Quick Facts

  • Official name: Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Has been in a land dispute with Armenia since 1988.
  • Independence: 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
  • Area: 86,600 sq. km (slightly smaller than Maine)
  • Nationality: Azerbaijani
  • Ethnic groups: Azerbaijani 91.6%, Lezgian 2%, Russian 1.3%, Armenian 1.3%, Talysh 1.3%, other 2.4%
  • Capital city: Baku (pop. 2.374 million)
  • Population: 9,780,780
  • Divided into 10 economic regions
  • Official language: Azerbaijani
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Climate: dry, semiarid steppe
  • Literacy rate: 99.8%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • President Ilam Aliyev (since 2003)
  • Prime minister Artur Rasizade (since 2003)
  • Type: presidential republic

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 25/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 25.68/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 72.2 years
  • Total fertility rate: 1.91 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 5.6% GDP
  • Physician density: 3.4/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 4.7/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.14%
  • Children under age 5 underweight: 8.4%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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