Ten fun facts about Baku

Fact 1
Baku is the largest city on the Caspian Sea and of the Caucasus region. It is also the largest city in the world located below sea level.

Fact 2
As of 2002, the city has hosted at least 36 major sporting events and is hosting the 2015 European Games.

Fact 3
In 2009, Lonely Planet ranked the city at number eight for one of the top 10 cities for nightlife partying.

Fact 4
The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic's headquarters is located in the city and in 2007, was placed 16th out of the world's top 100 companies.

Fact 5
The city is one of the world's leading chess centers and hosts international tournaments every year such as Baku Chess Grand Prix and Baku Open.

Fact 6
Azerbaijani jazz began developing in 2005 in Baku. The Baku International Jazz Festival occurs annually and features some of the world's most popular jazz names.

Fact 7
There are sections of greenery preserved by the National Government in Baku or they are designated as green zones, since the green belt is lacking in the city because of economic activity.

Fact 8
Since the existence of petroleum has been known since the 8th century, it is Baku's largest industry.

Fact 9
Unofficially nicknamed the 'City of Winds', there are two winds that blow throughout the year. The cold Northern winds, or the khazri, and the warm southern wind, the gilavar.

Fact 10
In 2009, Baku was designated as the Islamic Culture Capital.

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The largest city and capital of Azerbaijan.