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Old 4th March 2012, 01:19 PM
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To Live :
Youthful energy is everywhere
Dynamic country, things get done here
People are eager to learn and improve themselves
You can find many people who care about you genuinely
Extremely strong family bonds
Very strong friendship bonds
Living in Turkey is an art, not a science. You will be happy if you know what to do as well as what not to do
People are hardworking
People are helpful
People are -extremely- helpful is you are sincere and respectful
System rewards hard work, reasonable taxes, flexable labor law etc
Little or none inheritence tax
Wonderful weather
Wonderful geography
Four seasons
Easy access to over 50 countries by a 5 hour flight
Live Asia as well as Europe. This is euroasia.
Istanbul offers good shopping, many restaurants and 24x7 nightlife
Istanbul offers enormous cultural events,
Istanbul is cosmopolitan
Private health care is better than in most developed countries
Private schools are better than in most developed countries
Turkish private sector is highly efficient and competitive
Rule of law plus WTO, NATO, G20, OECD memberships
Istanbul has little street crime, be smart and you should be safe
Southern Turkey is gorgeous
Turkish food is wonderful
Turkish society is outward looking, you will easily be accepted as a member/citizen
Citizenship is possible if you live more than five years
Bosphorus is gorgeous
The cost of living is quite reasonable
Turkey will be much stronger, economically developed 30 years later
Turks like to have fun
Turkey is intensely colorful (not boring at all)
Turkey is culturally non-homogenous (can be VERY interesting)
Paradise for archeology and history lovers
Turkish can be learned in one full year, if serious effort is put in

Not to Live :
Islamification
Ruling party killed free press and freedom of political expression
Traffic can be dangerous, defensive driving is a must
Traffic jams can be overwhelming in big cities
People go nuts in traffic, they get rude and sometimes hostile
No sufficient green spaces and parks in cities
Cities are not properly planned and look like piles of concrete
Living in Turkey is an art, not a science. You will be unhappy if you do not know what to avoid.
Public health care is worse than all developed countries
Public education is worse than all developed countries
Not much professionalism on street level
The legal system works a bit slow
There is risk of ethnic terrorism
There is a certain lack of aesthetics in some aspects of life
Turkey will be more authoritarian 30 years later
Expect to wake up during the early morning prayer (especially if close to mosque)
Lots of stray dogs and cats everywhere
Conservative men of Turkey can not take women as their equal
In winter almost everywhere is muddy, no chance to walk with nice clothes
Lots and lots of construction everywhere, especially in Istanbul
Government (local and national) is corrupted
Turkey is intensely colorful (it has not so nice colors as well)
Turkey is culturally non-homogenous (can be tiring to deal with others)
Auto and fuel taxes are extremely high
Many people smoke (indoors smoking is forbidden)
Turkish people eat wrong (too much bread and sugary foods) and exercise little

note : written with honest and good will : no propaganda or smearing.

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As a Turkish I have been thinking about exactly the same points to decide to go back or not after finishing my PhD, and it is a hard decision :S

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As a Turkish I have been thinking about exactly the same points to decide to go back or not after finishing my PhD, and it is a hard decision :S
Yes, hard to decide. Turkey is getting more Islamic by the day as the secular system is being dismantled. On the other hand conservative people are getting more open minded. Add in the ethnic tensions and maybe you can try to figure things out with your degree.

I do hope that the sudden revival of the US oil industry (shale extraction) will change their foreign policy and Middle East will lose its importance. That should change many things for positive.

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Actually Turkey is a wonderful place to live and i can advice everybody to live in Turkey.

Everything is very cheap and standarts are going up day by day.

we are going to live in Turkey with my partner as soon as we got married in the uk.

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the first message is rıght about turkey .

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I would agree with every point made for and against

But on a 'personal' level...speaking as an EU citizen living in Turkey in hindsight I am sorry I never created my reasons 'not to live' list... oh so blinded by love! hehehe
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According to me,Turkey is essentially an Islamic country, Islam plays an important role in the lives of women.
A package called "Democratization of the family" is a new law preposition awaiting parliamentary discussion and enactment and it will include changes in the position of women, some of which are as follows:

* The cancellation of former obligatory permission from their husbands for women to work.
* Equality in the case of adultery.
* In the case of divorce, equality in the sharing of belongings which were acquired after marriage.
That's why i want to live in Turkey.

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According to me,Turkey is essentially an Islamic country, Islam plays an important role in the lives of women.
A package called "Democratization of the family" is a new law preposition awaiting parliamentary discussion and enactment and it will include changes in the position of women, some of which are as follows:

* The cancellation of former obligatory permission from their husbands for women to work.
* Equality in the case of adultery.
* In the case of divorce, equality in the sharing of belongings which were acquired after marriage.
That's why i want to live in Turkey.
yes turkey ıs an ıslamıc country but as you saıd ıt doesnt so much ımpact on peoples life. you are wrong . ı thınk you have never been to turkey before . turkey ıs a more modern country than the other ıslamıc countrıes and alot of people are actıve ın work

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Any list such as this is subjective. The people I know who are (like me) happy to be living in Turkey accept it as it is, and for us the positives far outweigh the negatives. Those I know who are not happy are always wanting things to be done the way they were "back home".
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Traffic:
Driving on the high way in a taxi in Istanbul. 4 lanes each side. All of a sudden, traffic is comig towards us on our 4 lanes. For repair work they need to close one side, so they shiftet traffic to the other side, with no warning on our side from upcoming traffic...
Anywhere else this would be mass killing. In Turkey it seems you expect the unexpected

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