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City Description: Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and 5th largest city proper in the world.Economy: The economy of Istanbul has always been the centre of Turkey's economic life because of its location as a junction of international land and sea trade routes. Istanbul is also Turkey's largest industrial centre. Istanbul and surrounding province produce cotton, fruit, olive oil, silk, and tobacco. Food processing, textile production, oil products, rubber, metal ware, leather, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, glass, machinery, automotive, transport vehicles, paper and paper products, and alcoholic drinks are among the city's major industrial products.Major Languages: Turkish.Major Religions: Islam.Population: 13.3 Mil (2013 est.).Currency: Turkish New Lira (TRY)Inflation: 8.17% (2013 est.).