10 Interesting facts about Turkey and the Turkish language

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Turkey and the Turkish language, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. Over 63 million people speak Turkish and besides Turkey are from Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, the US, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, the UK and more.
  • 2. The first known inscriptions of Turkish, the Orkhon inscriptions from ~700 AD, were discovered in modern day Mongolia.
  • 3. Turkey receives about 30 million visitors or tourists per year, the 6th highest worldwide, behind France, the US, China, Spain and Italy, but more than the UK, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Thailand or Hong Kong.  Is also growing faster than any of the countries ahead of it.
  • 4. The Turks first introduced coffee to Europe and gave the Dutch their tulips.
  • 5. Turkey produces 70% of the world’s hazelnuts.
  • 6. Turkish carpets and rugs are recognized for their high quality craftsmanship, with historical records showing the tradition has been in places since at least 7000 BC.
  • 7. Is loaded with historical legends, including Mount Ararat for Noah’s Ark, King Midas, Homer for the Odyssey and Iliad, Aesop for Aesop’s Fables, female goddess such as Cybele, churches and other architecture in Ephesus, Anatolia, Izmir, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Alasehir and Laodicea.
  • 8. Cuisine in Turkey is based on the region you’re in.  The west coast including Istanbul and Izmir use lighter spices and a wider variety of fish or seafood.  The Black Sea Region includes lots of fish, anchovies and maize dishes.  The southeast areas of Urfa, Gaziantep and Adana are known for kebabs, mezes and dough based desserts.
  • 9. While you may not find quite as many happy hours as in let’s say, Ireland, you still won’t have to go very far and finding a few people enjoying a Raki or two.  Otherwise you can wet your palate with Ayran (a salty yogurt drink), Salgam Suyu (hot turnip juice), Boza (millet wine with cinnamon for winter months), Sahlep (wild orchid roots and cinnamon) and hundreds of different types of tea.
  • 10. Istanbul is the only city worldwide located on two continents, has been the capital for the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.  Visit the Grand Bazaar while there, a 540 year old shopping mall spanning 64 streets and 4,000 shops.

Have your own networks with others in Turkey

If you regularly share content or work with people in Turkey, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Turkish, Greek, Romanian and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Turkey, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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