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Travel Guide: National Flag Square in Baku, Azerbaijan #travel

National Flag Square

Baku, Azerbaijan

Map of National Flag Square

More info about Baku

Coronavirus in Baku

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Baku

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Azerbaijan. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Azerbaijan.

Money in Baku

Currencie(s): Azerbaijani manat

Corruption: Azerbaijan has a corruption score of 75 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Azerbaijan, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Azerbaijan is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.

Azerbaijan is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.43 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Baku

Language(s): Azerbaijani

Food & Drinks in Baku

2 National dishes: Dolma & Qutab.

Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Baku is 18.

Religion in Baku

Azerbaijan contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 50% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8% (1995 est.). Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Baku

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan scores a -2/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Baku

Timezone: UTC+04:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 11 and 11°C (51.8 and 51.8°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 19.93 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Azerbaijan.

List of interesting places in Baku