• Officially: Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Capital: Baku

Facts

  • Population: 9.9 million (2017)
    • Less than 15 yo: 22.6%
    • More than 65 yo: 6.3%
  • Major languages: Azeri, Russian
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 79 years (women)
  • Main exports: Oil, oil products
  • Currency: Azerbaijani manat

Geography

  • Area: 86,600 sq km (33,400 sq miles)
  • Located in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
  • Bound by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe.
    • East of the European Union.
    • Many consider Azerbaijan an Asian country while others claim it to be part of eastern Europe.

Notes

  • Oil-rich nation
  • Formerly part of the Soviet republic

Tourism

  • Other travellers advise to register with the Immigration office if you stay longer than ten days in Azerbaijan. Failing to do so could lead to heavy fines.
  • Baku is famed for its medieval walled Inner City
    • Baku is the Caucasus largest city
    • Within the Inner City lies the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, and the centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline.
    • Qobustan – ancient petroglyphs, south of Baku
  • Stepanakert, originally called Vararakn, is the capital and the largest city of the de facto Republic of Artsakh, a disputed republic that has no international recognition and deemed part of Azerbaijan
  • Sheki — a beautiful city in a forest mountain setting
  • Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix through the streets of Baku in the spring.

Overlanding

  • The land border between Azerbaijan and Armenia is closed.
  • Obtain and keep safe customs document for the vehicle upon entry.
    • Required to turn them over when you leave.
  • When leaving, there is an import tax ($6 dollars for one motorbike).
  • Baku, Azerbaijan to Aktau, Kazakhstan – Caspian Sea Ferry Crossing
    • $80 per person // $300 for the car // Dogs are free (2018)
    • 30 hour crossing
    • Irregular crossing. When it’s full. When the weather is good.

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