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Azerbaijan Population

Population Distribution

Total population 10.205.810
Population growth rate 0.77%
Birth rate 15.80 births per 1,000 residents
Life expectancy  
Overall life expectancy 71.61 years
Men life expectancy 68.65 years
Women life expectancy 74.97 years
Age structure  
0-14 years 23.05%
15-64 years 70.14%
65 years and above 6.81%
Median age 30.50 years
Gender ratio 0.98 M / F
Population density 117.85 residents per km
Urbanization 50.00%
Cities  
Baki (Baku) 1,229,100, Gnc 328,400, Sumqayit 297,600, Mingevir 101,600, Xirdalan 96,200, Qarauxur 84,500, Sirvan 78,100, Bakixanov 73,700, Ski 64,500, Yevlax 60,000
Ethnicities  
91% Azerbaijanis, 2% Lesgians, 2% Russians, 2% Armenians and other minorities
Religions  
Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Catholic 2.3%, Others 1.8% (1995 est.) Note: religious affiliation is still nominal in Azerbaijan; percentages for actual practicing adherents are much lower
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.754
HDI ranking 87

People in Azerbaijan

Around ten million people live in Azerbaijan. Two million of them live in the capital Baku. The next largest cities are Ganjah (Gəncə), Sumgait (Sumqayıt) and Mingetschaur (Mingəevir). 56 percent of the population live in cities, 44 percent in rural areas. Women in Azerbaijan have an average of 1.9 children.

The vast majority of residents see themselves as Azerbaijanis (91 percent). But other peoples also live in the country. Lesgier, a people from the Caucasus, are among them with 2 percent. Around 1.3 percent each are Russians or Talyshans. The latter live in the border area with Iran and speak Iranian. Even smaller minorities are Avars, Deeds and Tatars, among others.

Armenians live in Nagorno-Karabakh, which has split off from Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijanis who had previously lived there fled to Azerbaijan.

Languages in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani is the official language in the country. Until 1991, Russian was also the official language. Even today, many Azerbaijanis can speak Russian. In schools, too, it is often taught from the first grade.

Azerbaijani is a Turkic language. It is very similar to Turkish. Azerbaijani was written in Arabic characters until around 1918. Then, until 1992, it was written in Cyrillic (that is the script in which you also write Russian). Since then, however, Latin letters have been used (in which we also write), based on Turkish. In addition to the letters we know, there are a few more: for the sound ch, ә for the sound , ğ for a more breathy g and ş for sch. There is also an i without a period: ı. The i is pronounced differently, similar to the e in nose.

In addition to Azerbaijani, there are also some minority languages ​​spoken in the country, such as Avar, Georgian or Tartish - by the people who speak these languages.

Religions in Azerbaijan

The predominant religion in Azerbaijan is Islam. 97 percent of the residents belong to it. The majority adheres to the Shiite faith. While religion was suppressed during the period of Soviet rule until 1991 and many Azerbaijanis did not practice their faith, many have since turned back to Islam. The remaining 3 percent of the population are mainly Christians, with a Russian Orthodox orientation.


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