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AZERBAIJAN

Azärbaycan Respublikasının, Азербайджанской Республики

 

 

Sections

General Background
News
Politics & History
Nagorno Karabakh
Domestic politics
Petroleum and the economy
Ethnic rivalries
Refugees
General history
Government
Security
Military
Police
NGOs
Language
Culture
Religion
Food
Music
Business
Internet
Travel
Photos
Maps
Agdam
Baku
Ganja
Xankandi
Dictionary
Currency Converter
Dialing Codes
 
 

Region

Armenia
Georgia
Iran
Russia
Chechnya
 
 

Important!

Links in red are to non-English websites.

A language note: The Azeri schwa letter (upside-down "e") is represented on this webpage by an umlauted a - "ä".

 
   

General Background

Current local time is (GMT+4/DST+5)
Department of State, Background Note
CIA World Fact Book
As always, fully updated but only statistical info.
Wikipedia
A very good source.
EU, Country Profile
British Foreign Office, Country Profile
Library of Congress, Country Study
Last update was MAR94, so it's only useful for the historical info and general social/political outlines.
 
 

Current News

Eurasianet.org, Azerbaijan Archive
Good news and analysis on all CIS countries at this site.
Caucasian Knot, News, Azerbaijan
Constantly updated, with a focus on human rights issues.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting: Caucasus

Newspapers

Baku Today
Today.az
AzerNews
525-ci Gazet
Regnum.ru

Blogs

Registan
Covering all of Central Asia, with a frequent focus on Azerbaijan.
Carpetblogger
US-expat in Baku. More culture than politics. (The author has since moved to Ukraine, but there may still be current reporting on Azerbaijan and the archives remain a rich source for cultural info.)
Blogrel
US-expat in Armenia. Direct link to posts categorized under Azerbaijan.
New Eurasia: Azerbaijan
Infrequent posting, but excellent when they come. See the rest of the site for more Central Asia news/analysis.

Government affiliated

Bank of Baku
Financial news.
Azertag
State information agency.
AzTV, News
The State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company of Azerbaijan Republic.
Our Century
Pro-government weekly newspaper.
 
 

Politics & History

It would be a good idea for the newcomer to Azeri affairs to first review the sources found under General Background in order to gain a familiarty with the country's concerns and ultimately a better understanding of them.

 

Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno Karabakh is still one of the most significant features of Azerbaijan's domestic and international agenda. A simple Google search will reveal several useful sources regarding the conflict. Here I hope to present a quick selection of the best of those and more.

 

 
 

Domestic Politcs

 

 
 

Petroleum and the economy

US Energy Information Administration (EIA): Country Analysis Brief
Also with info on the broader Caspian Sea Region
First Exchange: Caspian Oil Industry News
First Exchange: Azerbaijan: List of Reports
 
 

Ethnic rivalries

 

 
 

Refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Azerbaijan
Much useful background and current information. Plus a nice (but depressing) map here (PDF)
US Committee for Refugees (USCR) - Azerbaijan
 
 

General history

 

 
 

Government

Comprehensive listing of state and government links

Office of the President
Milli Meclis (Parliament)
Central Election Commission
Standing Commission of the Milli Mejlis on Human Rights
Ministries:
Ministry of Internal Affairs (az)
Ministry of Education (az)
Government affiliations:
GUUAM
Organization linking Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
 
 

Security

Military:
Military of Azerbaijan (Wikipedia)
Defence in the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerb.com)
The Emerging Army in Azerbaijan, by Patrick Gorman
A 1993 article from the Central Asia Monitor.
Army, Air Force and Navy rank insignia
Joint Contact Team Program, USEUCOM, ODC
Website has since been deactivated. Link to archive.com's last caching of it provided for informational purposes.
Police:
Ministry of Internal Affairs (az)
MIA - Police Academy
 
 

NGOs

The United Nations Office in Azerbaijan
 
 

Language

• Statistics from the CIA World Fact Book: Azerbaijani (Azeri) 89%, Russian 3%, Armenian 2%, other 6% (1995 est.)

• Russian is also widely understood in Azerbaijan. See our separate page on Russian for more.

Travlang, Azeri phrases with sound clips
Click on the Azeri flag to go to the phrases.
English-Azerbaijani Phrasebook
From Azerbaijan Internet Links
Omniglot - Azeri alphabets
For history on the many alphabets see here as a first stop, from AI: Early Alphabets in Azerbaijan
CenAsiaNet
Distance learning of the Azerbaijani language
AZERI.org - All about the Azeri Language
An excellent site for a more detailed look at the language. If you have any serious interest in the language, or even Azerbaijan in general, I'm sure you'll have read this entire site in no time! Be sure to check out the rest of the invaluable resources at Azerbaijan International.
AI - Sociolinguistically Speaking
Azerbaijan International published a series of articles explaining language in the social context. It is good not only for understanding the language but also for becoming familiar with some typical mannerisms in Azeri culture. These are some highlights:
Taboos and Euphemisms
Saying "Hello"
Getting to Know You
Saying Goodbye
Apologizing
Concepts of Time
AI - Names: History in a Nutshell
20th Century Personal Naming Practices in Azerbaijan
The Alternative Dictionary
WARNING! Page contains strong language. Please do not visit it if you are easily offended.
Listen to spoken Azeri:
Amerika Säsi Radiyosu
VOA in Azerbaijan.
BBC Azärbaycan Servisi
BBC's world service in Azeri.
More radio stations here
 
 

Culture

Azerb.com - A to Z of Azerbaijan
Explanations of all things Azeri.
Virtual Azerbaijan Republic
An internet portal/welcome site.
Azerbaijan Internet Links
Baku Pages
YouTube.com
Not specific to Azerbaijan, but it does have many videos, especially music videos, from the area. Try searches on "azerbaijan" for starters or more specific terms.
 
 

Religion

• Statistics from the CIA World Fact Book: Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8% (1995 est.) NOTE: religious affiliation is still nominal in Azerbaijan; percentages for actual practicing adherents are much lower.

Article 18 of the Azeri Constitution mandates no state religion and expresses a right for all religions to practice freely under the law.

Religion in Azerbaijan
A good overview of the religious evolution of Azerbaijan and current trends.

Islam

Wikipedia: Islam in Azerbaijan

Christianity

Eastern Orthodox background

Russian Orthodox background

Armenian Orthodox background

Judaism

Jewish History of Azerbaijan

 
 

Food

Azerbaijan Cookery
A section of the Azeroo web portal, on cuisine with several typical Azeri recipes.
Azerbaijan International: Food! Glorious Food!
The August 2000 issue, focusing on cuisine in Azerbaijan.
Google Directory
A few more links.
 
 

Music

Find an Azeri radio station online
Mz Records
A very good radio station! Modern Azeri music and more streamed over the web.
Mugham
MP3 sites:
(Make sure what you're downloading is legal before doing it. I cannot vouch for the day-to-day-status of these sites.)
Azerimp3
One of the best selections of Azeri pop music online.
mp3-az.com
mp3.az
 
 

Sport and Games

Azeri Football
Complete overview of the Azeri soccer scene.
Backgammon
Backgammon is a popular game in Azerbaijan. This site lists several variants of the game (not necessarily ones played in AZ), but really the traditional style, without doubling cube, is all you need to know.
 
 

Business

Internet

Netty Awards: National awards for internet design (ru) (az)
 
 
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Travel

Consular Information Sheet
A must-read for first time travellers anywhere.
US Embassy, Baku

An invaluable book, the only reliable book on travel in Azerbaijan is Azerbaijan, with excursions to Georgia by Mark Elliott. The latest edition is the 3rd, June 2004. You might find a discount on it at Froogle.

 
 

Photos

Flickr photos tagged with Azerbaijan
 
 

Maps

Soviet Union, General Staff - Topographic - 1984 - 1 : 100 000
Old Soviet era maps in Cyrillic.
Many useful maps on all regions of the country, urban and rural, up to date, can be found in the above mentioned book by Mark Elliott.
 
 

Region Profile: Ganja

Ganca.net
A semi-official site. Complete with a street map, yellow pages, etc. Good history and cultural info also.
OSI's Ganja Education Information Center
Wikipedia: Ganja
Azerbaijan Development Gateway: Ganca
 
 

Region Profile: AGDAM

NOTE: Travel is not recommended to Agdam. The region is currently held by Armenian military forces.

Azerb.com - Agdam (Aghdam)
Aghdam
A few pictures of the ruined town (from a pro-Armenian website!)
Azerbaijan Development Gateway
 
 
   

Dictionary

Provided by Polyglot

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Currency

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Pictures of Azeri banknotes, past and present

National Bank of Azerbaijan

 

Dialing Codes

Country code: 994
City codes:
Baku: 12
Ali-Bayramli: 297
Astara: 295
Ganja: 261
Kurdamir: 245
Lenkoran: 271
Mingechavir: 247
Nakhchivan: 236
Sheki: 277
Xachmas: 272
How to dial Azerbaijan
When should I call?
 
 

 

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