Turkey is a transcontinental country located in Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia bordering the Black Sea. Neighboring countries include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Turkey has a strategic location controlling the Turkish Straits that link Black and Aegean Seas. The geography of Turkey consists of narrow coastal plains on the west that becomes increasingly rugged as it progresses eastward. The government system is a republican parliamentary democracy. The chief of state is the President and the head of government is the Prime Minister. Turkey has a mixed economy in which there is a growing private sector combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation. Turkey is a member of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
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