18 Awesome Facts About Ankara

Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 18 facts about Ankara!

Geographical stats…

  1. Ankara is the capital city of Turkey.
  2. Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced An-kur-ruh.
  3. The total land area of Ankara is 971 square miles (2,516 square kilometres)…
  4. …that’s roughly 4 times the size of Greater Manchester.
  5. Ankara’s population was 4,750,000 in 2015…
  6. …that’s less than double the population of Greater Manchester…
  7. …that gives it a population density of around 4,892 residents per square mile.
  8. Istanbul, which happens to be larger and more widely known than Ankara, is often mistaken as Turkey’s capital city.
  9. Ankara is located 3,077 ft above sea level.
  10. Residents of Ankara are known as Turks or Turkish.
  11. Turks living in Ankara enjoy a continental climate with hot, dry summers, followed by cold, snowy winters and an average annual temperature of 12°C.
  12. Looking to fly yourself to Ankara? You’ll need the coordinates of 39.9333° N, 32.8667° E.
  13. Make sure you visit the Ethnography Museum of Ankara if you’re in Ankara; it’s a museum dedicated to the study of people and culture which was opened in 1928. Not only is the museum full of incredible artefacts, the architecture is also stunning.

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of Ankara is Turkish.
  2. Amazingly, Ankara has apparently been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age!
  3. Turkish Lira is the official currency here.
  4. Turkey welcomed 37,795,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Ankara for its rich history and wonderful architecture.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Ankara? You can make cheap calls to Ankara with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 0090.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Ankara, head over to the Hürriyet Daily News website.

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