Culture & Identity of Azerbaijan
The way of life in Azerbaijan results from their Islamic faith, former Soviet rule,
economic opportunities, and numerous others. Due to numerous natural resources the
economy and way of life is changing, but for many of the people in more rural setting
little has change for some time.
Only about half of Azerbaijan's population is urbanized and the occupations
of the people reflect this as nearly 40% of the people work in agriculture, only
about 10% work in industry, and the last half work in the services field. For this
large farming population the day tends to begin and end with the sun, even on weekends
little changes to this pattern. The greatest differences for these farmers is seasonal
as summers occupy many working hours producing cotton, grains, rice, and others,
while the winters tend to be slow. For the industry and service workers the way
of life is much more consistent year round. Work generally begins at about 9:00
am and ends at about 5:00 pm, but the setting can vastly alter these hours, especially
for service jobs outside the major cities.
Like the service and industry workers, school life is on a more regular schedule
as classes run from September to May with more regular hours. On farms the children
tend to help the family during their summers off.