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Azerbaijani
Azeri
Azəri / Azərbaycan dili
آذربايجان ديلی / آذری
Pronunciation [ɑzærbɑjdʒɑn dili]
Native to Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Syria
Ethnicity Azerbaijani
Native speakers 25 million  (2010)
Language family
Turkic
  • Oghuz
    • Western Oghuz
      • Azerbaijani
Writing system Latin and Cyrillic for North Azerbaijani in Azerbaijan and Russia, Persian in Iran.
Official status
Official language in
  • Azerbaijan(North Azerbaijani)
  • Russia - One of the official languages of Dagestan.
Language codes
ISO 639-1 az
ISO 639-2 aze
ISO 639-3 aze


Azerbaijani or Azeri is a language belonging to the Turkic language family, spoken in southwestern Asia by the Azerbaijani people, primarily in the Republic of Azerbaijan (9 million speakers), in northwestern Iran (12 to 15.5 million speakers) and in the Republic of Georgia, Russia, Turkey and in other countries with a presence of Azerbaijani speakers (6 million speakers).

Azerbaijani is member of the Oghuz branch of the Turkic languages and is closely related to Turkish, Qashqai, Turkmen and Crimean Tatar. Turkish and Azerbaijani are known to closely resemble each other, and the native speaker of one language is able to understand the other, though it is easier for a speaker of Azerbaijani to understand Turkish than the other way around

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