black Sea region, its climate is quite similar to that of East Europe. However, heavy rain and storms are frequent there. Summer is rather warm and humid while winter is temperate with heavy rainfall.
Central Anatolia, for its part, enjoys a continental climate with warm and dry summers and cool winters from November to February. In East Anatolia, winter is rather long and snowy while summer is temperate. But in the South, winter is lukewarm and rainy unlike hot and dry summers.
Finally, coastal regions have rainy climates from November to March. In general, the country experiences a dry climate with high temperatures in summer and cool temperatures in winter, particularly in higher zones.
Turkey is a very rich country in terms of culture, traditions, landscapes, etc. In fact, these largely differ from one region to another. Turkish people are rather popular for their friendliness, attentiveness and hospitality. Hence, foreigners are entitled to a warm and family-like welcome. You are likely to adapt rapidly to the Turkish culture and lifestyle given the number of expatriates who have settled there over the years.