Doing Business in Turkey

As Turkey straddles both eastern Europe and western Asia, it’s important location has given the country control to the entrance of the Black Sea.

According to the World Bank, Turkey is one of the top 10 countries in the world with the most notable improvements for doing business in. The country has a score of 74.33 for its ease of doing business increasing by 4.34%, ranking it number 43 out of the 190 countries list. The changes Turkey has made to make start a business easier in its country includes; removing the paid-in minimum capital requirement as well as eliminating the notarisation of company documents and legal books. The country has also made paying taxes easier through improving the online portal which allows users to file and make tax payments. As well as this, the time and cost to export and import has been reduced through a variety of initiatives; with enhancing the risk management system and lowering customs brokers’ fees being a couple to mention.

On the 2019 Index of Economic Freedom website, it states that Turkey’s economic freedom score is 64.6 which makes it the 68th freest country. In the Europe region, Turkey is ranked 33rd out of the 44 countries. The country’s overall score is above world average however it’s below the regional average. Turkey’s population is currently 82.7 Million and its unemployment rate 11.3%. Around 25% of employment in Turkey is in its traditional agriculture.

Despite all these improvements that Turkey has made to its country and it doesn’t mean doing business here without its challenges. World Business Culture provides invaluable information and expertise for doing business in Turkey.


This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture

Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working.  We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.

This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Turkey only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.

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