Located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Turkey and Armenia to the west, and Iran to the south.
Azerbaijan - a nation with a Turkish and majority-Muslim population. Population - 9 million. Area – 86.6 sq. km.
State of Albania B.C. Religion – Zoroastrianism Invasion by Alexander the Great – 300 B.C. – Greek influence Zoroastrian temple in Baku
Arabian Influence – 8 th century Turkish Influence – 15 th century Russian Influence – 20 th century
Worlds fastest growing economy GDP growth rate 28% in % in % in 2007
Worlds first drilled oil well in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1848 First oil companies in Baku – Chevron, Exxon Mobile, Shell, British Petlorium
From 1918 to 1991 under Soviet regime Red Army invaded Azerbaijan in April 1918 Ideas of equality Marxism – Leninism
Centralized government in Moscow Centralized economy – Socialism Presidential Republic Free Market Economy – Capitalism
President – head of state Prime Minister – head of government Constitution based on the U.Ss constitution Government Building Current President – Ilham Aliyev