Azerbaijan is a country in the Caucasus Mountain region on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. It is located mostly in south-western Asia, but part of northern Azerbaijan is located in Europe. An area of Azerbaijan called the Naxcivan Autonomous Republic lies west of the rest of the country, separated from it by Armenian territory.
The Soviet government maintained strict control until the late 1980’s. In 1989, Azerbaijan declared that its own laws overruled the laws of the Soviet Union. In 1992, the Azerbaijani government slowly began to pass laws that encouraged a free-enterprise economy. But most of the economy continued under government control.
Generally summers are hot and winters mild and wet, with snow in the mountains. The best time to travel for warm and dry weather is between April and October, but mountainous areas are best visited in the summer months of July and August. Baku in the summer is very hot and humid.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 7.9 million
CURRENCY: Azerbaijanian Manat
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +994
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +4
Do not travel to Nagorno-Karabakh and the military occupied area surrounding it. Azerbaijan faces a threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets and places frequented by foreigners.
You should avoid any political rallies or public gatherings of a political nature.
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