Azerbaijan is an independent nation, having been a former Soviet republic. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, and shares borders with Russia, Iran, Georgia, Turkey and Armenia.
Azerbaijan is a modern democracy with a republican system, headed by the President and a parliament of representatives, elected by the people.
The capital is Baku, which is famed for its medieval walled old city. Within the old city lies the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, and the centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline.
Baku blends the ancient with cutting edge modern architecture and attitudes. Visitors can stroll the cobblestone streets of the old city, enjoy the local cuisine, or shop for the latest fashions at both brand stores and at quality boutiques. The safe streets and the cosmopolitan feel is best described as a blend of European and Eastern customs and approaches, which is no surprise given Azerbaijan’s position on the ancient Silk Road.
Azerbaijan is about business and tourism, and it is the safe, secure and interesting stopover that Australians could have on the way to Europe.