Turkey True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about Turkey are true or false?
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Last updated: January 25, 2021
First submittedJanuary 25, 2021
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1. The capital of Turkey is Istanbul
True
False
It is Ankara
2. Islam is the official religion of Turkey
True
False
Turkey is officially a secular state, though since the 1980s Islamic groups have increasingly challenged the secularization called for by Atatürk in his reforms of the 1920s
3. Turkey is a member of NATO
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False
It is NATO's only (mostly) Asian member, joining in 1952, three years after NATO's founding
4. Turkey has won the Eurovision song contest
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False
Sertab Erener won in 2003 with the song "Everyway That I Can"
5. Tulips were cultivated by the Turks before the Dutch
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False
A Dutch ambassador brought tulip bulbs home from Constantinople where they had been cultivated by the Ottoman Turks, triggering tulip mania in Europe. The tulip remains Turkey's national flower and a symbol of Turkey
6. Atatürk, the name given to Turkey's founder, means "Soul of the Turks"
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It means "Father of the Turks" and was bestowed upon Mustafa Kemal Atatürk by the Turkish Parliament in 1934
7. Camel wrestling is a sport in Turkey
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It is an ancient (and controversial) sport, with regular festivals still held in the Aegean region of Turkey
8. Turkic peoples settled in Anatolia, present day Turkey, about 3,000 years ago
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The Turks first settled in Anatolia in the 11th century. Evidence suggests that the earliest Turkic peoples descended from agricultural communities in Northeast China
9. Turkeys (the birds) are native to Turkey
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Turkeys are native to North America, though they get their name indirectly from Turkey, the place
10. Turkey is the only country to recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
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Azerbaijan, another Turkic country, has reportedly been considering it, but has yet to
11. The first military bands were created in the Ottoman Empire
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Their distinctive sounds inspired many European composers, like Mozart with his Turkish Rondo
12. Most residents of Istanbul live in Asia
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64.9% of the residents live on the European side of the city and 35.1% on the Asian side
13. Saint Nicholas, of Santa Claus fame, was from an area now part of Turkey
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Saint Nicholas was born circa 280 in Patara, Lycia, and served as bishop of nearby Myra, a city now called Demre, on Turkey's Southern coast
14. There is a Turkish city called Batman
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False
It's a nice place to visit on a dark night
15. It is officially illegal to wear a fez in Turkey
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False
Atatürk banned the fez in the 1920s as it was seen to symbolise the Ottoman Empire. The law was never overturned, though you're unlikely to be arrested for wearing one
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Level 79
Jan 25, 2021
I wanted to include one about Turkish Delight being the precursor to the Jelly Bean but couldn't find any solid proof. Seems to be one of those "most experts believe" things. I like to think it's true though :)
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Level 46
Jan 26, 2021
Nice Quiz! Hopefully this gets featured
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Level 83
Jan 29, 2021
Great quiz! There are some tricky ones on here.
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Level 35
Feb 12, 2021
12/15 as a turkish. not good.