Like to know a little more about the capital cities of the world? Take a look at these 13 fun facts about Baku!
1. Where is Baku?
Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan.
2. Here’s what to say.
Wondering how to say the name of this wonderful city? It’s pronounced Bah-koo.
3. It’s massive compared to London.
The total land area of Baku is 820 square miles (2,130 square kilometers)……that’s more than 200 square miles larger than Greater London.
4. However, relatively few people live here.
Baku’s population was 2,236,000 in 2016…that’s just over 1/4 of the population of Greater London and gives it a population density of around 2800 residents per square mile.
5. It’s under the sea!
Baku is located 92 ft below sea level! In fact, Baku is one of only two capital cities that are officially below sea level; the other is Amsterdam!
6. What do city denizens call themselves?
Residents of Baku are known as Bakuvians or Azerbaijanis.
7. The weather is fairly unpredictable.
Bakuvians enjoy a temperate semi-arid climate with strong winds throughout the year, warm and dry summers, cool and wet winters, a large temperature variation and an average annual temperature of 59.1°F.
8. Here are the compass details.
Looking to fly yourself to Baku? You’ll need the coordinates of 40.4093° N, 49.8671° E.
9. Ancient trades took place here.
Baku is rich in history – it has actually been an ancient trade route since Roman times where goods would be traded between Central Asia and the west!
10. Head out for a spa day!
Make sure you visit the Naftalan Spa if you’re in Baku; if you’re looking for an unusual spa experience then this is definitely for you! Popular since the 6th Century BC and said to heal everything from impotence to skin issues, bathing in crude oil is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
11. What do people speak in Baku?
The official language of Baku is Azerbaijani.
12. Get that money exchanged!
Azerbaijani New Manat is the official currency here.
13. It’s a big tourist spot.
Azerbaijan welcomed 2,160,000 tourists into the country in 2014, many of whom visited Baku for its rich history and stunning modern buildings, including the Flame Towers!
FAQs about Baku
Is Baku safe to visit?
On the whole, Baku is as safe as most cities to visit as a tourist. However, be as wary as you normally might for petty crime.
Is it legal to drink alcohol in Baku?
You can drink alcohol in Baku in many places, however, it’s forbidden in places of worship for obvious reasons.
Is English spoken in Baku?
It’s rare you’ll find people who speak English in Baku - so brush up on your Azerbaijani!
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