The Republic of Turkey, is in eastern Europe and actually sits on two continents, Europe and Asia.
- Turkey is a collectivist culture.
- This means that the "we" is important. People belong in groups and look after each other.
- Harmony has to be maintained.
- Turkey's society is feminine.
- This means that the dominant values in this society focus on caring for others and life quality.
- Conflict in this kind of society is avoided, and if there are conflicts it is important for the conflict to end with both parties in agreement.
- Leisure and family time are important in a feminine society.
- Turkey is ambiguity intolerant.
- This type of society has a great need for laws and rules.
- They utilize a number of rituals to minimize anxiety.
- You can find a large percent of the population referencing Allah in their daily conversations, used in tradition this also helps to ease tension.
- Turkish culture is also high power distance. It is dependent, and hierarchical.
- Superiors are often inaccessible.
- The ideal boss is the father figure.
- Family structure is often the same way. The father is the patriarch, to which others submit.
- The Nazar, or "evil eye" is a tradition deeply embedded into Turkish culture.
- A blue glass eye made into trinkets are used to ward off the negative energy of someone's eye envying you.
- Blues eyes hold the strongest negative energy, so having a blue glass one will cancel out the negative vibes.
- Turkish oil wrestling is another tradition that is usually done at festivities.
- Two men douse themselves with oil and wrestle until the loser is declared (when the naval faces the sky).
One stereotype that Americans have of Turkey is that people in Turkey ride camels.
Camels are not native to Turkey. Any camels that are in the country have been brought in for tourist attractions, but their numbers are few.
Another American stereotype about the Turkish are that all they eat are Kebabs. While they do eat them, Turkish cuisine covers a wide variety. Every thing from flat breads filled with all kinds of things, to delicious pastries.
One of the main crisis facing Turkey today is the value of their money is dropping. The Turkish 'dollar' is called a Lira. The lira has dropped in value against the dollar 45% since the beginning of the year.
Turkey's growth rate keeping pace with China's. The population increase, construction boom, and soaring debt all play a part in Turkey's monetary crisis.
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