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Modern Turks have a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman and Western cultures and traditions. These different historical factors are important in defining the modern Turkish identity. Recently, much of Western culture has also been influential, however, this is combined with the necessity felt to maintain traditional religious and historical values. There has always been a mix of different cultures in Turkey.

Demographically Turkey has a young population with half its residents under the age of 25. There has been an increasing amount of urbanisation as people from the countryside move into the large cities like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. It is now believed that over 60% of the population live in urban areas. 

Turkey is an Islamic nation stemming from the religion-based former Ottoman Empire. The majority of the population are Sunni Muslim, with an Alevi minority. Generally Turkish people are far more moderate in their religious beliefs then in the neighbouring countries of the Middle East. In the main cities and coastal resorts Turks view themselves as progressive. Most women dress in western fashion styles. Villages and other less developed parts of the country are more conservative and religious practices are strictly adhered to, to the extent that women typically choose to wear headscarves. There are mosques in every town and if you spend even a small amount of time in the Turkey, you will be sure to hear the call to prayer which occurs five times daily.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 December 2010 08:42 )  

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