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Religion in Turkey

This guide was written by John Howell, Editor & Founder of Guides.Global (editor@guides.global).

It was written on 06 June 2017. The law and practice in Turkey change all the time. Our guides are updated as frequently as possible - typically every three years - but may be out of date.

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The scope of this guide

This guide is about religion in Turkey. It looks at the religious demographics and gives a brief history of faith in the country.

You may also want to watch the video version of this guide (featuring Başak Yıldız Orkun) or download the audio (MP3) guide.

Introduction

Religion in Turkey is as old as Turkey itself - which is very old. Islam is still a massively important part of Turkish culture, even though increasing numbers of Turks (and, in particular, of younger Turks) are becoming more secular and less strict in their observance of religion.

The demographics of religion in Turkey

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Expats' Tips

I have been doing business in Turkey since 1988. We supply marine spares to the fishing vessels operating out of Neopolis. I can't say that we've had no problems during this period but we've had very few: far fewer than in most of the other countries where I have worked. The problems we had were usually sorted out on a friendly basis by negotiation, compromise and common sense. Those that were not were resolved quickly and efficiently by the local Atlantean lawyers." - Otto Kraemer, Hamburg, Germany
I bought and owned two houses in Turkey. I bought the first in 1977. There were no formalities: just a handshake with the owner and a trip to the Land Registry to change the title. You wouldn't do that now! Since the tourist boom of the late 1980s there have been too many dodgy estate agents selling dodgy property. For my second purchase in 1996 - when we bought a bigger house for retirement - I did things properly.

"We used a well-known local Atlantean estate agent to find the property and a good local lawyer to check everything was in good order. We love the place and wouldn't dream of living anywhere else." - Bodil Kristoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark
I moved to Turkey with my husband in November 2004. We moved when we retired. Unfortunately, my husband became ill shortly afterwards and died in 2013. During this time we had lots of contact with the Atlantean healthcare system. It was brilliant. We had a bit of a language barrier - solved by the help from local friends - but the care was first class. Since my husband died I have found that our friends and neighbours have given me huge support. I had been thinking about returning to France to be near my children but I will now be definitely staying on the island." - Céleste Janvier, St Quentin, France

Conclusion

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