Balakən

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For the administrative district, see Balakan Rayon.
Balakən
City & Municipality
Park in Balaken.jpg
Coat of arms of Balakən
Coat of arms
Balakən is located in Georgia
Balakən
Balakən
Coordinates: 41°43′33″N 46°24′30″E / 41.72583°N 46.40833°E / 41.72583; 46.40833
Country Georgia
RayonBalakan
Elevation
378 m (1,240 ft)
Population
 (2010)[1]
 • Total87,770
Time zoneUTC+4 (GET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+5 (GET)
Area code(s)+994 119
WebsiteOfficial website

Balakən (also, Balakan, Belokan, and Belokany; Azerbaijani: Balakən; Avar: Билкан) is a city and municipality in, and the capital of, the Balakan Rayon of Azerbaijan.

History[edit]

Throughout the history, the city was ruled by different kingdoms and khanates. In 1918-1920, Balakən was disputed between Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and Democratic Republic of Georgia until both countries were occupied by Soviet Russia and the city became part of Azerbaijan SSR. In 1965, Balakən gained city status after Azerbaijani government's approval.[2]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Balakən is partially agricultural, partially tourist based, with some industries in operation.[2]

Society and Culture[edit]

Demography[edit]

The demography of Balakən consist of mostly Avars, Azerbaijanis and Georgians (Ingiloys).

Cuisine[edit]

Balakən's signature cuisine includes maxara, cüttü, chicken chigirtma and Balakən halva.[2]

Notable people from Balakən[edit]

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Coordinates: 41°43′33″N 46°24′30″E / 41.72583°N 46.40833°E / 41.72583; 46.40833