The absolute location of Turkey is at the latitude of 39 degrees north and longitude of 35 degrees east, while its relative location is Southeastern Europe and the Southwestern region of Asia. Turkey is surrounded by three major bodies of water, namely the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkey ranks as the 37th largest country in the world, encompassing a total area of around 486,882 square miles. It straddles two continents, extending from the Anatolian cape in Southwest Asia to the Balkans in Southeast Europe. Its strategic geographical position has given rise to the mighty empires of the Byzantine and Ottoman nations. Turkey's location has also contributed to the cultural diversity of its people.