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Azerbaijan

Official English Name: Republic of Azerbaijan

Official Local Name(s): Azərbaycan Respublikası

Common English Name: Azerbaijan

Capital: Baku

REGION
Southwestern Asia
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Russia (North)
Georgia (Northwest)
Armenia (West)
Turkey (West)
Iran (South)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
Caspian Sea (East)
TOTAL AREA
86,600 km2 (95.4% land, 4.6% water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
2,468 km
TOTAL COASTLINE
713 km
CLIMATE
Dry, semiarid steppe
TERRAIN
Large flatland
Mountains in the north
HIGHEST POINT
Bazarduzu Dagi (4,485 m)
LOWEST POINT
Caspian Sea (-28 m)
NATURAL RESOURCES
Petroleum
Natural gas
Iron ore
Nonferrous metals
Bauxite
NATURAL DISASTERS
Droughts
DEMONYM
Azerbaijani
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS
Azerbaijani (91.6%)
Lezgian (2%)
Russian (1.3%)
Armenian (1.3%)
Talysh (1.3%)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
Azeri
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
Russian
Armenian
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Muslim (93.4%)
Russian Orthodox (2.5%),
Armenian Orthodox (2.3%)
POPULATION
9,872,765
LARGEST CITY
Baku (2,122,300)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES
Ganja (825,900)
Sumqayit (298,000)
Mingachevir (100,775)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Republic
HEAD OF STATE
President Ilham Aliyev
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT
Prime Minister Artur Rasizade
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
66 Rayons
11 Cities
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
30 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Flames of fire
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Azerbaijan Marsi
GDP PER CAPITA
$17,800 (USD)
CURRENCY
man. (Azerbaijani Manat)
EXCHANGE RATE
$1 (USD) = man. 1.63
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.az
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+994

Azerbaijanis say that if you meet a person with empty buckets, you are bound for misfortune in the near future.

Watermelons are abundant in Azerbaijan, and are eaten in a very particular way.

pomegranate festival occurs each year in a city called Goychay around late October. The festival features pomegranate-based dishes.

Abayi is a well-known folk dance based around middle-aged men or women. Its origins are in the Shaki and Zaqatala regions of the country.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/aj.html (Majority of information)

http://news.day.az/society/164634.html (City population data)

Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)

Information accurate to best of ability as of 25 October 2016