Interesting Facts

Armenia is a mountainous country in Eurasia, which stands landlocked between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the Southern Caucasus. Its stands bordered by Turkey in the west, Georgia in the north, Azerbaijan in the east and Iran and the Nakhchivan exclave of Azerbaijan in the south.

The country was once a republic of the Soviet Union, but today it has transformed itself into a unitary, multiparty, democratic nation-state. Constitutionally a secular state, Armenia still depends a lot upon the Christian faith in relation to the history and identification of its people. It has an ancient and historic
cultural heritage, visible in the form of the various monuments that adorn its landscape.  

  • The official name of Armenia is the ‘Republic of Armenia’.
  • The official language of Armenia is Armenian.
  • The majority of the population in Armenia follows the religion of Armenian Apostolic.
  • The currency of Armenia is Dram.
  • The capital of Armenia is Yerevan.
  • Armenia follows the system of Unitary Republic.
  • St. Bartholomew the Apostle, St. Gregory the Illuminator, St. Jude the Apostle and Virgin Mary are the patron saints of Armenia.
  • The Kingdom of Armenia was the first state to adopt Christianity as its religion, in the early years of the 4th century.
  • Armenia is a member of more than 40 different international organizations, including the United Nations, Council of Europe, Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth of Independent States, World Trade Organization & the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.
  • Armenia is also an observer member of the Eurasian Economic Community, La Francophonie, and the Non-Aligned Movement.
  • Lake Sevan, situated in the highlands of Armenia, forms one of the largest lakes in the world.
  • Armenia’s Ararat Valley houses a huge underground lake.
  • Mount Ararat, geographically in Turkey, is one of the national symbols of Armenia.
  • The Ararat Valley of Armenia is believed to be inhabited since the Stone Age, making it is one of the oldest settled regions in the world.
  • The highest point in Armenia is formed by Mount Aragats (4090 m), which houses a dormant volcano.
  • Armenia is said to be one of the first centers of metallurgy in the world.
  • It is said that astronomy has been studied in Armenia since the time of the early city of Metsamor.
  • Yerevan was founded nearly 2800 years ago and today, forms one of the oldest cities in the world.
  • Christianity was adopted as the state religion in Armenia in 301 AD.
  • It is said that Apostles, Thaddeus and Bartholomew preached in Armenia and the Holy Apostolic Church of Armenia is named after them only.
  • The Cilician Kingdom of Lesser Armenia was formed by the people of Armenian, between the late 11th and 14th century.
  • Armenia was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in the 1450s.
  • Armenia became a part of the USSR, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, on March 4, 1922.
  • Armenia became independent in 1991, with the dissolution of USSR, and joined the Commonwealth of Independent States.
  • The constitution of Armenia was adopted through a referendum, on July 5, 1995.
  • Armenia is known the world-over for its apricots, considered to taste better than anywhere else in the world.
  • Armenia is a member of the CSTO military alliance and also participates in NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) program.
  • About 10% of the population live below the international poverty line. This means they earn less that US$1.25 per day.
  • Armenia is a ‘landlocked’ country. It is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Nakhchivan.
  • Wrestling, weightlifting, judo, chess and boxing are the most popular sports in Armenia.
  • In Armenia, it is traditional for the groom and his family to pay for the wedding.
  • Jazz music is very popular in Armenia. 

Map of Armenia