Azerbaijan, officially Azerbaijani Azәrbaycan Respublikası, German Azerbaijan Republic, state in the south of the Caucasus with (2018) 9.9 million residents; The capital is Baku. Azerbaijan also includes the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic as a territorial exclave between Armenia and Iran. Within Azerbaijan lies the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh area claimed by Armenia.
Azerbaijan. According to Countryaah, the capital of Azerbaijan is Baku. 75-year-old President Gejdar Alijev was re-elected in October with a large majority for a new five-year term. The election was preceded by violent confrontations between security forces and opposition protesters. Several opposition candidates boycotted the election in protest of newly formed electoral laws intended to favor the incumbent president.
Observers from the European Security Organization OSCE confirmed that the opposition was treated unfairly in the election campaign. In a post-election demonstration, two opposition leaders were abused without police officers present. The regime also severely cuts freedom of the press and a large group of journalists hunger strikes in protest.
According to a Human Rights Watch report during the year, human rights abuses have increased in Azerbaijan. But in February, Parliament decided to abolish the death penalty, a step in the quest for membership in the Council of Europe. In March, President Alijev appointed Tofiq Zulfigarov as new Foreign Minister. The representative Gasan Gasanov had then been dismissed, accused of abuses by the state’s funds.
- Abbreviationfinder: What does AZE stand for in geography? Here, this 3 letter acronym refers to the country of Azerbaijan.
|Gross domestic product (GDP)||$ 172,200,000,000|
|GDP growth rate||0.10%|
|GDP per capita||$ 17,500|
|GDP by sector|
|Proportion of the population below the national poverty line||6%|
|Distribution of household income|
|Industrial production growth rate||0.30%|
|Investment volume||17.5% of GDP|
|National debt||54.10% of GDP|
|Foreign exchange reserves||$ 8,886,000,000|
|Number of visitors||2,160,000|
Azerbaijan signed extensive contracts with a number of foreign energy companies during the year. British and Japanese, on oil and gas extraction in the Caspian Sea. But at the same time, an international consortium withdrew after failing to find oil in sufficient quantities. Falling oil prices also contributed. A decision on a new pipeline for oil supplies from the Caspian Sea to the west was postponed indefinitely.
Nagorny Karabakh , Armenian Lernajin Rarabach, Lernayin Ġarabax [- -x], Russian Nagorny Karabach, part of the Karabakh landscape (Armenian Arzach) in the eastern Transcaucasus between the central reaches of the Kura and Arax, also formerly an autonomous area within Azerbaijan (autonomous status) was formally abolished in 1991.
Nagorno-Karabakh was occupied by Armenia in the course of the war with Azerbaijan for Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally not recognized secession state, 11 458 km 2, (2013) about 146 600 residents, the capital is Stepanakert (Azerbaijani Chankendy, Xankәndı). Nagorno-Karabakh comprises the eastern capping of the Lesser Caucasus, which rises to 3 724 m above sea level on the northwestern border.
The mountain regions are heavily forested, in the lower areas there is semi-desert vegetation. In 1989, 76.9% of the population were Armenians and 21.5% Azerbaijanis; The latter were largely expelled during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 1990-94 or fled to other areas of Azerbaijan. Many of Nagorno-Karabakh’s residents have become Armenian citizens. The 2005 census showed that the Armenians accounted for 99.74% of the total population. The main branches of industry are tobacco, grain, fruit and wine growing, as well as silkworm and cattle breeding. The economy was badly damaged by the war; Problematic are the high proportion of informal economic activities and the close ties with Armenia, on which Nagorno-Karabakh is economically dependent.
Following the war on Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the early 1990s, approximately 95 percent of the area’s residents are estimated to be ethnic Armenians. Most Azeri living in the enclave fled during the war. Many of them are still living as refugees in Azerbaijan.
According to the last census before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh, then an autonomous territory of the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, had 189,000 inhabitants. Of these, 76 percent were ethnic Armenians and 21.5 percent were Azeri (see also Armenia: Population and Languages and Azerbaijan: Population and Languages). Many of the Azeri lived in the city of Şuşa (Shushi in Armenian), today an almost abandoned ghost town. When the war ended with a ceasefire in 1994 (see History and current politics), almost all Azeri had fled Armenian-occupied territories both in Nagorno-Karabakh and around. Nagorno-Karabach now has about 145,000 inhabitants, according to an estimate in 2011.
Most Karabakhs belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, the oldest national church in the world (see Armenia: Religion). Freedom of religion is limited. A law from 2009 prohibits unregistered groups from engaging in religious work, and it became more difficult for minority communities to register.