The Republic of Turkey
Population: 57 million
GNP/capita: 1 961$.USA
Area: 779 452 sq km
Form of government: Republic
Location: Asia Minor
Official. language: Turkish
DOS. exports: textiles, metal products,chemicals, leather, agricultural products,tobacco
DOS. the imports: petroleum, machinery, chemicals, metals, vehicles
A dark suit is mandatory at business meetings. It is difficult to make a precise program of meetings. Especially in Istanbul decided to be late for an hour. Check that the hotel reservation is in order. Leadership style - authoritarian. It is all about the family-owner. Many of the Turkish young businessmen and officials speak French, English and German. The Turks know very well the level of world prices.Organization loans is often the deciding factor. The Turkish government is the largest purchaser of goods. Since the delivery time is always very short, You definitely need to have a local agent. The Turks consider themselves Europeans, because not convince them that they are in the middle East. Also, avoid talking about the internal politics of the country and its relations with neighbouring countries. Before every negotiation talk first over a Cup of coffee. Turks are very hospitable and friendly. Useful right to choose a friend. If I invite Turk to the sauna, cook for him melting. Public events are European. You will be treated to several delicious Lunches and dinners. Turks compete with the Dutch for the title of most voracious in Europe. The alcohol is used moderately. Drunkenness does not approve. If You meet the wife of Your partner, greet her by the hand. For lunch you can invite a partner with his wife, if You met earlier. In Turkey the Turks 98% of the population. The same Muslims who think freely enough. Of course, they observe the Muslim tradition, but tolerant to inkoverlay. Remember, shoes should be removed upon entering the mosque. Try not to be arrogant.
Alcohol becomes popular. Already not condemned in the major cities. Drunks do not like.
Family , weather , politics, sports, economy, EU, fundamentalism, the changes in Turkey in the 80-ies.
Do not forget to thank, it is recommended to Express gratitude in writing.
99% of Muslims. Religious feelings are not emphasized in business.
Becoming more accepted , now it's almost a necessity.
The elderly are treated with respect, it is difficult to determine the age of local residents.
About the time a vague idea. It is difficult to draw beforehand the exact program. Working time: Monday-Friday 9-18.00, Saturday 9-13.00. Banks: 9-12.00 .00 14-16, Saturday 9-12.00. Stores: 9-18.00, Saturday 9-13.00.
1 Turkish Lira= 100 Kurush.
Occurs easily. Consider the choice of friends! Correct would be to select friends from members of the same social stratum.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Not yet occupy a prominent place, but are planned developments.
Treatment of animals the ordinary. Cats and dogs are found everywhere, including in restaurants.
European. An appeal by name.
ALIENS / ATTITUDE
Positive. Never behave arrogantly, Turkey has ancient cultural traditions.
Turks are very polite and well behaved.
Taken anywhere. In Vogue to quit Smoking.
Authoritarian. The firm often is family owned.
Often by name.
As is customary in Western business.
FOOD / CUSTOMS
Not very civilized in comparison with Western countries. Breakfast is usually from 7 to 9.00, lunch 12-14.00, dinner with family at home in 20-2B.00.
Decided to give good friends for the New year.
Good friend, for example, a bottle of whiskey.
In the conventional Europe form.
Is rarely seen. Especially in Istanbul, an hour late is considered normal.
A WORK / SPARE TIME
Offices/banks: 9-12.00 and 13.30 - 17.00. Enterprise 8-10.00 and 18.00-20.00. Stores: 9-19.00. Saturday and Sunday -- weekend.
Meals in restaurants and hotel.
SEATING AT THE TABLE
On the Western model.
Love kids, family is an important unit of society.
Star and Crescent, and Ataturk.
Local, Turkish women.
Vegetables, lamb, olive oil. Mezzeh — appetizer of 20 types of treats. Presented in international cuisine.
Football and other sports in acceptable weather conditions framework.
The color of the flag: red and white.
If You are invited home, take a bouquet of flowers for the hostess. It is also customary to send flowers in advance, especially if for any reason You can't make it. For a wedding or celebration give beautiful compositions.
13 is an unlucky number.
It is customary to give a 5-10% excess of the account. Service charge included in the bill.
In the business of life — English and German. The older generation speaks French.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
Of course the Turks consider themselves Europeans. Their strong sense of national identity should not be underestimated. National holidays - 23.4 and 29.10.