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Location  Middle East
Capital  Ankara
Area  783,562 sq km
Population  81,257,239
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  • Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 3 January 2013 signed an inter-governmental agreement worth $12 billion for the development of power plants and associated mines in Afsin-Elbistan region of Turkey.

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  • Turkey and Japan on 7 January 2014 signed an agreement to set up a joint international university of science and technology in Istanbul aiming to nurture experts in the field of nuclear energy.[1]

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  • Turkish film Zer received the Best Film award at the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival in the Australasian Film Section on 20 January 2018.[2]

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  • A 25-member team headed by Dr Omer Ozkan attempted to perform the world's first triple limb transplant, attaching two arms and one leg to a 34-year-old man on 21 January 2012 at a hospital in southern Turkey.

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  • Turkey’s Deniz Karakay on 30 January 2017 was named as one of the winners at the Google's annual coding competition Google Code-in (GCI).[3]

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  • Nearly 40 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in 2018, an increase of more than 21 percent, according to the country’s Culture and Tourism Ministry figures released on 31 January 2019.


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  • Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic won the first and third places at the World Press Photo awards in the Spot News singles category on 12 February 2015.[4]

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  • Turkish photographer Burhan Ozbilici won the 2017 World Press Photo of the Year award for his image of Russian ambassador's assassination in 2016 in Turkey.[5]

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  • Turkey became a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance, on February 18, 1952.[6]

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  • Turkey and China signed a three-year currency swap deal worth over $1.5 billion U.S. dollars on 21 February 2012 to enable bilateral trade in local currencies. The agreement is aimed at enhancing financial cooperation and promoting bilateral trade and investment, as well as ensuring regional financial stability.[7]

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  • Turkey and Croatia signed a culture and arts cooperation agreement on 4 March 2014. The agreement for the 2014-2016 period includes cooperation between the countries in a number of fields from literature, cinema, music and performing arts to historical manuscripts and cultural heritage.[8]
  • Turkey and Greece signed 25 agreements to boost bilateral relations on 4 March 2013. Under these agreements, the two neighbors will strengthen their cooperation in the fields of transport, information, media, sports, healthcare, agriculture, education and tourism, among others.

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  • Safak Pavey, the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish Parliament, was honored with the 2012 International Women of Courage Award by the United States Department of State who demonstrated great personal dignity in overcoming physical obstacles every day, while locally and globally championing the rights of vulnerable populations, including refugees and disabled persons.

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  • Saadet Ozkan of Turkey, a former primary school teacher and a gender activist who has become a champion for victims of child abuse, was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017.[9]

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  • Turkey and Iran signed eight Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in Tehran on 7 April 2015 to expand cooperation in economy, culture and politics during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Iran.[10]

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  • Hayrettin Karaca, a successful textile businessman from Turkey, was honored with the United Nations Forest Heroes Award on 10 April 2013 for his initiatives in Turkey to raise public awareness of environmental problems -- specifically soil erosion, deforestation, biodiversity loss and climate change.[11]

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  • Turkey claimed three golds in the women’s under 48 kilogram events at the 2015 European Weightlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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  • Turkey and Malaysia signed a free trade agreement on 17 April 2014 that is expected to boost bilateral trade and diplomatic ties between the two countries.[12]

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  • The ‘Green Patriarch’, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from Turkey was awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on April 19, 2005. He was honored for mobilizing moral and spiritual forces, not just in Europe, but globally, towards achieving harmony between humankind and nature.

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  • Turkish Airlines won the 2019 Cargo Airline of the Year Award at the Air Cargo News Awards held in London, UK.[13]

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  • A group of Turkish and Chinese Christian evangelical explorers revealed, on 27 April 2010, that the wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are likely the remains of Noah's Ark. The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat.[14]

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  • Ministry of Justice of Turkey won the 2016 WSIS Prize for their program titled e-National Judicial System, which has been developed in order to ensure a fast, reliable, soundly operated and accurate judicial system.[15]
  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, signed a $22bn deal on Turkey’s second nuclear plant project on 3 May 2013 in the Black Sea province of Sinop.

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  • Turkish drama Winter Sleep, by Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, won the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Turkish pop music singer Sertab Erener won the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest for the song Everyway That I Can. It was the first Eurovision title for Turkey.[16]

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  • On 4 July 2012, Turkey's parliament passed legislation to keep doctors from performing unnecessary cesarean births after the government claimed some doctors were seeking to earn more money by pushing women into unnecessary surgery with potentially serious consequences.[17]

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  • Middle East Technical University of Turkey ranked 12th at the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2015.[18]

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  • A Turkish project titled Turkcell "Hello Hope” Mobile App for Integration of Syrian Refugees won an award at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017 in the Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity category.[19]

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  • Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey, won the prestigious Best Airline in Europe, Best Airline in Southern Europe and Best Business Class Catering awards in the 2013 World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show.

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  • Tansu Çiller was Turkey's first female Prime Minister. She was in the office of Prime Minister from 25 June 1993 to 7 March 1996.

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  • The Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex, including a school, library and market, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Built by the famous Mimar Sinan in the 16th Century it is one of the grandest achievements in Islamic architecture. The square mosque, dominating Edirne's skyline; include an octagonal supporting system created through eight pillars incised in a square shell of walls with four semi domes, decorated by Iznik tiles and stands as a marvel of Sinan's genius to create a harmonic interior from the conformity of geometric shapes.[20]

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  • Turkish director Erdem Tepegöz’s social drama The Particle (Zerre) won the Golden George for Best Film at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival on 29 June 2013.[21]

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  • Göbekli Tepe, a site that presents monumental circular and rectangular megalithic structures, in Turkey was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List on 1 July 2018.[22]

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  • Turkey on 4 July 2018 signed an association agreement with Sudan aiming to boost trade volume between the two countries to $2 billion.

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  • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on 9 July 2017 inscribed Aphrodisias archaeological site in southwestern Turkey as the World Heritage site.[23]

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  • Turkish musician Kudsi Ergüner was named UNESCO Artist for Peace on 10 July 2016 at a ceremony held in Istanbul.[24]

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  • Turkish students won one gold, three silver and two bronze medals in the prestigious 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Cape Town, South Africa.[25]

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  • İlayda and Ezgi from Turkey received the prestigious Google Community Impact Award for Europe on 18 July 2016 for their idea of an affordable way to retrofit local buildings in their community with an easily available material: aluminium cans.

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  • Scientists in Turkey in collaboration with the researchers at the University of Hawaii have cloned a colony of rabbits that glow bright green in the dark, as revealed on 8 August 2013. The overall goal of the experiment is to introduce a beneficial gene into female rabbits, then to collect the protein made in the milk produced by the female rabbits. This approach could lead to new and competitively efficient ways to produce medicines.[26]

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  • Sprinter Ramil Guliyev secured Turkey their first ever gold medal in the men’s 200m final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

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  • Melisa Cakmakli of Turkey won gold in women's 44kg Judo event at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

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  • Taha Akgul of Turkey won Men's Freestyle 125 kg Wrestling gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Turkish female athlete Nazmiye Muslu won gold medal in the Women's-40 kg Powerlifting at the London Paralympics on 30 August 2012 and broke her own world record with 109.0 kg lift.[27]

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  • Turkish photographer Bülent Kiliç won the Visa d'Or for News, the most prestigious award at the Visa Pour L'Image Festival in Perpignan, southwestern France on 5 September 2015 for his work on Syrian Refugees at the Turkish border.

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  • Turkish tennis player Ipek Soylu and Jil Belen Teichmann of Switzerland claimed the title in the Junior Women's Double Final at the 2014 U.S. Open, landing a historic first Grand Slam for Turkish tennis.[28]

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  • Turkish film director Reha Erdem won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize for the film KOCA DÜNYA (BIG BIG WORLD) at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on 10 September 2016.

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  • Turkey and Moldova on 11 September 2014 signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) lifting custom duties each country imposes on goods from the other. The agreement deemed as mutually beneficial and will promote mutual growth of exports, investment and strengthening trade and economic ties between the countries.

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  • Kaan Terzioglu, CEO, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. Turkey, was recognised as a 2017 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pioneer by the United Nations Global Compact for supporting refugees through mobile technology.[29]

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  • A giant poolside mosaic featuring intricate geometric patterns has been unearthed in southern Turkey, revealing the far-reaching influence of the Roman Empire at its peak, as revealed on 17 September 2012 by Michael Hoff, a University of Nebraska, Lincoln art historian and director of the mosaic excavation.

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  • Turkish environmentalist Hayrettin Karaca on 27 September 2012 won the Swedish Right Livelihood Award, honoring those who work to improve the lives of others, for a lifetime of tireless advocacy and support for the protection and stewardship of our natural world, combining successful entrepreneurship with effective environmental activism.

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  • Turkish archaeologists believe they may have discovered the remains of St. Nicholas — from whom the legend of Santa Claus emerged — beneath a church at his birthplace in southern Turkey, as revealed on 5 October 2017.

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  • The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 was jointly awarded to Aziz Sancar of Turkey, Tomas Lindahl of Sweden and Paul Modrich of the USA for mechanistic studies of DNA repair.[30]

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  • Turkey and Mongolia on 11 October 2013 signed an agreement that lifted visa requirements between the countries for their citizens for no more than 30 days.[31]

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  • The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006 is awarded to the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures. It was the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Turkish citizen.[32]

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  • Psychology student and occasional interpreter Asena Melisa Saglam of Turkey was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.
  • Turkish promotional poster of Pamukkale, a natural site in Denizli Province, was announced as the winner of the 2011 Vettor Giusti Tourism Poster Competition under the European region category at the 19th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The competition is held every two years on the occasion of the UNWTO General Assembly and is an opportunity for member states to promote their destinations around the world.[33]

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  • Turkey successfully launched a communications satellite, named Türksat-4B, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 16 October 2015.

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  • Turkey launched a project to support increasing access of women to economic opportunities in Turkey, with support from Sweden and the World Bank, on 22 October 2013. The purpose of the project is briefly to contribute to the ongoing efforts by the government to improve women’s access to more and better jobs by (i) strengthening evidence-based policy making; (ii) facilitating knowledge sharing and raising awareness; and (iii) supporting the piloting of women cooperatives.[34]

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  • Turkey was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the Western European region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Turkey on 29 October 2013 unveiled a three-billion-euro rail link under the Bosphorous to link the Asian and European sides of Istanbul. Turkey is for the first time connecting its European and Asian sides with this railway tunnel, completing a plan initially proposed by Ottoman sultan Abdoul Medjid about 150 years ago.
  • Turkey celebrates Independence Day on October 29 following the Turkish War of Independence in 1923. On October 29, 1923 the Republic of Turkey was established.

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  • Turkish and Italian scientists discovered and described a new species of scorpion, Euscorpius lycius, coming from the area of ancient Lycia, nowadays the regions of the Muğla and Antalya Provinces in Southwestern Turkey. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys on 8 November 2013.[35]

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  • The Blue Stream gas pipeline, for the transport of gas from Russia to Turkey, was officially inaugurated on November 17, 2005. It was opened as the deepest underwater pipeline in the world.

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  • The Dallas Museum of Art has returned an ancient piece of mosaic to Turkish officials after learning that the piece was likely looted from an archaeological site. It was returned to Turkish officials at a ceremony on 3 November 2012 in Dallas.[36]

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  • Azra Akın from Turkey won the 52nd Miss World pageant at the age of 20 on December 7, 2002. Azra became the first ever representative from Turkey to win the Miss World title.[37]

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  • Gaziantep of Turkey was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Gastronomy category.[38]

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  • The Eurasia Tunnel, the first ever road tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, was officially opened on 20 December 2016. The Eurasia Tunnel will reduce the travel time between Kazlıçeşme and Göztepe in Istanbul from 100 minutes to 15 minutes.
  • Scientists from Turkey, England and the Netherlands have discovered the oldest recorded stone tool ever to be found in Turkey, revealing that humans passed through the gateway from Asia to Europe much earlier than previously thought, approximately 1.2 million years ago. Their study was published in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews on 20 December 2014.[39]

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  • Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic received Time Magazine’s prestigious Best Wire Photographer of 2014 award with his stunning shots in a busy year full of events in Turkey.[40]

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  • A 5,000 year-old underground city has been discovered in the Nevşehir province of Turkey’s Central Anatolia region. A series of ruins that contain buildings, hidden churches and water channels was found in the previously unknown ancient city, as reported on 30 December 2014.[41]

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