So – you’re thinking of coming to Turkey.
Moving to a foreign country can be a rattling decision at best. From the people, to the facilities to the culture: there’s a lot you need to consider before making the final decision. For those of you with your sights set on Turkey, in today’s post we’ve got you covered. From the delicious food to the unique work opportunities, read on to find out all you need to know before setting foot on the land of the Turks.
Turkey, formally known as the Republic of Turkey, is a vibrant country located partly in Asia and partly in Europe. It has served as both bridge and barrier between the continents for eons. The capital of the country is Ankara and the major religion is Islam. The Republic of Turkey was founded by Mustafa Kamal Ataturk (known as their founding father) after winning the country’s liberation war in 1923.
Turkey is a land of color. It is a dazzling mix of cultures influenced heavily by the Ottoman Empire, the Greeks and the West. The people are extremely friendly and guests are welcomed with open arms. The beautiful destination welcomes 25 million tourists into the land every year.
The Turkish consider a stranger arriving on their doorstep as a guest from God – this small act itself is witness to the people’s incredible hospitality. Visitors and expats who live there easily find themselves making Turkish friends and experience warm hospitality from the locals.
In terms of religion Turkey is a fiercely secular state. The predominant religion among the people however is Islam. All Islamic traditions such as fasting in the holy month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-fitr are celebrated there. It is customary to greet people with a firm handshake when meeting; friends and family are greeted with one or two kisses on the cheek.
Many visitors have gone to Turkey to spend a single summer and have returned with an all-consuming desire to return there. Fortunately, the Turkish government has become more welcoming towards foreigners over the years and many people are being able to gain legal work permits in the beautiful country.
Generally, foreigners can’t work in places like hospitals, legal offices, trades, etc. However, there are still numerous options in terms of work:
Turkey is an extraordinary country to live in. Whether you’re going there to work, or simply going to visit, one thing is for sure: your heart will be set on coming back time and time again.
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