• There are approximately 50 million Azerbaijanis worldwide
  • Azerbaijan celebrates Independence Day on October 18th
  • Azerbaijan celebrates Azerbaijan Army Day on June 26th
  • Azerbaijan celebrates Day of Solidarity of Azerbaijanis Worldwide on December 31st
  • Saffron-rice plov is the flagship food in Azerbaijan and black tea is the national beverage
  • All of Baku’s metro stations are decorated with national Azerbaijani designs and motifs
  • Azerbaijan had the first democratic republic and first opera in the Islamic world
  • The Maiden Tower is a Baku landmark, a much loved symbol of the city and of Azerbaijan
  • Azerbaijani men are traditionally addressed as muallim, which means teacher
  • Azerbaijani women are traditionally addressed as khanim, which means madam
  • Azerbaijan has the largest number of mud volcanoes in the world. There are some 300 mud volcanoes including Galmas, Toragai and Boyuk Kanizdagh
  • Women in Azerbaijan won the right to vote in 1918 while in Italy it was 1946, Switzerland in 1971 and France 1944
  • 23 athletes from the Azerbaijani Republic competed at Atlanta 1996 independently for the first time
  • The majority of the population in Azerbaijan is Muslim. Approximately 85 per cent are Shia Muslims and 15 per cent Sunni Muslims
  • The President of Azerbaijan is elected for a five-year term by general, direct and equal elections, with a free, personal and secret ballot
  • The independent Azerbaijani state collapsed in April 1920 as a result of the invasion of the Soviet Russia. It was restored 70 years later in 1991
  • The Absheron peninsula is home to the Burning Mountain, a rare geological site where natural gas escaping from the ground burns constantly here
  • Azerbaijan has nine of the world’s 13 climate zones. Temperatures range from +46C in the plains to -33 C in the mountains
  • The Azerbaijan NOC has been a member of the European Olympic Committee since 1992 and was officially recognised by the IOC in 1993
  • One of the unique riches of Azerbaijan is a rare type of oil – Naftalan. It does not burn and is used internally and externally for medicinal purposes
  • Fragrant Azerbaijani tea is a symbol of heart-felt hospitality and guests are usually greeted on arrival with a cup of fine-flavoured tea
  • Mugham is a unique form of Azerbaijani classical music passed down orally to the present day, considered to be an invaluable part of their heritage
  • The Shirvanshah’s Palace is one of Azerbaijan best preserved and most attractive historic monuments, situated on the highest point on a hill in the walled Old City
  • Novruz is the oldest holiday in Azerbaijan. A symbol of spring and the revival of nature, marked on the equinox (21-22 March) in the northern hemisphere
  • Azerbaijanis live in 67 countries in all, with the highest population outside of Azerbaijan living in Iran (30 million), Turkey (3 million) and Russia (2 million)

BP to sponsor Baku 2015 European Games

Thursday, 12 June 2014
By Duncan Mackay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baku

Baku 2015 have signed up BP as an official sponsor of the first ever European Games ©Baku 2015BP were today announced by Baku 2015 as an official partner of next year's inaugural European Games.

BP, who were a top tier partner of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, will become the oil and gas partner for the Games, an agreement which also sees the company assist athlete development in Azerbaijan.

BP had supported the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan in the run-up to London 2012 and last year extended that deal until after Rio 2016. 

This new sponsorship covers not only the European Games, but also the Games Academy, which had been launched in April.

The Academy aims to develop the skills and Games knowledge of local team members through the flexible learning pathway, as well as developing participating university graduates from Azerbaijan and all over Europe in the graduate excellence programme,

BP, a British multi-national company whose headquarters are in London, join Procter & Gamble and Tissot as official sponsors of Baku 2015. 

Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Baku 2015 Azad Rahimov is excited by the announcement of BP as a sponsor of the European Games ©Baku 2015Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Baku 2015 Azad Rahimov is excited by the announcement of BP as a sponsor of the European Games ©Baku 2015

"BP is a company that has a long-standing presence in Azerbaijan and deep understanding of the country," said Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sports and Baku 2015 chief executive.

"It has a history of supporting major international sports events around the world and we are delighted to be welcoming it as an Official Partner of the European Games.

"I am sure its support will help support the Games across Azerbaijan and Europe, and also help develop our athletes further in their pursuit of excellence."

The announcement was made to coincide with the One Year To Go celebrations for the Games, which had started at midnight with a spectacular firework display along Baku Boulevard.

The announcement BP were to sponsor Baku 2015 coincided with the One Year To Go celebrations until the start of the European Games, which had started at midnight with a spectacular firework display ©Baku 2015The announcement BP were to sponsor Baku 2015 coincided with the One Year To Go celebrations until the opneing of the European Games, which had started at midnight with a spectacular firework display ©Baku 2015

BP employs more than 3,250 people in Azerbaijan and claims to have invested $45 billion (£27 billion/€33 billion) into projects in the country since 1994.

"We are delighted to be able to support Azerbaijan as it starts to prepare for such a grand sporting event," said Ian Sutherland, BP's regional vice-president for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

"We believe this presents a unique opportunity for the country as it makes efforts to become a greater centre for sporting excellence.

"This is also a unique opportunity for hundreds of enthusiastic young Azerbaijani nationals to develop new skills and and knowledge adding to the country's delivery capability."

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