Azerbaijan Republic

Azerbaycan Respublikasy

Political Status: Azerbaijan Republic established under Turkish auspices in May 1918; joined the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as part of the Transcaucasian Soviet Federated Republic on December 30, 1922; became separate Soviet Socialist Republic on December 5, 1936; independence declared August 30, 1991, by the Azerbaijani Supreme Soviet and confirmed by that body on October 18; new constitution providing for a strong presidential system adopted by national referendum on November 12, 1995, and entered into force November 27.

Area: 33,436 sq. mi. (86,600 sq. km).

Population: 9,540,584 (2012E—UN); 9,590,159 (2013E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2010E): BAKU (2,078,485).

Official Language: Azeri (Azerbaijani).

Monetary Unit: Azerbaijani New Manat (official rate November 1, 2013: 0.78 manat = $1US). The new ...

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