The Hungarian delegation
The Azerbaijani language belongs to Turkish Oguz languages. The territory of present-day Azerbaijan occupied by Seljuk Turkish Oguz tribes in the eleventh century gradually assimilating the local population but the Turkic element remained dominant; however, Azerbaijani population also include Iranian and Caucasian stock as well.
It is noteworthy that one of the constituent element of the Azerbaijani nation is Savard Hungarians. Savard Hungarians settled in the region around 750 and lived mostly in the southern edges of the Caucasus plains. After several centuries of separation they were slowly assimilated into the emerging Azerbaijani population.
Azerbaijan's current population is 9 million, but it is important to point out that the total number of Azerbaijanis who live in the region are over 20 million of which one million live in the former Soviet Union successor states and more than 10 million as a minority in northern Iran.
In the early 1990s, the country of Azerbaijan has lost 16% of its territory to Armenia - Nagorno Karabakh. In the bloody war fought over the territory, thirty thousand people were killed and one million Azerbaijani refugees had to live their homes.
The Art Garden in the Old Town in Baku
(kurultaj.hu – hungarianambiance.com)