(Excerpts from goturkey.com)
Republic of Turkey
Date of Foundation
October 29, 1923
Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya
Eastern Meridians 26° and 45° and Northern Parallels 36° and 42°
Mediterranean Sea in the south, Aegean Sea in the west and Black Sea in the north
The official language is Turkish. English is widely spoken in major cities.
TL (Turkish Lira) 1 Euro approximately equals to 2, 30 Turkish Liras.
GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7
The workweek in Turkey runs from Monday to Friday. Banks, government offices and majority of corporate offices open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM.
There are two types of public holiday in Turkey: Those fall on the same day each year; and the religious festivals which change according to the lunar calendar and, therefore, fall on different dates each year.
1 January, 23 April, 1 May, 19 May, 30 August, 28 & 29 October
Eid (Ramadan): 8-11 September 2010
Eid (Fitr-Kurban): 15-19 November 2010
Visas are easily obtained upon arrival to the airport and are required for citizens of most countries.
220V. European standard round two-pin sockets.
Cities and major touristic towns have a selection of private international and public hospitals with good standards.
As with many Mediterranean nations Turkish food is very healthy, fresh and enjoyable.
Tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink. However, it is recommended that you consume bottled water, which is readily and cheaply available.
Turkey has three GSM operators, with all of them offering 3G services and almost over 95% coverage over the country. Internet service is available all around the country.
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