Following the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey was established in 1923. This is a cross-cultural country that spans the division between the European and Asian continents and controls the entrance to the Black Sea.
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Two-thirds of Turkey's population is ethnically Turkish. You may think you're rather unfamiliar with this culture but, if nothing else, you've likely eaten some of the foods, such as kebab, baklava, and Turkish delight. Life in modern day Turkey largely revolves around Istanbul, which is the third largest city in Europe, after Moscow and Paris. As in much of the world, industry and service sectors dominate Turkey's economy but traditional agriculture still accounts for a quarter of Turkey's employment.
Politically, Turkey has had difficulty. There is concern about the government's treatment of the large Kurdish minority and other problems with authoritarian policies. Military coups occurred in 1960, 1971, 1980, and 1997. More recently, alongside its attempts to join the EU, Turkey has shown improvement in human rights policies and economic measures.
Read more about life in Turkey:
The World Factbook: Turkey
National Geographic: Turkey Facts