Turkey is located in the Middle East. 97% of the country (Anatolia) lies in Asia and 3% (Thrace) is in Europe.
Population: 81 million
Ethnic Groups: Turkish - 80%, Kurdish - 20%
Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages
Religions: Muslim - 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other - 0.2%
TURKISH IN TORONTO
In Canada: 43,695
In the GTA: 14,975
In the City of Toronto: 7,470
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Richmond Hill, Vaughan, King, Mississauga, City of Toronto (North York and Toronto York)
Kurds, which comprise slightly less than one-fifth of Turkey's population, have long struggled for ethnic recognition. Conflicts between Kurds and the government claimed over 30,000 lives since the early 1980s, but the intensity of these conflicts was significantly reduced in 1999. Legal reforms in the early 2000s also improved life for Kurds. The vast majority of the Turkish population is Muslim, but there has been great disagreement between the Islamists and secularists about the role of religion in government and the public sphere. There is freedom of religion, but this is sometimes not upheld (for example, several Christian evangelists who converted from Islam have been legally tried for the crime of "insulting Turkishness.")
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