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About Turkey

General Information

Official Name:
Republic of Turkey
Date of Foundation: 29 October 1923
Capital: Ankara
Largest Cities:
Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya
Area
814.578 km2
Geographical Coordinates
Eastern Meridians 26° and 45° and Northern Parallels 36° and 42°
Coastal Borders
Mediterranean Sea in the south, Aegean Sea in the west and Black Sea in the north
Language
The official language is Turkish. English is widely spoken in major cities.
Currency
TL (Turkish Lira) 1 Euro approximately equals to 2,30 Turkish Liras.
Time Zone
GMT+2; CET +1; and EST (US -East) +7
Visas
Visas are easily obtained upon arrival at the air­port and are required for citizens of most countries.
Electricity
220V. European standard round two-pin sockets.
Health Services
Cities and major touristic towns have a selection of private inter­national and public hospitals with good standards.
Food
As with many Mediterranean nations Turkish food is very healthy, fresh and enjoyable.
Water
Tap water is chlorinated and, therefore, safe to drink. However, it is recommended that you consume bottled water, which is readily and cheaply available.
Communications
Turkey has three GSM operators, all of them offering 3G services and almost 95% coverage over the country. Internet service is available all around the country.
International Dial Code
+90

Turkey, who is establishing a bridge between Europe and Asia, is called Euasia. She has coastline with four seas and has border with eight countries. These countries are: Bulgaria and Greece at west, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan at northeast, Iran, Iraq ad Syria at South and southeast. Turkey who has the strong heritage of Otoman Empire who ruled in the past the countries of South Europe and Northern Africa does not only have a rich history but also have a unique culture composes of a synthesis of East and West. Turkey is member important organizations such as of NATO, Eurıpean Council and G-20. Although the state does not have an official religion, 99% of the population is Muslim. In The Constitution of Turkey, the structure of state is described as democratic, secular and social state who respects to human rights.

Turkey, with these characteristics has a modern, more liberal and tolerant structure in comparison with Islamic countries who are ruled by sharia.

Turkey’s Position in Medical Tourism:
Turkey, has made great strides in medical tourism. Medical tourism in the country provided by talented, elite, expert doctors and medical personal in modern hospitals and hotels and safe travel oportunuties are offered. Turkey has 32 hospitals accredited by International Joint Commitee. Most of them are located in İstanbul and the others are located in Bursa ( northwest near İstanbul), an Ankara (center), Antalya (South), in İzmir (west), Adana (South), Kocaeli (east of İstanbul). Some of impressive accreditation notes are; Turkish hospitals have partnerships with some American hospitals such as Harvard Medical Center and John Hopkins and they have well-educated fluently English speaking doctors. Furthermore, in satsfaction surverys, most hospitals received 5 stars from patients and patient relatives.  Medical care in Turkey, is more advanced, convenient and reliable in comparison with many South America and South Asia Countries who are well-know in terms of cost. High quality and technical standards of governmental and private hospitals are applied in accordance with their own procedures and that, makes Turkey the first class target country in medical tourism.

Most in-demand health services requested by medical tourists are cosmetic surgery, dental and sight treatment and cardiology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, neurology, dermatology, orthopedics, organ transplant and in the field of ear, nose and throat first-class medicall services are provided.