|Native to|| Iran, |
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?]
Azerbaijani is also spoken in Dagestan (a republic of Russia), south-eastern and eastern Georgia, north eastern Turkey and in some parts of Ukraine and in northwestern Iran. In Dagesten, there are over 30 different languages, and Russian is used as a lingua franca.