Independence Day in Azerbaijan Date in the current year: October 18, 2016

Independence Day in Azerbaijan People of Azerbaijan celebrate Independence Day annually on October 18. Unlike in other countries, this is a national working holiday.

Azerbaijan became a part of the Soviet Union in 1920. During the Soviet era economy of Azerbaijan experienced stability. During World War II Azerbaijan played a crucial role in the strategic energy policy and its oil industry experienced rapid growth.

Mikhail Gorbachev's policy initiated civil unrest in many parts of the Soviet Union, including Azerbaijan. Moscow showed its indifference in solving already heated conflict and it culminated in a violent crackdown on January 19-20, 1990, that is known as Black January. These events pushed the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan towards declaration of independence. This historic event took place on October 18, 1991. The Supreme Council adopted a Declaration of Independence, that was affirmed by a referendum in December.

Independence Day is a working holiday in Azerbaijan, that is why special events aren't organized on this day.

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