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Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

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19th March 2013

Brits in Turkey: where to get advice

thumbnailI was struck by a recent newspaper article saying that British nationals had bought over 1,300 properties in Turkey in the last nine months. Only German nationals (2,557) had bought more. It was a useful reminder of the strengths of the links between Turkey and the UK. Around 35,000 British nationals are resident in Turkey, many of them permanently settled here.

There are lots of reasons why people choose to live in this terrific country. But it’s notable that many Brits – around 15,000 – favour the sunny coastal areas around Muğla. Being close to the sea is obviously popular but people we talk to also say they value the mild climate; the friendly, supportive local communities; and village life. There are quite a few holiday home owners and investment buyers, too. And, of course, there are plenty of Turkish-British families.

Living and buying property in Turkey has its challenges. Our Consular Team recently drew my attention to an academic study published last year which explores some of the legal issues facing British people living in Turkey. It concludes that British people living in Turkey can successfully navigate their way through the Turkish legal system; but that cultural and, particularly, linguistic differencescan sometimes make this challenging. If you’re thinking of living in Turkey, or indeed if you’re already here, we strongly advise you to check out theadvice on living in Turkey on the Embassy web-site.

We also advise you to follow our Facebook page which is a good source of up-to-date information about what is happening in Turkey. Our Facebook page may also be used to distribute consular or other information quickly in the event of an emergency – so bookmark it now, in the hope we’ll never need to use it.

3 comments on “Brits in Turkey: where to get advice

  1. Respected Sir,
    Earth Hour was organized in a ravine forest area village Aasayi [ Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India ]. Aasayi is probably the first and only ravine forest area village which is participating in Earth Hour, since 2012 and giving message to the whole world, to save energy and conserve forests. Block Panchayat Head Mr. Pradeep Yadav was Chief Guest. This event was organized under my direction with the help of Mr. Ravindra Dixit, Aasayi village headman and Dr. Rajeev Chauhan.
    I am specially thankful to the villagers of Aasayi and media personals for their important co-operation.
    This event was organized in a 100 ft. deep located field of Mustard. PHOTOS of this year participation are available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4583661440557.1073741830.1562631876&type=1&l=a63a76ed33 . This year about 300 villagers participated, in this event. This event started at 5.30 pm and ended at 9.30 pm.
    Thanks and Regards
    Prabhat Misra
    Assistant Director- Savings
    Etawah, Uttar Pradesh,

  2. Respected Sir,
    Today is Earth Hour and i always share this event with you. This year, Villagers of Aasayi village ( Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India ) will make a HUMAN ART of 60. Our last year achievement is at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2990927623207.2120752.1562631876&type=1&l=662b62308b. Probably, Aasayi village was FIRST ravine village which participated in Earth Hour last year; i lead that event. This year too, villagers of historical village Aasayi [ have record of about 2000-3000 years history] will participate in this event. Hoping that your Embassy will also be the part of this great event.
    Prabhat Misra
    Assistant Director- Savings
    Etawah, Uttar Pradesh,

  3. Thank you for raising awareness of the numbers of British people buying property in Turkey and the challenges that they face. Language differences are indeed one of the biggest pitfalls in the process particularly as English is not commonly spoken. The company I work for, Language Connect, is a UK-headquartered translation services company and has recently opened an office in the Beşiktaş central district of Istanbul. We can assist British people buying property in Turkey with sworn translations of contracts and all other related documentation for property purchasing as well as provide English-speaking interpreters in all major parts of Turkey. Please go to our English website – http://www.languageconnect.net to request a free quote for our services.

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About Leigh Turner

I hope you find this blog interesting and, where appropriate, entertaining. My role in Vienna covers the relationship between Austria and the UK as well as the diverse work of…

I hope you find this blog interesting and, where appropriate, entertaining. My role in Vienna covers the relationship between Austria and the UK as well as the diverse work of the UN and other organisations; stories here will reflect that.

About me: I arrived in Vienna in August 2016 for my second posting in this wonderful city, having first served here in the mid-1980s. My previous job was as HM Consul-General and Director-General for Trade and Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and South Caucasus based in Istanbul.

Further back: I grew up in Nigeria, Exeter, Lesotho, Swaziland and Manchester before attending Cambridge University 1976-79. I worked in several government departments before joining the Foreign Office in 1983.

Keen to go to Africa and South America, I’ve had postings in Vienna (twice), Moscow, Bonn, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul, plus jobs in London ranging from the EU Budget to the British Overseas Territories.

2002-6 I was lucky enough to spend four years in Berlin running the house, looking after the children (born 1992 and 1994) and doing some writing and journalism.

To return to Vienna as ambassador is a privilege and a pleasure. I hope this blog reflects that.