Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkiye.

Curated from various news sources.


Turkiye’s population nears 84.7M in 2021

Turkiye’s population exceeded 84.68 million in 2021, increasing more than 1 million versus the previous year, the Turkish statistical authority said on Friday.

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed that 49.7% of the population was comprised of males and 50.3% females.

“Annual population growth rate increased to 12.7 per thousand in 2021 from 5.5 per thousand in 2020,” the institute said.

Some 93.2% of the total population was living in provincial and district centres, while around 7% were living in towns and villages.

Istanbul was the most crowded city with 15.84 million people (18.7% of the total population), followed by the capital Ankara with 5.75 million, the Aegean province of Izmir with 4.4 million, the industrial province of Bursa with 3.15 million and the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya with 2.6 million.

The median age of the population in Turkey increased from 32.7 in 2020 to 33.1 in 2021.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Fethiye second largest district in Muğla with population of 170, 379

Turkish Statistical Institute data showed the Address-Based Population Registration System Results for the year 2021. The population of Fethiye increased by 19.35 per thousand from 167,114 in 2020 to 170,379 as of 31 December 2021.

According to the data, Fethiye is the second largest district in Muğla after Bodrum which has a population of 187,284.

The data is calculated by taking into account the population staying in institutional areas, together with the population taken from the Address Based Population Registration System (ADNKS) updated by the Ministry of Interior, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs (NVIGM). Barracks, prisons, nursing homes, university dormitories, etc are included in the population of the areas where the institutional places are located, not in the population of the settlement where their residence is located, by international definition. 

According to data from the Address-Based Population Registration System announced as of 31 December 2021 from NVIGM, the population of Muğla Districts is as follows:

Dalaman 44,386, Datça 24,519, Kavaklıdere 10,842, Koycegiz 38,425, Marmaris 95,849, Menteşe 118,443, Milas 145,275, Ortaca 52,929, Seydikemer 61,306, Ula 26,306 and Yatağan 45,077. The total population of Muğla is 1,021,141.

Source: https://gercekfethiye.com/fethiye-nin-nufusu-170-bin-379/44780/

MÜÇEV’s marina license in Göcek canceled

Muğla 3rd Administrative Court have cancelled the zoning plans that allowed the construction of a marina by Muğla Tourism Environment Foundation (MÜÇEV) in Göcek Port.

The case was filed by the Göcek People’s Assembly against the takeover of Göcek Port in the İskele locality of the Göcek neighborhood of Fethiye on the grounds that the closure of the Göcek coastal area to the public is inconsistent with the provisions of the Coastal Law and the planned changes were not in accordance with the principles of urbanism, planning techniques, planning principles and public interest.

Fethiye Municipality Plan and Project Directorate also took into account the court’s annulment decision and canceled the building permit and occupancy permit issued on September 13, 2021.

Lawyer Bora Sarıca said, “Göcek People’s Assembly wants the fences to be demolished in the area where the project is located, the illegal marina to be dismantled and the coasts to be left to the citizens.”

Source: https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/turkiye/mucevin-gocekteki-yat-limaninin-ruhsati-ve-yapi-kullanim-izni-iptal-edildi-1905147

Turkiye trains security forces for avalanche response

Some 2,500 people, from police officers and soldiers to paramilitary village guards, recently underwent avalanche response training courtesy of the local branch of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The personnel chosen work in areas with a high risk of avalanches, including the districts of Çatak, Başkale, Bahçesaray and Gürpınar. In addition to attending theoretical classes, the students also trained in the field on steep, snow-covered slopes near areas already closed to transportation due to avalanche risk.

Soldiers stationed at outposts on the Iranian border near high-risk areas were also trained to detect potential avalanche spots and how to cross terrain at heightened avalanche risk if they are required to. More training programs will be held with other people working in risky areas, including the Directorate General of Highways crews tasked with clearing snowed-in roads and utility firm employees who work in the field.

Ali Ihsan Körpeş, director of AFAD’s Van branch, told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Thursday that they were working to develop faster, more efficient responses to avalanches. Though avalanches are quite natural in the province known for heavy snowfall and its steep mountains, rescue work in the aftermath can be improved. 

Two years ago, two avalanches claimed 42 lives over the span of two days in the same area in the eastern Turkish province of Van.

Source: Daily Sabah 

Anchovies return to Turkish coasts, prompting price drop

Anchovy (hamsi) herds have returned to the Black Sea as the temperature rises, prompting the price of Turkiye’s popular fish to plunge.

The price of anchovy rose sharply earlier this season as anchovy herds migrated to the shores of Russia and Georgia since the southern coast of the almost landlocked sea was warmer than in previous years.

However, a significant increase has been observed in the number of anchovies caught especially in the last two weeks with heavy snowfall and cold weather that has been affecting Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Fishermen estimate that anchovy will be caught for one more month.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Can tourism ease the inflation pressure in Turkiye?

Inflation is a battle people all over the world are fighting.

The struggle is particularly acute in Turkiye where people are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

But a favourable exchange rate has made Turkiye a more attractive holiday destination for people in other parts of the world.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, in 2019 tourism brought $34bn (£25bn) into Turkiye.

And though lockdowns and travel restrictions pummelled the sector in 2020, it bounced back in 2021.

Arrivals jumped 85.5%, though revenue was still a third lower than it was pre-pandemic.

Tourism makes up about 13% of Turkiye’s overall economy.

The country was the sixth-most popular tourist destination in 2019, according to the World Trade Organisation. 

And, even then, it said the favourable exchange rate was a key factor in attracting tourists.

If the industry continues to recover as travel restrictions continue to ease this year, it could provide wider economic benefits for Turkiye, according to Roger Kelly, a lead regional economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-60262964



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Match results

Fethiyespor lost their away match against Mardin 1969 on Sunday. The final score was 2-1.

With 21 games played, Fethiyespor drop to second in the league.

League Matches 

Sunday 13th February at home against Ofspor. The kick-off is at 13:00. 

You can find the Fethiyespor fixture list here.

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Fethiye Falcons

Thank you to Nathan Alexander for the Fethiye Falcons update.

Match details

Saturday 12th February at home against Izmir Zaferi. The kick-off is at 15:00

Saturday 26th February at home against Antalya Warriors The kick-off is at 15:00

Moonlight Travel Company will be providing transfers from the training ground at the old Günlükbaşıspor club (see map) to the home ground in Üzümlü. Pick-up time 2.20 pm, price 20TL.

Fethiye Falcons Home Ground

The Fethiye Falcons home ground is the old Yeşil Üzümlüspor Football Club.

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 18.36 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.16 TL.

The US Dollar bought 13.56 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.55 TL.

The Euro bought 15.53 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.10 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Source: Living Earth

Today’s featured image: “Snow-capped Çal Dağı at Nif” by Lyn Ward.

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