United States compared to Turkey

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make 63.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Turkey Turkey ($21,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Turkey, the GDP per capita is $21,100.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - GDP Per Capita

pay 11.6% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Turkey Turkey (35% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Turkey, the top marginal tax rate is 35%.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Tax Rate

live 5 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Turkey Turkey (74.8 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Turkey, the average life expectancy is 74.8 years.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Life Expectancy

consume 78.7% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Turkey Turkey (2,578 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Turkey, that number is 2,578 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Electricity Consumption

have 28% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Turkey Turkey (16 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Turkey, that number is 16 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Birth Rate

be 11.9% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Turkey Turkey (16.9% of people - 2010 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Turkey, that number is 16.9% of people.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Poverty Line

be 3.1 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Turkey Turkey (18.2 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Turkey, on the other hand, 18.2 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Infant Mortality

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Turkey Turkey (9.8% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Turkey, that number is 9.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Unemployment

see 63.9% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Turkey Turkey (7,200 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Turkey, that number is 7,200 km.
Category: United States vs. Turkey - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey.


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A brief history of Turkey

Turkey is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 783,562 sq km. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, KGK and the Turkish Government agreed to a ceasefire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

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