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Officially known as the Republic of Turkey, it is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia and Thrace (Rumelia) in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight other countries.

The Turkish Armed Forces is the second largest standing armed force in NATO, after the U.S. Armed Forces.

The biggest city and the pre-Republican capital Ä°stanbul is the financial, economic and cultural heart of the country.

The tourism sector has experienced rapid growth in the last twenty years, and constitutes an important part of the economy. In 2008, there were 30,929,192 visitors to the country, who contributed 21.9 billion USD to Turkey's revenues

Other key sectors of the Turkish economy are banking, construction, home appliances, electronics, textiles, oil refining, petrochemical products, food, mining, iron and steel, machine industry and automotive.

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Country Population: 72,334,256
Country Capital: Ankara
Country Currency: Turkish lira

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