ISTANBUL POPULATION: 12.5 million
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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 billion Istanbul accounts for 41 percent of Turkey’s total exports.
TURKEY IMPORTS (2007, est.): $162.1 billion
– Turkey is located between southeastern Europe 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, Iran and Iraq.
SOURCES: Istanbul Municipality, CIA World Fact Book