Country Profile - Turkey

Name: The Republic of Turkey

Location: Southeastern Europe/Asia Minor

Time: IST (-) 3 1/2 hrs

Capital: Ankara

Language: Turkish (official), French, German and English

Area: 779,452 sq kms

Population: 78,785,548 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 29 Oct (Republic Day)

Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)

Climate: Temperatures in Ankara vary between -4C °(25ºF) and 30°C (86ºF). Marmara and the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 23 Apr National Sovereignty and Children's Day. 1 May May Day 30 Aug Victory Day. 28 Oct (28th is a half-day) Republic Day .

Airline Name: Turkish Airlines (TK)

International Airports: Esenboga (Ankara) (ESB), Ataturk (Istanbul) (IST), Adnan Menderes (Izmir) (IZM)