Diversity

Are Turkish people friendly?

Absolutely. Turkish people are known world-wide for their hospitality and warmth. In my...

How many churches are there in Istanbul?

It is pretty hard to answer this question considering the fact that many churches in...

Can people freely practice their religion in Istanbul?

Throughout history Istanbul has been a home for people with different backgrounds. As a...

Is Istanbul safe for Jewish people?

Istanbul is definitely a safe spot for Jews, unless you are in one of the hard-core...

Are there black people in Istanbul?

Yes, there are black people in Istanbul. Istanbul is a cosmopolitan metropolis, and is...

Are there gypsies in Istanbul?

Yes, there are gypsies in Istanbul. As an American, I find that I cannot recognize...

Do Turkish people like Americans? Should I avoid talking about specific topics?

Turkish people pride themselves on their culture of hospitality. But avoid talking...

Will a full beard draw unwanted attention or stereotypes?

Although a full beard continues to mean a lot of things to Turks, on a foreigner, it...

Is anti-semitism a problem in Istanbul?

Anti-semitism is a problem here to a certain extent. There has been historical violence...

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