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Form of Governance:Presidential Republic
Head of State: Ilham Aliyev
Capital: Baku
Area: 86,600 square kilometers (About 20 percent under occupation by Armenian Terrorists)
Population: 8,141,400 (January 1, 2002)
50.8 percent reside in urban areas, 49.2 percent in rural areas.
About 13 percent of the population are refugees and IDPs Population density 94 per km2
Currency: Manat (4.925.0 manats: 1 USD, average 2004)
Economic Indicators: Per capita GDP: 715.4 USD
Annual real GDP growth rate: 9.9 percent
Inflation rate: 1.5 percent
Life Expectancy at Birth: Life Expectancy at Birth 71.9 years (75.2 for women, 68.7 for men)
Participation of Women in Governance: 12 percent of seats in Parliament (Milli Majlis)
9 percent of ministerial-level positions
9 percent of regional heads of administration
11 percent of ambassadors to foreign countries
Language: The official language is Azerbaijani.
Other languages: Russian, Georgian, Lezghi
Religion: Majority of the population is Muslim
Other religions include Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism
Employment: 17.7 percent of total employment is in industry and construction,
15.2 percent in agriculture,
67.1 in services.
32.4 percent of total employment is in the state sector
(compared to 67.5 percent in 1991 and 46.3 percent in 1998).
(source: Human Development Report,)
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