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Inside a metaphor

Zeki, a Turkish taxi driver, sighed when we told him our destination was Truva, but took our fare anyway. Later, careening along in his battered Fiat, he asked why Westerners always visit the desolate plateau overlooking the Dardanelles

© Alessandro Digaetano

Inside a metaphor

Zeki, a Turkish taxi driver, sighed when we told him our destination was Truva, but took our fare anyway. Later, careening along in his battered Fiat, he asked why Westerners always visit the desolate plateau overlooking the Dardanelles

Fast facts on Turkey

  • Old-age insurance was set up within social security in the 1940s.
  • Average life expectancy at birth is expected to rise from 73 years in 2005-2010 to 79.4 in 2045-2050. Combined with decreasing fertility rates, this could drive a 233% increase of the old-age dependency ratio.
  • Labor force participation of 25- to 54-year-olds is 60% in Turkey, compared with 81% in all OECD countries in 2009.
  • Turkey’s poverty rate (18%) lies well above that of other OECD countries (11% on average).
  • According to IMF and World Bank estimates, Turkey ranks 15th and 16th worldwide in terms of GDP (PPP adjusted) in 2009/2010.

Sources: UN Population Prospects; OECD – Society at a Glance (2009); IMF – World Economic Outlook Database (October 2010)

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