9 Facts About Turkey

1. History of Judaism in Turkey goes back to the Romaniote Jews of Anatolia who have been present since at least the 5th century BC.

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2. In 2013 there were 98 airports in Turkey, including 22 international airports.

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3. In the 2016 Global Peace Index, Turkey ranked 145th out of 163 countries in the world, mainly because of its "increasingly strained relations with its neighbors", according to Forbes.

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4. In recent years, Turkey has assisted Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq and the Somali Armed Forces with security and training.

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5. In 2012 Turkey became a dialogue partner of the SCO, and in 2013 became a member of the ACD.

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6. On 26 June 1945, Turkey became a charter member of the United Nations.

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7. All of modern-day Turkey was conquered by the Persian Achaemenid Empire during the 6th century BC.

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8. The European part of Turkey, called Eastern Thrace, has been inhabited since at least forty thousand years ago, and is known to have been in the Neolithic era by about 6000 BC.

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9. The modern spelling "Turkey" dates back to at least 1719.

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