Myths About Turkey

fez-hatThe Official Alphabet In Turkey Is The Arabic Alphabet

Wrong! Since 1928, the Turkish alphabet modified from the Latin alphabet is used in Turkey. The Arabic script was used during the Ottoman Empire, though there were Turkish scripts before that.

If you know the Latin alphabet, it will be a lot easier for you to read the signs in Turkey.

The Locals Ride Around On Camels

Another funny myth about Turkey. Funny because even in the old times the people in Turkey did not use the camels as the main form of public transportation. There are highways, and roads pretty much everywhere in Turkey, and trust us, you do not need to ride around on camels to get around. You can try camel riding for fun in some touristic places though.

Men Have To Wear Fez Hats and Women Have To Wear Headscarves

There is no law that forces men to wear fez hats or women to wear headscarves, turbans or burqas in Turkey. Actually wearing the fez hat was banned in 1925 as part of the modernizing reforms.

Polygamy Is Allowed By Law, And All Men Have At Least Four Wives

Come on! Polygamy is not allowed, and it is officially criminalized in Turkey.

It Is A Dirty Country

People in Turkey practice not only personal hygiene but also they like to keep their houses, stores etc. clean.

camelStore Owners Drag You Into The Stores

Some shop owners may sometimes seem to harass a bit you at some places but most of the time they are kind and helpful, and they do not grab your arm and pull you into their stores.

It Is Not A Safe Country

Violent crime, including assault and rape, is less common in Turkey than in many developed Western countries.

It Is A Religious State

Turkey is a democratic republic. Both men and women have to right to elect and to be elected.

There Is Still Capital Punishment In Turkey: How Primitive!

As of 2004, Turkey does not have capital punishment. Since October 1984, Turkey has not executed any prisoners.

Enjoy your stay in Turkey!

 

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