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Armenia

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Population: 3,250,200 (est.)

Language(s): Armenian

Capital: Yerevan

Interesting Facts:

  • The Armenian dram is the official currency of Armenia.
  • Up to 97% of Armenians follow Christianity, which has existed in Armenia for over 1,700 years. Armenia has its own church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, which most Armenians follow.
  • The Kingdom of Armenia became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its religion, in the early years of the 4th century.
  • According to Forbes magazine Armenia had the second worst economy in the world in 2011.
  • Yerevan was founded nearly 2800 years ago and today, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.
  • Armenia is known the world-over for its apricots, considered to taste better than anywhere else in the world.
  • Armenia is a Unitary Republic.

Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a landlocked, mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.

Armenia is a unitary, multiparty, democratic nation-state with an ancient and historic cultural heritage. The Kingdom of Armenia became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its religion, in the early years of the 4th century (the traditional date is 301 AD). The modern Republic of Armenia recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church, the world’s oldest national church, as the country’s primary religious establishment. Armenians have their own unique alphabet invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD.

A former republic of the Soviet Union, Armenia is an emerging democracy. Despite its efforts to become an associate member of the European Union, Armenia is a close partner of Russia.

Source: Wikipedia

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