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Official seal of Baku
Coordinates: 40°23′43″N 49°52′56″E / 40.39528°N 49.88222°E / 40.39528; 49.88222Coordinates: 40°23′43″N 49°52′56″E / 40.39528°N 49.88222°E / 40.39528; 49.88222
Country  Azerbaijan
 • Mayor Hajibala Abutalybov
 • Total 2,130 km2 (820 sq mi)
Elevation −28 m (−91.9 ft)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,064,900
 • Density 969.44/km2 (2,510.8/sq mi)
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)
 • Summer (DST) AZST (UTC+5)
Postal code AZ1000
Area code(s) 12
Location of Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku (Azerbaijani: Bakı) is the capital and the largest city of Azerbaijan. It is on the southern shore of the Apsheron Peninsula. Modern Baku has three parts: the Old Town (İçəri Şəhər), the boomtown and the Soviet-built town. About 3 million people live in the metropolitan area. There are large numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons.

In Baku area there is a lot of oil. There are a lot of state and private universities.

Baku is hosted the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in May 2012. They also bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.[3] The city's three main football clubs are Neftchi Baku, FC Baku and Inter Baku. Baku is one of world's leading chess centres.

Divisions[change | change source]

Today, Baku is divided into 11 raions (administrative districts) and 5 settlements of city type.[4][5]

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