Living in Turkey guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Turkey.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Turkey

Banking in Turkey

Owning a local bank account will significantly facilitate your life as an expat in Turkey. Not only might you need it for bills ...

The healthcare system in Turkey

It is needless to stress the importance of health coverage. Fortunately Turkey has a well-developed healthcare system, with ...

Post COVID-19 changes in Turkey

On June 12, 2020, Turkey lifted its border and travel restrictions, so you are free to travel there, regardless of the purpose of ...

Accommodation in Turkey

Turkey offers various housing options, and the most fitting for you will depend on your chosen area of living, the expected ...

Accommodation in Ankara

Turkey's second-largest city with over 5 million inhabitants, Ankara is first and foremost the country's political capital. The ...

Accommodation in Izmir

Moving to Izmir? Great idea! Turkey's third-largest city, Izmir combines the cultural and entertainment amenities of a big ...

Working in Turkey

For many of you, along with a new life comes the prospect of a new job. Whether you are being transferred to the Turkish branch ...

Working in Ankara

Ankara, Turkey's political capital and second-largest city after Istanbul, accounted for about 8.93% of the country's overall ...

Working in Izmir

Turkey's third-largest city, Izmir represented 6.3% of Turkey's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as of 2019, totalling to 233.5 ...

Internships in Turkey

An internship in Turkey can prove to be a prized addition to your CV, demonstrating your open-mindedness and your readiness to ...

Starting a business in Turkey

Starting your own business is always an intense experience. On the one hand, there is the excitement of seeing your project come ...

Working in Turkey as a digital nomad

A mix of Middle Eastern mysticism and European tradition, Turkey is a well-established tourist hotspot. Offering its visitors a ...

Childcare in Turkey

Characterised by a very child-friendly culture, Turkey offers ample amenities and services designed to cater to the educational ...

The Turkish lifestyle

Traditions dating back to the Ottoman era still permeate Turkey, along with modern influences to form a unique blend-specific ...

Relocating to Turkey

Bringing along their cherished possessions helps many expats make themselves at home in their new country. Besides, if you do not ...

About Turkey

Geography and climate in Turkey

A sizeable country of 783,562 square kilometres (about the combined size of the United Kingdom and France), Turkey shares borders with Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq and Syria, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea.

A vast majority of the Turkish territory expands over Anatolia, which is in Asia, and about 3% of the country is located in the European Balkans. Did you know that you can cross continents via the famous bridges over the Bosporus, or by the funicular tunnel (Marmaray metro line) merged underwater? It only takes a few minutes to pass from Asia to Europe, or vice versa depending on the traffic!

The climate varies significantly according to regional conditions. Central and eastern Anatolia are marked by a continental climate, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters from November to March, while the western and southern coasts enjoy a Mediterranean climate with lukewarm winters and rainier summers. In the northern seaside regions (Istanbul included), a high humidity rate further aggravates extreme hot and cold temperatures.

 Good to know:

A common complaint among Istanbul-dwellers crushed by the August heat is "esmiyor"! (which could be translated as 'the wind won't blow!'), and it has become a widespread internet meme.

Turkey's economy and politics

As of 2018, the country's population amounted to 80.81 million inhabitants. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD 766.51 billion, Turkey is the 18th economic power worldwide. The country's economic mainstays include textile, agriculture, automotive and electrical appliances manufacture.

Turkey has achieved outstanding economic performance over the past years. Macroeconomic and fiscal stability have contributed to boosting export, employment and purchasing power have significantly progressed, and poverty incidence halved between 2002 and 2012. More recently, the economy has registered a slowdown, contributing to a devaluation of the national currency, the Turkish lira.

Turkey is a parliamentary representative democracy, currently ruled by the AKP (Justice and Development Party) under the stewardship of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The country is also a member state of the European Council, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Culture in Turkey

Heir to the Ottoman empire, which used to rule over a huge territory encompassing large swathes of the Middle-East, Eastern Europe and North Africa, Turkey stands at the crossroads between civilizations. Its culture bears the mark of a broad range of influences from past Anatolian societies. You can shop from the world’s oldest malls like the Grand Bazaar that goes back more than 500 years. For more information about Turkish culture please consult our article about the Turkish lifestyle.

The country's cultural profile keeps developing, notably boosted by the TV entertainment industry: the second-largest soap opera exporter after the US, Turkey exports TV series to more than 90 countries in Eastern Europe, the Arab world or Latin America.

 Useful link:

Popular Turkish TV shows

Expats in Turkey

A gateway between Europe and Asia, Turkey acts as a magnet for expats regardless of their home country. Turkey's major cities ' Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir ' are home to large communities of American, European, and Iranians. In recent years, there is also an increasing number of Asian and Arabic expats. Many of them work in the service industry, often at positions enabling them to make the most of their language skills (such as teacher or tourism manager positions).

Expats frequently come together, so look out, there are probably expat-oriented grassroots events and activities staged in the vicinity of your new home in Turkey!

Quick Information

Capital : Ankara
Official Languages : Turkish , Kurdish , Azerbaijani , Avaric
Currency : Lira
Area : 780580 Km2
Population : 77804122
Calling Code : +90
Timezone : Europe/Istanbul

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