2009-08-19 16:42 BJT

Special Report: Asia Pacific |

County Profile

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Turkey Flag

A treasure of history, a melting pot of civilizations and cultures.

The variety and beauty of its landscape and climate attracts tourists to its beaches, mountains, plains and valleys.

A dynamic nation of 72 million people with average age of 28

Committed to democracy and pluralism

A multi-party parliamentary democracy since 1946.

A secular democracy among more than 50 republics with predominantly Moslem population.

A free market economy

Free and privately-owned media, with 16 nation-wide private TV Networks, broadcasting through two Turkish communication satellites.

A member of NATO since 1952, Turkey is a part of the EU Customs Union since 1996, a candidate country to the EU since 1999 that started accession negotiations in October 2005.

Strategically placed

A physical and culturel bridge between Europe and Asia, in the heart of Eurasia, bordering 12 nations and four seas.

An outlet for the Black Sea basin countries to warm seas through the Turkish Straits.

A significant contributor to the development of the newly independent states of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

A prospective energy terminal of export of Caspian oil and natural gas.