42 Interesting Facts About Turkey

Turkey is one of the beautiful countries of the world. It is the only country in the world whose part is in Europe and most part is in Asia. Hence it is also known as Eurasia. Let’s know interesting things related to Turkey.

Fun Facts About Turkey

1). Turkey is also known as the Europe-Asia bridge.

2). Only a small part of Turkey is in Europe, but Turkey has the largest number of bird species in all of Europe.

3). Turkey is the only Muslim majority country in the world which is secular.

4). The capital of Turkey is Ankara and the largest city is Istanbul.

5). Turkey has the third largest number of Facebook users in the world. America is at number one and British at number two.

6). Turkey’s GDP is the 17th largest GDP in the world.

7) Turkey has borders with about 8 countries.

8). The Central Market of Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world. There are 64 streets, 4000 shops and 25000 people work here. It was built by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century.

9). Turkey is also called Europe’s patient.

10). Mustafa Kemalpasha is considered the creator of modern Turkey.

11). The local traditional red hat is banned in Turkey. It was banned by Mustafa Kamal Pasha, who thought it was a sign of bigotry.

12). Turkey is the sixth largest tourist destination in the world.

13). The great historical city of Troy was in Turkey itself.

Why Turkey Is Famous For?

14). Turkey has more than 82,693 mosques which makes it one of the country with the largest number of mosques in the world.

15). The first church built by humans in the world is in Turkey. It is called Kew Church or St Peter’s Church. Which was built between 1098 and 1268 AD.

16). When babies are born in Turkey, salt is wrapped all over their bodies. This is called salting. It is believed that with this, the child can be kept away from every bad situation.

17). Beekeeping is done extensively in Turkey.

18). Turkey is the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. Most journalists were jailed in Turkey.

19). The Turkish people had given the knowledge of coffee to Europe.

20). About 9,000 species of flowers are found in Turkey.

21). Turkey is home to 2 of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.

22). Tulips are believed to have originated in Holland. But this is wrong. Tulip is found in Turkey since long ago, from here it went to Europe.

23). The world’s first underground mosque was also built in Turkey.

24). Every year about 90 million people come to the Grand Bazaar of Turkey to shop.

25). Turkey is the 37th largest country in the world by area.

Amazing Facts About Turkey

26). Evidence of human settlement has been found in Turkey about 7500 years before Christ.

27). Santa Claus aka Saint Nicholas was born in Turkey. Santa Claus was born in Patara, Turkey in the 3rd century.

28). Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents. Only 3 percent of Turkey falls in Europe, despite it being counted as a European country. Whereas 97 percent of Turkey’s land falls in the continent of Asia.

29). Turkey’s 13 World Heritage Sites are included in the list of UNESCO.

30). Turkey’s “Rahat lokum” dessert is one of the oldest sweets in the world.

31). Turkey is the largest nut producer in the world. Turkey exports 80 percent of the world’s walnuts.

32). Most Turks did not use surnames at first. But after the law passed in 1934, it became binding. Common surnames in Turkish include Yismaj, Kaya, Demir, etc.

33). Turkey’s beer market is the 12th largest beer market in the world.

34). The railway tunnel built in Turkey’s commercial capital Istanbul is the second oldest in the world after the London Railway. This tunnel started functioning in 1975.

35). Wine has been used in Turkey since 4000 BC.

36). Turkish bird is called Hindi. Turkos believe that this bird was born in India.

37). Turkey ranks fourth in tomato production in the world. Turk farmers produce 11 million metric tons of tomatoes every year.

Facts About Turkey

38). Turkey has been hit by at least 25 very severe earthquakes since 1939. These are those whose intensity was at least 7.8. Had there been any other place, it would have been destroyed by now.

39). Most Turks drink 10 or more cups of tea per day which is the highest per capita tea drinking rate. 96 percent of the country’s population drinks tea every day. Turkey is one of the 5 largest producers of tea in the world. Tea in Turkey is called tea like in India.

40). In Turkey the word Aslan is used for the lion which is depicted in the book series called Narnia.

41). Turkish people are also famous for their patriotism. The people here never speak wrong towards their country.

42). Turkish women are also counted among the most beautiful women in the world and most of the people here look like Europeans.

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Praakriti is an editor and a published author. She has been in the digital media field for over five years. She graduated from Ranchi University, Ranchi, and has a Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Research from Ranchi University. She has written over 250 articles about ingredients and their benefits for the skin, hair, and health. She specializes in dealing with health and lifestyle-based content, though she doesn't shy away from editing content from domains outside her comfort zone.

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