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Where is Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan is in South-western Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Russia, with a small European portion north of the Caucasus range.

Region: Asia Coordinates: 0° 30" South, 47° 30" East

Azerbaijan map


Azerbaijan Republic

Oil-rich Azerbaijan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 amid political turmoil and against a backdrop of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.

It has been famed for its oil springs and natural gas sources since ancient times, when Zoroastrians, for whom fire is an important symbol, erected temples around burning gas vents in the ground.

Azerbaijan Republic Baku

Traveling by air
There are 36 airports in Azerbaijan, 27 of which are paved.

There are 1 heliports in Azerbaijan.

Traveling by car
There are 27,016 Km of highways in Azerbaijan.

Traveling by water
The most important ports and harbours are in Baku (Baki).

Traveling by train
There are 2,957 Km of railways in Azerbaijan


Caspian Sea

The world's largest lake - the Caspian Sea is situated within the vast continental depression settled over bordering areas of a single Euro-Asia continent.
The Caspian Sea is the world largest lake over 30 million years old. Some day it was connected to the Black Sea and was the residence of the first civilized men. The evidence of such residence along the southern coasts of the lake dates back to the Paleolithic era. The discovery of the skeleton of three men at Huto cave near the city of Behshahr proves that man has been residing in the area for the past 75,000 years ago. Therefore, the civilized man has been residing there not less than 10,000 years. Given the background of man's residence at the Caspian Sea coast, it is natural for various tribes to have resided there. This makes us to take on an unbiased approach towards the names of this vast waterway -- which is the cultural heritage of several tribes -- and the geographical and historical facts about it.

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Five nations border the Caspian's shores: Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Russian Federation. The Caspian is completely landlocked, causing a controversy over whether it is a sea or a lake. Some have predicted that the Caspian holds only slightly less oil than the Persian Gulf.

The northern part of the sea is home to 33 mammal species, 289 plant species and 256 bird species. 120 species of migrating birds, sometimes (even flamingos!) winter on the eastern shores. The Caspian is home to seven different sturgeon species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. All told the sea hold's 90% of the world's sturgeon. The endangered Caspian seal and the magnificent white tailed sea-eagle, both call the Caspian Sea home. 120 different kinds of fish live in the Caspian

The Caspian Sea has a mean depth of about 170 m (about 550 ft) and is deepest in the south. Its level varies from year to year but averages about 28 m (92 ft) below sea level. In the 1960s and 1970s the level fell substantially, partly because water was withdrawn from tributary rivers for irrigation and other purposes. In 1980 a dike was built across the mouth of Garabogazköl Gulf in northwestern Turkmenistan to reduce water loss, creating a lake that was expected to last for several years. Instead, the gulf dried up completely by 1983. In the meantime, the level of the Caspian Sea began rising again at a rate of about 14 to 20 cm (about 6 to 8 in) annually.


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Azerbaijan currency

Manat (AYM). Notes are in denominations of AYM 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins: 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1 (gepigh)

Currency exchange
US Dollar, Pound Sterling and the Euro are the preferred currencies and can be exchanged at the airport, bureaux de change, all hotels, some restaurants and major banks. However, many local hotels, exchange bureaux and restaurants will not accept dollar bills dated before 1992 or those which are torn or in any way disfigured. Travellers are advised to take banknotes in small denominations and change small amounts of money as required. Rates offered by banks and bureaux de change are unlikely to vary significantly.

Credit debit cards
Generally Azerbaijan is a cash-only economy. However, credit cards are accepted in the major hotels, some restaurants and all banks in Baku. Credit cards can be used to purchase tickets at the airport.

Traveller's cheques
Generally not accepted.

Currency restrictions
The import and export of local currency is permitted for residents of Azerbaijan provided the amount is declared on the customs declaration. The import of foreign currency is unlimited although it must be declared on arrival. The export of foreign currency for non-residents is limited up to the amount declared on arrival. The export of foreign currency for residents is limited up to US$10,000 or equivalent; amounts in excess of US$1000 or equivalent are subject to 1 per cent tax.

Azerbaijan currency
Azerbaijan currency
Azerbaijan currency - 1 AYM (Azerbaijan Yeni Manat)
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Azerbaijan currency


Azerbaijan flag

Azerbaijan flag

Three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), red, and green; a crescent and eight-pointed star in white are centred in red band.

The flag of Azerbaijan was officially adopted on February 5, 1991.

After gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, this flag, dating back to 1920, was hoisted for all to see. It features three equal horizontal bands of blue, red, and green. A crescent and eight-pointed star, symbols of Islam, are centered in the red band.

Azerbaijan flag


Heydar Alirza oglu Aliyev, national leader of Azerbaijan people

Heydar Alirza oglu Aliyev was born on 10 May 1923 in the city of Nakhchivan of Azerbaijan. In 1939, after graduating from the Nakhchivan Pedagogical School, he studied at the architectural department of the Azerbaijan Industrial Institute (now the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy). The incipient war impeded to complete his education.

Since 1941, Heydar Aliyev was the head of the department at the People Commissariat of Internal Affairs and People's Commissariat of Soviet of Nakhchivan ASSR and in 1944 he was sent to work at the state security bodies. Working since that time in the security bodies, Heydar Aliyev since 1964 held the post of deputy chairman, and since 1967 - chairman of the Committee of State Security under the Cabinet of Soviet Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic, and he was conferred the rank of lieutenant general. In these years, he received special higher education in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), and in 1957, he graduated from the history department of Azerbaijan State University.

Heydar Aliyev


Being elected at the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan in July 1969 as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev headed the Republic. In December 1982, Heydar Aliyev had been elected as Alternate member of Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was appointed at the post of the first deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR and became one of the leaders of the USSR. During twenty years, Heydar Aliyev was the Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and for five years he was the Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

In October 1987, Heydar Aliyev, as a sign of protest against the policy pursued by Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and personally by the Secretary General Michael Gorbachev, he resigned from his post.

In bound with the tragedy, committed on 20 January, 1990 in Baku by the soviet troops, Heydar Aliyev appearing on the next day at the Azerbaijan Representation in Moscow with a statement, demanded to punish the organizers and executors of the crime, committed against the people of Azerbaijan. As a sign of protest against the hypocritical policy of leadership of the USSR, in connection with the critical conflict occurred in Nagorno-Karabakh, in July, 1991, he left the ranks of Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

By his return in July, 1990 to Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev lived at first in Baku, then in Nakhchivan, and in the same year he was elected as the Deputy to the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan. In 1991-1993, he held the post of Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Soviet (Milli Mejlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 1992, at the constituent congress of the New Azerbaijan Party in Nakhchivan, Heydar Aliyev, was elected as the Chairman of the Party.

In May-June, 1993, when, as the result of extreme tension of the governmental crisis, the country was at the verge of civil war and loss of independence, the people of Azerbaijan demanded to bring to power Heydar Aliyev. The then leaders of Azerbaijan were obliged to officially invite Heydar Aliyev to Baku. On 15 June, 1993, Heydar Aliyev was elected as the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Azerbaijan, and on 24 July - on resolution of the Milli Mejlis (National Assembly), he managed to perform the powers of the President of Azerbaijan Republic.

On October 3, 1993, as the result of nationwide voting, Heydar Aliyev was elected as the President of Azerbaijan Republic. On October 11, 1998, having garnered at the elections, held in conditions of full activity of the population, 76,1 percent of the votes, he was re-elected as the President of Azerbaijan Republic. Heydar Aliyev, giving his consent to be nominated as a candidate at the 15 October, 2003 presidential elections, relinquished to run at the elections in connection with his health problems.

Heydar Aliyev was conferred a number of international awards, the title of honorary doctor of numerous countries, and other high honors. He was conferred for four times with the Lenin Order, the Order of Krasnaya Zvezda and many medals, and twice Hero of Socialist Labor, was awarded by Orders and medals of many foreign states.

Historical destiny of Azerbaijan, covering the period of over the last thirty years, was inseparably linked with the name of Heydar Aliyev. Revival of the people during these years in all spheres of its socio-political, economic and cultural life is connected just with his name.
During the said period of his leadership, Heydar Aliyev helped his native land Azerbaijan, the progress that he persistently strived for, the rich culture, great historical past which he was always proud of, and the coming generations whom he was concerned about, to overcome as a state hard and terrible ordeals of time.

Being an outstanding politician and statesman, indisputable leader of the nation, he was a live legend, and therefore, the Heydar Aliyev phenomenon always attracted attention. The admiration the rapid political activity of this nationwide leader admired the Azerbaijanis of world and was widely illuminated both in the Republican and world press.

In June, 1993, when the people of Azerbaijan believed that the national statehood was menaced by a breakdown, when there began the hardest days, it insistently demanded change of the existing power, and since that time relied its destiny on Heydar Aliyev. Heydar Aliyev, seeing misfortune of his nation, accepted the invitation and returned to great politics in Azerbaijan. The people welcomed the return of Heydar Aliyev with a hope and joy, and this day went down in history of the independent Azerbaijan as the Day of National Salvation.

Information taken from

Photograph from


Ilham Aliyev.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.


  • Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev was born in December 24 of 1961 in Baku.
  • From 1967 through 1977 he studied in school in Baku.
  • In 1977 he entered Moscow State University of International Relations (MSUIR).
  • After its graduation in 1982 Mr. I.Aliyev continued his education as post graduate student in MSUIR.
  • In 1985 he finalized his research and received PHD in history.
  • From 1985 through 1990 he was a lecturer of Moscow State University of International Relations.
  • From 1991 through 1994 he led a group of private industrial-commercial enterprises.
  • From 1994 through 2003 he was a vise-president, and later a first vise-president of State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). He was actively involved into the implementation of "Heydar Aliyev's oil strategy".
Ilham Aliyev
  • He is author of a number of researches on geopolitical aspects of oil strategy of sovereign Azerbaijan. He is Doctor of Political Sciences.
  • In 1995 and 2000 he was twice elected to Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2003 he stopped his activity as a member of Parliament due to the appointment to the post of Prime minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Since 1997 he is the President of National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan. For his great contribution to the development of sports and Olympic movement Mr. Aliyev was awarded the highest order of International Olympic Committee.
  • Was elected in 1999 deputy chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party in power, first deputy chairman in 2001 and chairman of the Party in 2005.
  • From 2001 through 2003 he was the head of Azerbaijani Parliamentary delegation to Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE).
  • In January of 2003 he was elected as Deputy-Chairman of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe and member of bureau of PACE.
  • In April of 2004 for his active participation in PACE events and commitment to European values Mr.Aliyev was awarded a medal and diploma of honorable member of PACE.
  • In August 4 of 2003 after confirmation of Milli Majlis (Parliament) he was appointed as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • In October 15 of 2003 he was elected as the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. More than 76 % of voters supported Ilham Aliyev's candidacy during the elections. He assumed his post in October 31 of 2003.
  • Mr. Aliyev is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English, French and Turkish.
  • Mr. I. Aliyev is married, has three children.

(Information and photograph are taken from


  Azerbaijan worldwide

Azerbaijan embassy

Embassy of Azerbaijan in Beijing, China - Embassy of Azerbaijan in Beijing, China -
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moscow, Russia - Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moscow, Russia -
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Pakistan - Embassy of Azerbaijan in Pakistan -
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, United States of America - Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, United States of America

Embassy of Azerbaijan in London, United Kingdom - 4 Kensington Court London W8 5DL.  Tel: (020) 7938 5482/3412 Fax: (020) 7937 17 83  E-mail:

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations - 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 560, New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 371-2559, 2832, 2721 Fax: (212) 371-2784, 2672 -

Embassies in Azerbaijan

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Embassy of Italy in Azerbaijan-
Embassy of France in Baku (Azerbaijan)-
Embassy of Rusian Federation in Azerbaijan-

Azerbaijan embassy London

Embassy of Azerbaijan in London, United Kingdom

4 Kensington Court
London W8 5DL 

Telephone: (020) 7938 5482/3412
Fax:          (020) 7937 1783

Nearest Underground Tube station: High Street Kensington.

Azerbaijan visa


Country Passport Required Visa Required Return Ticket Required
Other EU

Passports: Passport valid for at least three months after date of return required by all.

Visas: Required by all except nationals of CIS countries (except nationals of Armenia and Turkmenistan who do require visas).

Types of visa and cost: Tourist, Private, Business and Transit: £27 (single-entry); £54 (double-entry); £167 (multiple-entry). Express visas: £35 (single-entry); £70 (double-entry); £230 (multiple-entry).
Note: Multiple-entry visas are only available for Business or Private visits.

Application requirements: (a) Completed application form. (b) Two recent passport-size photos. (c) Valid passport. (d) Fee. Tourist: (a)-(d) and, (e) Letter of invitation from a travel agency in Azerbaijan or evidence of confirmed hotel reservation. Private: (a)-(d) and, (e) Letter of invitation from a person resident in Azerbaijan, processed through the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku. Business: (a)-(d) and, (e) Letter of invitation from a company registered in Azerbaijan. Transit: (a)-(d) and, (e) Confirmed onward travel documentation. (f) Valid entry requirements for onward destination.

Note: Applications may be sent in by post, but must be collected from the Embassy either by the applicant or by a third party in possession of a letter of authorisation signed by the applicant.


  Azerbaijan Directory

BP Azerbaijan -

BP office in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan Business Unit
2, Neftchilar prospecti (Bailov)
Villa Petrolea
AZ1003 Baku
Phone: +99 412 97 90 00
Fax: +99 412 97 96 02
Employment enquiries
Contact: Mehriban Eyubova
Job Title
Resourcing Co-ordinator
Azerbaijan Business Unit
Neftchilar prospecti (Bailov)
Villa Petrolea
AZ1003 Baku
Phone: +99 412 97 90 00
Fax: +99 412 97 96 02

BP has been in Azerbaijan since 1992. They ’re also at work just off the coast, in the Caspian Sea, exploring and developing offshore oil and gas resources. They ’re managing the construction of two major pipelines as well, stretching from the Caspian to the Turkish coast.

In September 1994 BP Azerbaijan together with a consortium of foreign oil companies signed a 30-year joint development contract for the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) area of the Caspian. Oil production began in Chirag back in 1997, followed by Central Azeri and West Azeri. East Azeri is due to start producing oil in 2007. Deepwater production at Gunashli is expected to begin in 2008.

Most of the gas released during production will be injected back into the reservoir, to maintain pressure. Some may be used as fuel on the platforms, while surplus gas will be piped inland for domestic use.


Bank of Azerbaijan

National Bank of Azerbaijan Republic -

International Bank of Azerbaijan -

World Bank Group - Azerbaijan -

121 Yusuf Vezir st.
Baku 37-00-58
Tel: 90-61-49 / 53
Fax: 90-52-52
88 Samad Vurgun st.
Baku 370002
Tel: 94-12-30
Fax: 93-91-51
61 Jafar Jabbarly Street 
Tel: 98-43-58, 93-63-90 
Fax: 98-08-91 
61 Nobel av.
Baku 370026
Tel: 67-58-78
Fax: 67-61-28
111 Rasul Rza st.
Baku 370014
Tel. 94-24-07 / 30
Fax: 98-10-18
Atlant Bank
43 Khalilov str, Baku
Tel: 976-986
Fax: 976-989
14 Samad Vurgun Street 
Tel: 93-50-07,93-08-32 
Fax: 98-57-76 
1 Azadlyg av.
Baku 370000
Tel. 989317
Fax 969280
Capital Investment Bank
3 Azerbaijan Avenue 
Tel: 93-49-49, 93-01-45 
Fax: 93-84-50 
Credit Lyonnais
6/8 Asaf Zeynally Street, Ichari Shekher 
Tel: 92-15-10 
Fax: 93-80-40 
Debut Bank
38 Azerbaijan Avenue 
Tel: 98-85-22 
Fax: 93-25-70 
Dresdner Bank
340 Nizami Street, ISR Plaza, floor 5 
Tel: 97-23-09, 97-23-11, 97-23-10
Gafgaz Inkishaf Bank
47 B.Mejidov Street 
Tel: 97-51-51, 97-32-72 
Fax: 97-12-22
4/6 Rasul Rza Street 
Tel: 93-64-52, 98-14-29 
Fax: 98-14-39 

International Bank of Azerbaijan
(Azerbaycan Cumhuriyeti Uluslararasi Bankasi)
67 Nizami Street 
Tel: 93-03-07, 93-41-59 
Fax: 93-40-91
5 Rasul Rza st.
Baku, 370000
Tel. 989826
Fax 988124
National Bank of Azerbaijan
32 Rashid Beybutov Street 
Tel: 93-11-22, 93-12-52 
Fax: 93-33-83 
National Bank of Pakistan
3/5-13 Rasul Rza st.
Baku 370000
Tel. 93-41-35
Fax  93-41-35
Sahin Mustafayev kuc27\121
Baku 1033
6 Azadlig av
Tel. 981945, 988929
Fax: 983314
69 Fizuli Street, 370014 
Tel: 97-31-32, 97-42-41 
Fax: 95-95-84 
18 Khagani st.
Tel. 939806
Fax 930049
Royal Bank of Baku
72, 28 May str. 
Tel: + 99412 493 18 81 
Fax: + 99412 498 13 17
Ruzu Commercial Bank
Istiglaliyat st,
Baku 370055
Tel. 927201, 925742
Fax 927812
Societe Generale
340 Nizami Street, ISR Plaza 
Tel: 97-44-14,97-44-34 
Fax: 97-44-74
Universal Bank
44/46 Medjidov st.
Tel. 973034
Fax 973029
World Bank
91/95 Mirza Mansur st.
Baku 370004
Tel. 921941
Fax 921479
59 Fizuli
Tel: 98-81-05
Fax: 93-41-90


International Bank of Azerbaijan -



Baku, Azerbaijan
67 Nizami str.

International Bank of Azerbaijan

Zip code



International Bank of Azerbaijan



+ 994 12 4930091

International Bank of Azerbaijan



+ 994 12 4934091

International Bank of Azerbaijan

International Bank of Azerbaijan



The International Bank of Azerbaijan is the largest financial and credit institute in the region rendering wide range of banking services. The IBA’s customer base includes over 300.000 private and over 20.000 legal bodies. The IBA’s achievements have been recognized by esteemed international institutes and publications such as “Euromoney” magazine (“Best Bank of Azerbaijan”), “The Banker” magazine (“Bank of the Year in Azerbaijan”), “Global Finance” (“best Bank of Developing Markets of the World” in the Central Caucasus region)., Geneva Higher Institute of Business and Management and Switzerland Business-Club (“Golden Medallion” award). Besides this, in 2003 “Global Finance” magazine included IBA in the list of the top 16 banks in Asian region, which provide Internet Banking. International Rating Agency Fitch IBCA gave “BB-” rate on long-term operations. Today, the Bank is a key part of IBA financial group including: “The International Bank of Azerbaijan - Moscow”, International Insurance Company, processing company “Azericard”, “Azerileasing Company”, reinsurance company InterProtect Re AG. The Bank’s service network makes 36 branches, over 100 outlets and mini-offices and covers over 30 cities in the republic. Over last years IBA confirmed its status as the leading national credit institute and transformed into a National Development Bank.


Azerbaijan International -

Azerbaijan International magazine is an independent publication committed to the discussion of issues related to Azerbaijanis around the world. Established in 1993.

The Magazine
Produced quarterly since 1993. Contains about 100 pages each issue.

Contains more than 1700 articles on a wide range of subjects including art, music, literature, health, environment, international relations, business, trends and transitions.

The Staff
Los Angeles
Editor: Betty Blair
Publisher: Pirouz Khanlou

Administrative Coordinator - Gulnar Aydamirova
Editorial Assistant- Ulviyya Mammadova
Editorial Assistant - Aisha Jaffarova
Columnist - Aida Huseinova
Columnist - Farid Alakbarli
Photographer: Elman Gurbanov

Los Angeles Office
Box 5217, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA
Tel: (310) 440-0800
WEB Sites:,,, and, AI Store

Baku Office
7 Alizade Street, Azerbaijan
Tel: (994-12) 498-9353
Fax: (994-12) 498-3181


Azerbaijan Oil

Azerbaijan, the oldest known oil producing region in the world, experienced an oil boom at the beginning of the 20th century and later served as a major refining centre in the former Soviet Union. Oil production peaked at about 500,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) during World War II, then fell significantly after the 1950s as the Soviet Union redirected resources elsewhere.

Azerbaijan's has 1.2 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, as well as enormous possible reserves in undeveloped offshore Caspian fields. However production declined following Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, falling to an estimated 180,000 bbl/d in 1997, but has known some recovery reaching almost 311,000 bbl/d in 2001. Over 80% of Azerbaijan's oil production currently comes from offshore, with a significant percentage coming from the shallow-water section of the Gunashli field, located 100 km off the Azeri coast. Development of new fields through joint ventures and PSAs in the Caspian Sea likely will boost Azerbaijan's oil production well beyond its earlier peak, with predictions that Azerbaijani oil exports could exceed 1 million bbl/d by 2010 and 2 million bbl/d within 20 years.

In what was described as "the deal of the century", an international consortium - the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) - signed an 8 billion Euros, 30-year contract in September 1994 to develop three fields - Azeri, Chirag, and the deepwater portions of Gunashli - with total reserves estimated at 3-5 billion barrels. Oil revenues are projected to be roughly 80 billion Euros over the thirty year life of the AIOC and Azerbaijan will realize 80% of these revenues. Almost all of Azerbaijan's oil production increases since 1997 have come from AIOC, which is operated by BP. From November 1997 through the end of 2001, AIOC had produced a total of 133.5 million barrels of oil, mostly from the Chirag-1 stationary platform.



Since 1996, over $4 billion has been invested in the country's oil sector, and Natik Aliyev, president of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR), has stated that he expects investment in the country's oil sector to surpass $60 billion.  


Azerbaijan Ministry

Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan Republic

Ministry of Public Health of Azerbaijan Republic

Ministry of Culture of the Azerbaijan Republic

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Azerbaijan Republic

Ministry of Communication

Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic

Ministry of Taxes

Ministry of Economic Development

Department of State Property


Capital of Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital and the largest city of Republic of Azerbaijan. The city is situated on the Western Coast of the Caspian Sea in the southern part of the Apsheron Peninsula in the latitude of 40º23' and in the longitude of 49º51'. The city boundaries of Great Baku include a vast territory with an area of nearly 2.2 thousand, which is not only the city itself, but also a vast municipal agglomeration. From the administrative point of view Baku is divided into 11 districts – Azizbayov, Binagady, Garadagh, Narimanov, Nasimi, Nizami, Sabail, Sabunchu, Khatai, Surakhany and Yasamal.

The central part of the city is situated in the amphitheatre with descending terraces towards the Baku Bay. The layout of Baku is rectangular, only in the oldest part of the city within the fortress walls the streets are crooked and narrow. In the centre and along the highways the construction is dense and it is free in the outskirts.

The suburbs of Baku are the centres of oil extraction where the enterprises of railway transportation, of machine-building and construction materials (quarries of stone blocks, cement and lime production) are located and where one can see mineral sources (Shikh, Surakhany). In the vicinities of the city there are a number of mud volcanoes (Keyraki, Bogkh-bogkha, Lokbatan and others) and salt lakes (Boyukshor, Khodasan and others). The boundaries of the city include a health resort area of the Apsheron Peninsula with coastal beaches. The coastal area of Baku is 28 m below the world ocean level.


The Climate of the Apsheron Peninsula where Baku is situated is moderately warm with hot dry summer and short mild winter. Being situated in the same latitude with Greece and Italy, Apsheron is distinguished by higher average annual temperature and less quantity of precipitation. The Caspian Sea does not freeze in this latitude, therefore the Baku seaport functions all the year round. The average annual temperature of Baku and that of the Earth come together to the tenth portions (14.2ºC). The average temperature in July is +26ºC, in January it is +3ºC. The precipitation is from 180 mm to 300 mm a year. The southwestern part of Great Baku is a more arid part of Azerbaijan. The precipitation here is less than 150 mm a year. Strong northern winds “Khazri” and southern winds – “Gilavar” are typical here.

The population of Baku officially comprised about 1.8 million people in the year of 2000, though unofficially it has long overstepped the boundaries of two million. The intensive growth of the population started in the middle of the XIX century when Baku was a small town with the population of about 7 thousand people all in all.



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Azerbaijan TV

TV - programme:

Azerbaijan TV on-line
Ictimai TV Azerbaijan Public Television
Azerbaijan TV
GunAZ TV Azerbaijan music, politics and life discussions
Azerbaijan TV
AZ-TV Azerbaijan TV and Radio station
Azerbaijan TV
Azerbaijan TV


State TV & Radio Broadcasting Company of Azerbaijan Republic - AzTV -

Life broadcasting: AzTV - mms://, Radio - mms://

Azerbaijan News Service - ANS -


  Travel to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan embassy London

Embassy of Azerbaijan in London, United Kingdom

4 Kensington Court
London W8 5DL 

Telephone: (020) 7938 5482/3412
Fax:          (020) 7937 1783

Nearest Underground Tube station: High Street Kensington.

Hotels in Azerbaijan

Hotel Ambassador Baku Azerbaijan
934, Samad Vurgun str, Baku, Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 5 Star Hotel

Crescent Beach Hotel Baku Azerbaijan
Salyan Highway, Shikhov, Baku, Azerbaija
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Oasis Hotel Baku Azerbaijan
Bakikhanov Street 370065 Baku Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Teyara Hotel Baku Azerbaijan
Baku Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Gef Exclusive Azerbaijan
AZ 1000, 123, J.Hajibeyli str. Azerbaijan,
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Delfin Azerbaijan
Baku-Sumgayit 9th km Highway, AZ 1609 Azerbaijan,
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Musado Azerbaijan
AZ 1000, 51, Xatai str. Azerbaijan,
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Diplomat Azerbaijan
Mardakan, Sahil beach, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Irshad Baku Azerbaijan
11-a Vagif ul., Baku, 370007, Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Khazar Golden Beach Hotel & Resort Azerbaijan
Mardakan, Sahil beach, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Respublika Hotel Baku Azerbaijan
15 Istiglaliat street Baku Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

East Legend Panorama Hotel Baku Azerbaijan
AZE Bail district. Khanlar str,38, Azerbaijan,
Hotel Rating : 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Altstadt Baku Azerbaijan
3/2a Mamedyarova str, Icheri Shekher, AZ 1001, Baku, Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Absheron Baku Azerbaijan
674 Azadlig ploschad, Baku, 370000, Azerbaijan,
Hotel Rating : 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Intourist Baku Azerbaijan
63 Nevchilyar prosp., Baku, 370004, Azerbaijan,
Hotel Rating : 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Old City Inn Azerbaijan
10/16 Maly Krepostnoy pereulok, Baku, 370001, Azerbaijan
Hotel Rating : 3 Star Hotel

Azerbaijan airways

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) Baku Office

66/68, 28th May Street
Tel.: 93-71-21, 93-40-04 
Fax: 98-15-45

Azerbaijan Airlines Hub Airports:

Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport (BAK)
Azerbaijan Airlines destinations

Azerbaijan Airlines operates domestic and international flights to CIS, Europe, Asia, Americas.

London Airports serviced by Azerbaijan Airlines:

London Gatwick (LGW)

Azerbaijan Airlines London Office:

Rooms 842-843, Norfolk House
South Terminal, London Gatwick Airport,
West Sussex, RH6 ONN
Telephone: (44-8707) 605 757
                (44-1293) 568 000
Fax:          (44-1293) 568 222

About Azerbaijan Airlines

The first regular passenger flights started in 1923. Before 1991, when Azerbaijan Republic became independent, "Azerbaijan Airlines” was part of “Aeroflot”. Back then, the airline was operating only regional and domestic flights within the Soviet Union. Nowadays, “Azerbaijan Airlines” is a national carrier and covers international destinations, as well.

AZAL is a state owned conglomerate, which inherited the Aeroflot structure. The company controls most the aviation field in Azerbaijan, besides being an airline it also is in areas such as: airports, basic maintenance, traffic control systems, catering, refuelling, security, and even the National Civil Aviation Academy!

Azerbaijan Airlines website:


Flights to azerbaijan

There are quite a few companies carrying flights to Azerbaijan.

The  airport is approximately 25 kilometres east from downtown Baku (travel time: approx. 40 minutes), one kilometre off the Baku-Mardakan road. If you are coming from Baku you will see the access road on your left, in front of an open air market.  The central building is the domestic and CIS terminal (use the left entrance for Nakhchivan flights). To the left side is located the international terminal, and in front of it, across the often chaotic parking lot, you'll find the airport hotel. Most flight arrive at night so it is prudent to have an hotel booking.

Avoid taxis offered by drivers in the customs area, they will cost much more than those just outside the airport building. Choose a licensed car with a TAXI sign. The trip from the airport to the centre of the city costs about 20 manat (less than 20 Euro).
If you don't have a lot of luggage, you have the alternative of  taking Bus No. 16 to the city, which costs approximately half manat, the bus-stop is just outside the arrivals zone and leaves you at the AZAL office in Baku (on 28th May st). There are several other buses that stop just in front of the market, if you are willing to walk a few minutes.
The airport code for Baku is "GYD" (this will be of use in the West, with less experienced travel agency staff, who never heard of Azerbaijan.) The airport code used to be the more obvious "BAK" but was replaced when the airport was renamed after Geydar Aliyev (ICAO Code: UBBB).
On arrival, when crossing the border always declare to have some cash with you, since you cannot leave the country with more money than you brought in. If you want to get manats on arrival, there is a cash machine on the international terminal, 1st floor.


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