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Azerbaijani Republic



Location: Southwestern Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Russia

Area: 86,600 sq km

Climate: dry, semiarid steppe

Terrain: large, flat Kur-Araz Ovaligi (Kura-Araks Lowland) (much of it below sea level) with Great Caucasus Mountains to the north, Qarabag Yaylasi (Karabakh Upland) in west; Baku lies on Abseron Yasaqligi (Apsheron Peninsula) that juts into Caspian Sea

Population: 7,908,224 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8% (1995 est.)

Languages: Azeri 89%, Russian 3%, Armenian 2%, other 6% (1995 est.)

Capital: Baku (Baki)



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