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Biggest Trading Partners - Turkey

Name the top countries that Turkey exports to and imports from.
For the year 2016. In USD. Source
Last updated: April 10, 2017
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Exports
Country
14.0 bil
Germany
11.7 bil
United Kingdom
7.64 bil
Iraq
7.58 bil
Italy
6.63 bil
United States
6.03 bil
France
5.41 bil
United Arab Emirates
4.99 bil
Spain
Exports
Country
4.97 bil
Iran
3.59 bil
Netherlands
3.17 bil
Saudi Arabia
2.96 bil
Israel
2.73 bil
Egypt
2.68 bil
Switzerland
2.67 bil
Romania
2.65 bil
Poland
Imports
Country
25.6 bil
China
21.5 bil
Germany
15.2 bil
Russia
10.9 bil
United States
10.2 bil
Italy
7.36 bil
France
6.38 bil
South Korea
5.76 bil
India
Imports
Country
5.68 bil
Spain
5.32 bil
United Kingdom
4.70 bil
Iran
3.94 bil
Japan
3.70 bil
United Arab Emirates
3.24 bil
Poland
3.20 bil
Belgium
3.00 bil
Netherlands
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level 77
Apr 11, 2017
I just shouldn't do these similar quizzes back to back to back. I forget easy countries because I think I have guessed them already!
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level 63
Apr 11, 2017
I would've thought that Israel wouldn't be on here because of the whole Jewish boycott thing from the Arab world. Kind of surprised me when I saw it was an answer.
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level 72
Apr 11, 2017
Turkey is not Arab, except for a tiny minority. It's true though that also other Muslim countries boycott Israel, but there are some exceptions, like Egypt and Jordan to some extent, while they had excellent relations with Turkey until recently, Israeli air force often having practice over Turkey as there isn't enough (suitable) space in Israel.
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level 70
Apr 12, 2017
I see quite a few Turkish products in the supermarket, especially dried fruit which is very popular here. Turkish Air has 5-6 daily flights to Tel Aviv. Oh, just remembered, my toilet was made in Turkey ☺
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
Turkey is one of Israel's oldest (and only) allies, or the closest thing they have to that, in the region. The Arab League boycott of Israel goes back to the Arab invasion of Israel in May 1948, the day after the country declared independence. Turkey was not a party to that invasion. They became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize Israeli independence in March of 1949. The Turkish Republic was founded as a secular republic in 1923, after the collapse of the largely secular Ottoman Empire, led by Mustafa Atatürk who introduced many far-reaching liberal reforms. The Turkey of '48-'49 was still very much Ataturk's Turkey; though he had died 10 years prior his political party was still in control.

That doesn't mean relations have always been easy. Turkey is in a weird place, always trying to balance between East and West, Europe and Asia, the Christian and Muslim worlds, tradition and modernity...
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
... and between Ataturk's vision of a secular republic and the country's conservatives' desire for politics with a more theocratic bent. Lately the country has been dominated by Erdogan, an Islamist, and relations between Turkey and Israel have soured, particularly following the last so-called Gaza War, as pan-Islamic ideas have gained traction there and opposition to Zionism and to Israel has always been about pan-Islamism and pan-Arabism.

but Turkey is not Arab as pointed out. They have historical disagreements with virtually all of their neighbors and no true friends. Their regional politics have always been about this complex balancing act I described while playing adjacent countries off of one another. So that includes, for example, joint military exercises with Israel as a bulwark against Hizbollah (shia)-dominated Lebanon, Alawite (basically shia)-controlled Syria, and explicitly theocratic (and shia) Iran. Turkey is sunni.
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level 66
Oct 1, 2018
"opposition to Zionism and to Israel has always been about pan-Islamism and pan-Arabism." Or, you know, the ethnic cleansing at the heart of the Israeli state (particularly the Nakba); the ghettoization of Palestinians behind Warsaw-like walls; illegal settlements that use an architecture of permanent occupation and surveillance; the bulldozing of homes; ongoing aerial and other assaults. You know - primordial irrationalism, or responses to incessant real-life murder: either one.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
but then they will also play these countries against the Kurds (whose state of Kurdistan, if ever recognized, would claim more territory from Turkey than anywhere else), and of course Da'esh whom everyone hates.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
I found the information to be pertinent, informative and interesting.
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level 75
Nov 19, 2017
Did someone ask you to leave a comment, Rompe? If so I missed it.
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level 75
Nov 21, 2017
Buying oil at greatly reduced price and making cash selling weapons I'm pretty sure means you like money and nothing else.
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level 75
Nov 21, 2017
Also there's that old cliche: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. As long as Daesh is fighting Iran, Syria, and the Kurds then I'm sure Turkey doesn't mind them getting their hands on some weapons, whether Turkey hates them or not. This is pretty basic stuff and agrees perfectly with what I said about Turkey playing its neighbors off of one another. If it ever looked like Daesh was winning the fight and had the resources to turn it's attention to expanding northward things would be a little different.
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level 71
Apr 16, 2017
The amazing thing is that 6 of the 8 countries bordering Turkey don't appear here. Only Iran and Iraq get a mention.
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level 61
Aug 20, 2017
Yeah, Turkey is the type of country that would get on your nerves. No wonder they're no favourite of their neighbours. Actually I should've said "we" but, it's complicated...
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level 75
Oct 1, 2018
Turkey's biggest export to all of its neighbors is hatred of Turkey.
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level 63
Nov 16, 2017
I think I know what is the main product exported to Germany and UK. People.
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level 57
Nov 16, 2017
Don't forget that they also have taken on a vast majority of Syrian refugees - 3 million by last count.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
I was going to say the same thing^ very interesting who doesn't show up. No Greece, no Bulgaria, no Cyprus, no Ukraine, no Armenia, no Georgia, no Azerbaijan, no Syria, no Lebanon... Turkey gets along *so* well with it's neighbors. :D Though hatred of and being hated by one's neighbors is sort of a Middle East and Balkan tradition so hardly unique to Turkey but they seem especially good at it.
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level 72
Jul 18, 2018
Would have expected Greece and Ukraine but don't those other countries have economies which are small enough to explain why they don't appear?
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level 75
Oct 1, 2018
I'm sure that it is a combination of both.
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level 76
Nov 16, 2017
I imagine that a large chunk of the exports to Italy are Hazelnuts. Damn you Nutella.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
There was a Nutella restaurant down the street from my place in Beit Hanina, Israel.
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level 67
Nov 18, 2017
Surprised there is no Ukraine, considering the back and forth of the ships from the trading ports in Odessa & Istanbul across The Black Sea.
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level 61
Oct 1, 2018
It's a shame that the only European one I got was Italy.