Expatriate Community in Turkey

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
About 200 000 foreigners live in Turkey and half of these are in Istanbul. Among those from the EU, the German community is the largest (10 000), followed by the English (8 000) and about 3 500 French.
Blogs For Expats
List of expat blogs in Turkey
Blog of a French journalist living in Turkey
For Further Information
Website of expats in Turkey
Immigration Authority
Police headquarters
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Expat Welcome. Practical information website.

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
38th most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer Index.
For a capital of its size, it can be considered that prices remain reasonable, especially for staple goods.
Quality of Life
121st place according to the Mercer Index.
The city suffers from massive congestion due to its geographical location. In addition, there is a lack of public infrastructures, especially parks or playgrounds.
Sanitary Conditions
93rd place according to the Mercer Index.
Good on the whole. Air pollution is a real problem.
For Further Information
Mercer Index

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Apartments are often quite big (on average 100 m2) and some are furnished. "Studyo" or 1+1 are apartments with two rooms. The number of rooms is indicated as follows: 1 (living room) + number of bedrooms or 2 (living room and dining room) + number of bedrooms. The kitchen is very often separate, or it is specified "amerikan mutfak" (American-style kitchen). Click here for further information.
Normal Lease Term
In general, the lease is for one year, renewable, but there are no rules on the question.
Rental Costs
No particular rules. It all depends on the type of rental (furnished, price, duration...) and the owner. This information is provided at the beginning and is sometimes negotiable.
Agencies or Private Rentals
The best thing is to go through an agency. Most of the large real estate agencies are not only professional, but know from experience exactly what suits foreigners.
Rental Agency Websites
List of real estate agencies by town
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Leading website for private individuals' adverts (and also for real estate agents)
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Apartment sharing is practised a lot by expats in Turkey. There are a lot of adverts on the notice boards at the French Consulate.
For Further Information
My merhaba- expat community in Turkey website

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School System

School Level
It breaks down into 5 levels of education: nursery (optional) from age 3; primary school from age 6 to 14 (8 years) obligatory for everyone; high school (4 years). Pupils who finish high school can go to University (2 to 4 years) after a general competitive examination.
International Schools
There are several French-speaking establishments in Istanbul and some of these offer a complete course from elementary classes up.
For Further Information
List of French lycées on the French Embassy website

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The quality of healthcare depends on the type of establishment. Public hospitals are packed out, lack hygiene and personnel. However, professors and big names in the medical world are found in university hospital centers. You can also find modern private clinics and hospitals everywhere, which reach standards at least as high as European ones.
International Hospitals
There are a certain number, especially the International Hospital and the American Hospital . Click here for a more complete list.
In private hospitals, doctors and surgeons mostly speak English. But you may be lucky enough to come across a French-speaking doctor.
Health Insurance
There is a Turkish social security system which gives workers and pensioners access to public hospitals (reimbursement up to 70%). The middle classes often take out contracts with private insurance companies in order to have access to private hospitals.
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Foreigners benefit from the same health insurance system if they are working in Turkey but they often have private insurance from their employer.
Health System Insurance Body
SSK (Turkish Social Security)
Health Ministry
English website of the Turkish Ministry of Health.

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