Istanbul is a metropolitan city which connects Europe and Asia. Europe's largest city with a population of 16 million inhabitants. Also 34 of the world in terms of economic size city. Istanbul is Turkey's southeast, along the Marmara and the Bosphorus shore, so as to surround the Golden Horn, was also.
Istanbul city has two side(part). European Side which is in the European continent and Anatolian Side which is in the Asian continent.There are two bridge (Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge) for transportation with car and bus on the between Europe Side and Anatolian Side. Therewithal, There are frequent ferries to transport from Anatolia to Europe. Also to solve traffic problems; "3rd Bridge" and "Marmaray Project" are ongoing. And with "Istanbul Eurasia Marathon Expo 2012" you can walk or run Asia to Europe on the Bosphorus Bridge.
Is a junction of land and sea trade routes, and has been the center of economic life in Turkey due to its strategic location. Istanbul has the only road transportation with truck to Asia from Europe for import and export. In addition for maritime transport, is the path to Europe and Asia. The city is also the largest industrial center. Collectively, are located in Istanbul for Business, or the most important leading Turkish and foreign companies have opened branches here.
In Istanbul , a large number of Hospitals, clinics and medical research center in the country with lab. Many of these plants has a high technological equipment. This has the effect of the opportunities of medical tourism and the city is moving too fast in this area. Istanbul in particular laser ophthalmology (eye surgery) and plastic surgery has become a global one stop.
In the History, all the civilizations that have to Istanbul, that was crowned with the title of capital city. Istanbul, the capital city still bears the traces of many civilizations (Roman Empire,Eastern Roman Empire, Latin Empire, Byzantium and Ottoman Empire). Until Turkey's capital Ankara.
Istanbul was selected by the European Union as the "2010 European Capital of Culture". Also Istanbul is nominated for the "Istanbul 2020 Olympics".