The Things that Foreigners Should Know about Turkey and Turks

Turkey has realized a rapid growth towards the end of year 2003 after its remarkable moves in economic and commercial areas and with the government incentivizing the private sector, it has become an investment and a trade center.

Its capital city is Ankara. Ankara is a city of politics, culture and education. It offers an orderly life. The center of all official institutions of Turkey is in Ankara. The best universities of Turkey are found in Ankara. It has the lowest rate of criminal activities, even though it is a capital and it has a crowded population.

As we all know, Istanbul is a world trade center, per se. According to the official data, its population exceeds 14 million. Around 2 million foreign citizens live there. It is a bridge between  Asia and Europe. Almost all of the global companies have offices in Istanbul.

Turks are hospital people. Turkish society has unique characteristics. They do not remain silent when themselves or someone else is subjected to any wrongdoing. They are sensitive people. They adopt a family lifestyle and girls and boys live with their families until they get married.

Turks are modern Muslims and have a really strong faith. Mosques which are worshiping places are at the same time their social and traditional meeting points. During religious holidays, people visit their relatives in other cities and spend the holiday together. They like football very much and the most consumed alcoholic drink is Raki. Raki is a Turkish drink, and no matter how much it is consumed, it does not cause hangover and it gives a nice drunkenness sensation.

The cities of Turkey that border with the Mediterranean and the Agean sea are literally holiday paradises. In the Mediterranean region Alanya and in the Agean region Bodrum are the centers of entertainment. During the summer season, life continues nonstop for 24/7. Tourism is one of the biggest sources of income of Turkey. In 2014, 36 million tourists enjoyed holiday in Turkey.

There is a great number of universities which deliver high quality education in Turkey. The Middle East Technical University, Sabancı University, Bilkent University and Boğaziçi University are the top among those.

Turkey is a safe country, it has a very discipline police and military system. Police ensures safety in the cities and the military does so outside the cities and at the borders. Concepts such as bribery are outdated in Turkey. Its army is recognized as one of the most powerful armies of the world.

In its justice system, Turkey applies the Swiss Code of Obligations, the German Commercial Code and the Italian Code of Criminal Procedure. It has a bit complicated structure. However justice is always attributed.

The folks living in Turkey have no problem with each other and there has never been racism. In an incident between a Turk and a foreigner, Turks side for the right and the aggrieved one.

There is a strong democratic structure, people are totally free in choosing and maintaining their own life style and this is safeguarded under the Constitution.
1- Turks are extremely patriotic people, but not racist, Anatolian geography is homeland of Turks.

2- Turks are the most hospitable people in the world, they are so respectful and sincere against foreigners.

3- Turks follow country politics closely, the politics are so colourful in Turkey with an active opposition. Nevertheless, Turks have the final word in referendum.

4- Let’s just say that you are travelling with a car and your car broke down, there is a village ahead, you can invoke, there will be nobody who knows English or other foreign languages, but you will see the beautiful people who will open up their houses and who will use every means available to help you.

5- Turks are soccer freaks and hooligans. There are amazing football matchs in Istanbul six times in a year which are between the biggest teams of Turkey (local derby). You should watch the matches in stadium, so you will see the amazing synergy with thousands of supporters.

6- The Turks are benevolent people, no matter what comes your way in Turkey, the Turks will protect strangers, especially they’re so fragile against children.

7- The another issue that you will not see anywhere in the world is “Soldier Entertainment”. Turkish boys are conscripted when they come 20 years old and it’s obligatory. And, they organize special entertainment organizations at their last nights before joining army. It’s blessed to do military service between Turkish men and it’s too hard to get married if you haven’t completed your miltary service. Republic of Turkey lost about 50 thousand soldier and civil people bacause of pkk,isis,ypg and feto’s terrorist attacks. However, Turkish people organize entertainment nights while going into the army. This tradition dates 2000 years before and the oldest progressing tradition which have not spoiled.

8- Turkey is among the countries with the lowest crime rate according to the world average. The people who commit an offense (child and woman rape) which are indignant in societly, are punished by other people in prisons generally.

9-Turks are so addicted to soliders and policemen, you shouldn’t make any action which insults Turkish soldiers and policemen. Turkish policemen are usually patriotic people, they are respectful people, they do not have strong attitudes like USA and Europe. There is no torture in Turkey, the Turkish people see torture as a crime against humanity.

10-Turkish mafia is among the richest and relentless mafias of the world, but they don’t interested with illegal drug trade. The illegal drug trade is organized by terrorist organizations (pkk) in Turkey. The Turkish mafia settlement consists of nationalist people, so it’s reasons of war between mafia and terrorist organizations. In addition, Turkish mafia generally choose to surrender in order to kill police or soldiers in the event of a conflict.

11- There is no other nation who are addicted to the flag like Turks. If you disregard to the Turkish flag in everywhere in Turkey, most probably you will find yourself in a hospital. But, as a clue, if you carry a Turkish flag with you and if you feel to get into trouble, you can show your flag. You will see that is useful in wherever you are.

12- Turks are addicted to their mothers, wifes and girls. Unfortunately of this addiction, you can observe some adverse events sometimes. Most of the murders committed in Turkey are honor killings, and keep your sincerity at a certain level with married Turkish women. In your own country, a very welcome approach can lead to trouble in Turkey.
13- The Turks are crazy people, they don’t succeed loving and loved well. If a Turk falls in love with you, he/she will be like as a child and you cannot forget him/her throughout your life.

14- Turks are citizens of a modern country that has been in the history scene for many years, has built empires, demolished, and have a state tradition of 2000 years, also they are addicted to freedom. In 2013, millions of protesters who have gone out for reacting to government, and the protests had continued for months. Also, in January 15th of July at last year, a minority in Turkish Army tried to stage a coup and millions of people blocked this coup attempt with getting the jump on tanks. Turks do not like to interfere in their internal affairs by foreigners, so try to stay away from political issues as long as you stay in Turkey.

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