ISTANBUL POPULATION: 12.5 million

TURKEY POPULATION (2008, est.): 72 million

NUMBER OF COMPANIES IN THE CITY: 271,826

LARGEST COMPANIES: Koc Holding, Sabanci Holding, Enka, Turkiye Is Bankasi, Eczacibasi and Turkcell.

ISTANBUL’S SHARE OF TURKEY’S GDP:
20 percent

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 11.4 percent

WORKFORCE: Four million in Istanbul, 22.9 million in Turkey.

MAJOR TURKISH INDUSTRIES:Apparel, textiles, foodstuffs, metal and transport equipment.

TURKEY EXPORTS (2007, est.): $115.3 billionIstanbul accounts for 41 percent of Turkey’s total exports.

TURKEY IMPORTS (2007, est.): $162.1 billion

- Turkey is located between southeasternEurope and southwestern Asia, bordering the Black Sea between Bulgaria and Georgia and bordering the Aegean Sea and Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Syria. Other border countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iranand Iraq.

SOURCES: Istanbul Municipality, CIA World Fact Book

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