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Retirement map of Turkey: 1 out of every 5 retirees is in Istanbul

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Retired People’s Association of Turkey (TÜED) conducted a Survey of Retired People’s Lives on the occasion of June 30, Retirement Day.

According to the research, a total of 13 million 722 thousand people, 8 million 615 thousand retired personnel, 2 million 718 thousand retired tradesmen and 2 million 389 thousand retired civil servants, receive pensions throughout Turkey.

About one in five retirees, that is, 19 percent of retirees, live in Istanbul. While Istanbul is the city with the highest number of retirees in Turkey with 2.6 million individuals, Ankara with 1 million 79 thousand retirees, İzmir with 1 million 16 thousand retirees, Bursa with 586 thousand retirees and Antalya with 400 thousand retirees are the provinces with the highest number of retirees. listed as.


164 thousand retirees live in Zonguldak, which has a population of 589 thousand. With the effect of those who retired from the coal mines in the city, approximately 28 percent of its population is retirees, Zonguldak is the city with the highest density of retirees in Turkey with this ratio.

Following Zonguldak, Sinop, Balıkesir, Bartın, Edirne, Kırklareli, Çanakkale, İzmir, Rize and Giresun are listed as the cities with the highest ratio of retired population to province population.

In the report, which concluded that retirees live in metropolitan cities and provinces with a coast to the sea, it is noted that there are 83 thousand retirees in Şanlıurfa with a population of 2 million 143 thousand, and 59 thousand retirees in Van with a population of 1 million 141 thousand.

In the research, the provinces with the lowest number of retirees are listed as Ardahan, Bayburt, Tunceli, Kilis and Iğdır.


TÜED General Leader Kazım Ergün, who appreciated the results of the research, said that TÜED is the largest non-governmental organization representing retirees with its 119 branches all over Turkey and more than 1 million members.

Ergün stated that they carried out the Survey of Places Where Retirees Live in order to provide better service to the retirees who worked hard for the development of the country for years.

“This research clearly shows us that in metropolitan cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, almost one out of every five people retires quickly. The total number of retirees in these three provinces reaches 5 million.

In addition, except for Ankara and Konya, the retired population is generally heavier in the cities that have a coast to the sea. In addition to access to health services and social life, cities with a coastline also determine the urban preferences of our retirees.

All these reveal where the government and local administrations should focus on investments and activities that will improve the living conditions of the retired and the elderly. In the context of this research, we want the authorities to weigh in on policies that prioritize seniors and retirees.”

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