Azerbaijan–Estonia relations

Azerbaijan–Estonia relations

Azerbaijani–Estonian relations
Map indicating locations of Azerbaijan and Estonia



Azerbaijan–Estonia relations refer to South Caucasus. Approximately 2,500 Azerbaijanis live in Estonia.[1]


  • Political relations 1
    • Economic relations 1.1
    • Cultural relations 1.2
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Political relations

First visit by Estonian government happened in 1996 when Siim Kallas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia visited Azerbaijan and joint declarations were signed. In 2000, the Azerbaijan-Estonian inter-parliamentary working group was established in National Assembly of Azerbaijan.[2] Estonia supported Azerbaijan in joining the Council of Europe and supports Azerbaijan's integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.[3] President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves paid a visit to Azerbaijan in 2009 and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev visited Estonia in 2010.[4] Estonia supports the resolution of the issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh and the adjacent areas through negotiations. Former Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristina Ojuland have stated that Nagorno-Karabakh is an "inseparable" of Azerbaijan.[5] Azerbaijan is considering to cancel visa regyme with Estonia. Estonia also interests in development of cooperation with Azerbaijan within NATO's peacekeeping missions.[6] Azerbaijan is interested in developing the high level political dialogue. Even though not many defence related co-operation projects have taken place between two nations, defense and military-related contacts have been described as "good and open-minded".[7]

Mayor of Narva (1999–2000) and Minister of Population Affairs of Estonia (2002–2003) Eldar Efendiev also had an Azerbaijani origin.[8][9]

Economic relations

Economic relations between two countries are at high level event though trade between two countries has been minimal during the past few years, but it has tremendous potential. Both intend to expand cooperation in IT and banking.[10]

Cultural relations

Since both countries used to be part of Russian Empire and Soviet Union, two nations met with each other's culture from early times. There are information from late XIX libraries of Estonia works of about works of well-known poets of Azerbaijan such as Mirza Shafi Vazeh, Molla Panah Vagif and Mirza Fatali Akhundov which was translated into German language. Translations into Estonian from German started in 1981 with Yukhan Kiyv, Gustav and Anna Haov Vulf. In 1978, "Scala", Estonian newspaper published some works of Molla Panah Vagif. The first Azerbaijani-Estonian dictionary, compiled by Vidadi Mamedov, has been published.

Since 1990 an Azerbaijani Sunday school has been working in Tallinn, as well as there's a Eastern Culture University in Tallinn which was named after Azerbaijani academician and ophthalmologist Zarifa Aliyeva.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Azerbaijani diaspora in Estonia
  2. ^ Azərbaycan Respublikasının Milli Məclis qərarı
  3. ^ Estonian-Azerbaijani foreign relations
  4. ^ Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is on state visit to Estonia
  5. ^ Karabakh 'inseparable part of Azerbaijan'
  6. ^ Elmar Mamedyarov: "Azerbaijan is ready to cancel visa regime with Estonia"
  7. ^ Estonian Defese Minister: "Azerbaijan is an important partner for the allies"
  8. ^ Эстонские депутаты: Почему мы голосовали против антироссийского заявления парламента? (in Russian). ИА REGNUM. 2008-08-13. 
  10. ^ Azerbaijan, Estonia to expand cooperation
  11. ^ Estoniya Hökümətinin Qərarı ilə Zərifə Əliyeva adına Şərq Mədəniyyəti Xalq Universiteti təhsis olunub

External links

  • Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs: List of bilateral treaties with Estonia
  • Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Azerbaijan
  • Estonian embassy in Ankara (also accredited to Azerbaijan)