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Turkey

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Population:

71,892,808 (2008)

Land area:

770,760 sq. km.

Capital:

Ankara (pop: 2,890,025; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Turkey ranked 94th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 17th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $5,521.47. Public debt accounts for 38.9 percent of total GDP, while 20 percent of Turks are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Turkish

Monkey's name:

Majmun (my-moon)

Fun fact:

About 22 percent of Turkey’s population are ethnic Kurds. Many Kurds have been pushing for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan linked with Kurdish populations in Iran and Iraq since the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. The Kurdish question remains a highly contentious one in Turkish and international politics.

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