Chapter 10: Turkey
Turkey is a transcontinental country and an emerging, large market economy. It extends sufficiently far east to occupy all of Anatolia in Western Asia and in its western extremity straddles the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus or Istanbul Strait into geographical East Thrace, Southeastern Europe. Its land mass is roughly rectangular in shape, about 1500 kilometres long and averaging about 500 kilometres wide. Home to a population of 76 million, Turkey therefore has a relatively low population density, at about 97 persons per square kilometre. Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia has throughout recorded history conferred great strategic importance upon it – economic, political and military. In 1945 Turkey joined with other founding countries to form the United Nations. Its 1952 accession to membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) raised its political and military clout; and in 1960 it was a founding signatory to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ratifying its membership in August 1961. Turkey is an upper middle-income country with a per capita income of about US$18 000 as measured by purchasing power parity.
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