Urbanization rate in Turkey climbs to 74 percent

Published October 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The last two decades in Turkey have been a time of vast and unorganized urbanization, resulting in severe and large-scale problems. According to a recent article appearing in Turkish daily news, the consequences of this process include higher death tolls following earthquakes, unsatisfactory education and health services.  


The article included the Anatolia news agency report of “World Development Indicators 2000” statistics released by the World Bank. This report revealed that between 1980 and 1990 the share of residents living in urban areas grew from 40 to 46 percent, whereas in Turkey during the same period this ratio advanced from 44 percent to 74 percent.  


Turkey’s urban population expanded by 143.4 percent, reaching 47.7 million up from 19.6 million during the period in question. Turkey was ranked 14th on the list of countries in terms of urban population, following Great Britain. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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