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  • Official name: The Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Capital city: Baku
  • Official language: Azerbaijani
  • Main religion: Islam
  • Monetary unit: Azerbaijani Manat (AZN)
  • Main export articles: oil and oil products
  • Average annual per capita income: 5145 US dollars (2013 Central Bank)
  • GDP per capita : 7912 US dollars (2013 Central Bank)
  • GDP per capita - PPP: 11,044 International Dollars (2013 IMF)
  • Real GDP growth: 5.8% (2013 Central Bank)
  • National Domain: .az
  • International telephone code: +994

The territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan is 86,600 square km. Azerbaijan is situated in the geographical coordinates of 440 and 520 eastern longitude, and 380 and 420 northern latitude. Baku is situated in the 40th parallel. Azerbaijan shares borders with Iran to the south (765 km), Turkey (11 km), Russia to the north (390 km), and Armenia to the west (1007 km). The length of the coastal line is 713 km. To early 2014, population of the Republic of Azerbaijan totaled 9.552.005 people

Azerbaijani is the official language of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Besides, more than 20 million Azerbaijanis reside in the Islamic Republic of Iran also speak Azerbaijani. Several millions of Azerbaijanis reside in Russia, USA, Turkey and Western Europe. There are over 30 million speakers of Azerbaijani at present.

In addition to Islam, Christianity (in its Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant groupings) and Judaism are practiced in Azerbaijan.
In accordance with its constitution, Azerbaijan is a democratic, secular and unitary state governed by the rule of law. The unitarity is of a specific character: the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is an autonomous state within the Republic of Azerbaijan. According to its form of government, the Republic of Azerbaijan is a presidential republic (government). The system of ruling is regulated by the principle of the separation of powers into legislative, executive and judicial branches. The bodies of local self-government - municipalities - hold a special place in the political system of Azerbaijan. The party and political system of Azerbaijan is characterized by pluralism.

Azerbaijan is a member of the following international organisations:

  • United Nations (UN),
  • Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),
  • Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),
  • Organisation for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM),
  • Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC),
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation (ECO),
  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Azerbaijan works with the European Union, NATO, International Monetary Fund, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Development Bank and other organisations.

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The new Baku Expo Centre will open its doors for the first time when it hosts the trade exhibition of the regions leading oil and gas industry event, Caspian Oil and Gas. The event will take place in the Azerbaijan capital from 1st to 4th June 2010.

Baku Expo Centre is an international standard, purpose-built events venue. It provides over 30,000m² of exhibition space and includes facilities for hosting conferences, meetings, seminars and presentations.

Mr. Edward Strachan, Executive Director of the ITE Group, which organises the exhibition and conference, said: We are delighted that Caspian Oil and Gas will be the first event to be held in the new exhibition complex. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of this highly respected event by providing excellent facilities and room for future expansion. It is testament to the strength of the Azerbaijan economy and the foresight of the government that, even through a testing economic period, the construction of the Baku Expo Centre has been completed. Baku is the Caspian regions commercial centre and with this new exhibition facility, it will reaffirm the Azerbaijan capital as the focal point of the regions trade event activity too.

The Caspian Oil & Gas Conference will be held on the 2nd and 3rd June at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, also in Baku. 2010 will be the 17th edition of the event and the exhibition and conference are fully supported by the Ministry of Industry & Energy of Azerbaijan and the state oil and gas company, SOCAR.


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