also in parts of neighboring countries such as:
|25 million |
|Latin alphabet for North Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan, Perso-Arabic script for South Azerbaijani in Iran, and, formerly, Cyrillic alphabet for North Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani variants)|
Official language in
Azerbaijan (North Azerbaijani),|
Iraq (South Azerbaijani; official in areas where Iraqi Turkmen form a majority)[source?]
The Azerbaijani language, also called Azeri language (Azəricə) is a Turkic language that is spoken in Azerbaijan and northwestern Iran. North Azerbaijani is the official language of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This type is also spoken in Dagestan (a republic of Russia), south-eastern and eastern Georgia, north eastern Turkey and in some parts of Ukraine. South Azerbaijani is the type of Azerbaijani spoken in northwestern Iran.