Timeless Travels Magazine - - TURKEY -

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT + 2

Lan­guage: The of­fi­cial lan­guage is Turk­ish, and while English is widely spo­ken in the cap­i­tal and coastal re­sorts, it may be less widely spo­ken in the coun­try ar­eas.

Dress: By con­trast with cos­mopoli­tan Is­tan­bul and the coastal re­sorts along the Aegean and Mediter­ranean, dress in eastern Tur­key re­mains mod­est and con­ser­va­tive. Trav­ellers should re­spect lo­cal sen­si­tiv­i­ties and avoid wear­ing shorts and sleeve­less tops. Women should dress ap­pro­pri­ately and cover their heads when en­ter­ing mosques.

Elec­tri­cal cur­rent/ plugs: 220 AC volts. Plugs are rounded two-pronged va­ri­ety.

Re­li­gion: Con­sti­tu­tion­ally, Tur­key is a sec­u­lar coun­try, but over 98% of the Turk­ish pop­u­la­tion is nom­i­nally Mus­lim. Chris­tians (prin­ci­pally Greek Ortho­dox and Syr­iac Ortho­dox) and Sephardic Jews com­prise the tiny re­main­ing mi­nor­ity.

Wa­ter: It is safe to drink the tap wa­ter (and safe to use it for teeth clean­ing) but it is rec­om­mended to buy bot­tled wa­ter.

Pol­i­tics: The Re­pub­lic of Tur­key has a sec­u­lar, par­lia­men­tary democ­racy. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter, Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, was elected Pres­i­dent in Au­gust 2014 in Tur­key's first di­rect pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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