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Azerbaijan

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

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Country Name

Azerbaijan or the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Location

Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, It is bordered by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west, and Iran to the south.



Capital

Baku.



Reason Of Naming

The words "Azer" means "fire" in Persian and "baijan," means "home". And the reason for the name "Azerbaijan" is because of the volcanoes which were active in this country and so it has been described in the books of history as a "land of fire". It was also said to have been named as similar to a city in Iran (Explains that the designation of Azerbaijan has been chosen to rob a cultural and historical center from Iran), Which was translated from Iran to "Adarbakan".




Flag

The flag of Azerbaijan was adopted on February 5, 1991. The flag consists of three horizontal lines from the top: Blue, Red, and Green, and the crescent and the star are eight limbs in the middle of the red line.

Blue represents "Turkish people", Red " refers to progress", and Green refers to "Islam". The crescent and the star are a symbol of Islam, and the eight stars represent the eight branches of the Turkish people, the population races of the state.



Language

The official language is Azerbaijani, which belongs to the Turkish language family. Russian and English play important roles as second or third languages in education and communications. There are dozens of other languages used in the country, such as Armenian, Georgian and other languages spoken by minorities.




Religion

Azerbaijan is an Islamic country with 95% of the population and the rest of the population being Christians. The Shiites in Azerbaijan make up the majority of Muslims, 70% of the population, while the remaining 25% are Hanafis and Shafa'is.

Currency

Azerbaijani Manat (₼) (AZN).






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