Sunday, 20 August 2017

Turkey Wins Expats' Hearts With Excellent Food and Nice Weather   
4 March 2014 | Excellent local food and good weather won Turkey the 11th place in the world in expats' hearts - in a ranking, published by HSBC. No other country in South East Europe had made it to this charter. The evaluation is based on opportunities to do business and raise children, as well as on general experience - namely on matters like social life, entertainment, sports, feeling welcome at work, making local friends etc.

Turkey scored poorly at learning the local language or setting up utilities. Organizing school for children and working environment also do not seem to be at very high level. But the country holds first place with its food and second - with the local weather. Local culture is also evaluated very high, at fourth place in the world.

The list, published by HSBC, is led by China, Germany and Singapore. China is second best in providing economic opportunities and third best in general experience criteria. The latest is due for its excellent sport faciliteis, social life, and... local food. Curiously, Russia is ranked as high as on 7th position - another proof that the experience of expats sometimes has little to do with the one of the locals.

An important clarification, made by HSBC is, that the data over raising children conditions in some 13 other countries, popular amongst expats, were absent, which left them out of the list.



Curiosity Chest

Bright Colours and Four-Day Weddings in Çomakdağ, Turkey

With its stone houses boasting colourful wooden trims, clove-flavoured coffee, festive weddings and the famous Çomakdağ women and their authentic costumes covered in flowers, Çomakdağ is easily the Aegean’s most beautiful spot.
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Useful Reads

A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire (2008) | By M. Şűkrű Hanioğlu

Far too often, the narrative of the collapse of an empire becomes a moral drama. Wealth is drained away by decadence, and power undercut by corruption. There are attempts at recovery, reform, re-consolidation; perhaps a war, or a grand alliance, or another gamble which seems mad in hindsight. Private fiefdoms emerge, tribes break away, and hostile external powers chip away at the borders.
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Summer Festivals Bring the Sound of Music to Turkey

As a supplement to its traditional attractions – ancient ruins, Medieval mosques, crowded bazaars and turquoise waters bathed in sunlight, Turkey also offers its summer visitors an array of exciting music events. Catering to different tastes – from classical to rock and from mainstream to alternative, more than 100 music festivals will be taking place all over the country – from Istanbul to Anatolia, providing another reason, if you ever needed one, to head to Turkey this summer. Sometimes, they even make it possible to enjoy ancient ruins and a music concert simultaneously. Full Story