Turks work longer than the rest of the EU

According to the results of Eurostat’s 2010 European Labour Force Survey, Turkey’s working hours are long compared to the EU and employment rate for those aged from 20 to 64 in Turkey is 50 percent. The recent survey shows that Turkey’s employment rate is lower than European Union (EU) averages while working hours in the … Continue reading

Countdown to the Istanbul Jazz Festival begins

The 18th Istanbul Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday and continues through to the July 19.  Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the festival will feature 40 concerts and more than 300 local and foreign artists. Also, the second Tünel Feast will be the first weekend of … Continue reading

İzmir becomes a wedding hub

The Aegean province of İzmir has nearly 400 wedding gown companies; they export wedding gowns worth $100 million and suits worth $20 million annually through the shuttle trading method to countries located in region. Companies sell over 50,000 wedding gowns to wholesalers from Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Azerbaijan and Georgia.  The companies also receive orders from … Continue reading

Pride Week underway in Istanbul

Turkey’s LGBT communities and their supporters kicked off Istanbul’s 19th Pride Week this Monday. A week of events will be capped by next week’s Pride Parade, during which thousands will march against discrimination. June is Pride Month in many countries as LGBT communities around the world hold events to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 … Continue reading

Authorities to increase Alcohol inspections

Following the recent deaths of four Russian tourists after consuming bootlegged drinks in Antalya, Several Turkish ministries and the country’s alcohol regulator are planning to increase inspection of the alcohol market. Dozens of drinks have been taken into custody by police around Turkey in connection with contraband alcohol since the deaths earlier this month. The … Continue reading