Map of Turkey
Show map of Turkey. Map of Turkey (Western Asia - Asia) to print. Map of Turkey (Western Asia - Asia) to download. The country of Turkey occupies an area of 783,562 km², compared it is more than twice the size of Germany or slightly smaller than the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana combined as its shown in the map of Turkey. Turkey has a population of 78,741,000 inhabitants (in 2015), the largest city is Istanbul, the national capital is Ankara, spoken languages are Turkish (official), Kurdish, and Arabic.
The name of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye) can be divided into two components: the ethnonym Türk and the abstract suffix –i(y)e meaning "owner", "land of" or "related to" (derived from the Arabic suffix –iyya or Greek and Latin suffixes –ia). The first recorded use of the term "Türk" or "Türük" as an autonym is contained in the Orkhon inscriptions of the Göktürks (Celestial Turks) of Central Asia (c. 8th century) as its mentioned in the map of Turkey. The English name Turkey first appeared c. 1369. It is derived from the Medieval Latin Turchia, meaning "Land of the Turks", which was originally used by the Europeans to define the Seljuk-controlled parts of Anatolia after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071; increasingly in common use starting with the Crusades.
Turkey has fostered close cultural, political and economic relations with the Middle East, Caucasus, the Turkic states of Central Asia and the African countries through membership in organisations such as the Turkic Council, Joint Administration of Turkic Arts and Culture, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Economic Cooperation Organisation as you can see in the map of Turkey. Turkey growing economy and diplomatic initiatives have led to its recognition as a regional power.
Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage. Turkey has become increasingly integrated with the West through membership in organisations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, OSCE and the G-20 major economies as its show in the map of Turkey. Turkey began full membership negotiations with the European Union in 2005, having been an associate member of the European Economic Community since 1963 and having joined the EU Customs Union in 1995.
Turkey official language is Turkish, a Turkic language, which is spoken by approximately 85% of the population as mother tongue. The most numerous ethnic group is the Turks, who constitute between 70% and 75% of the population according to The World Factbook as its mentioned in the map of Turkey. Kurds are the largest ethnic minority and, according to the same source, number around 18% of the population while other ethnic minorities are estimated to be at 7–12%. The vast majority of the population is Muslim.