10 Interesting Country Facts (Armenia)

Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus and is the smallest of the former Soviet republics. It is bounded by Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south, and Turkey on the west.

Fast Facts about Armenia

1. Armenia gets its name from the Old Persian Behistun inscription as Armina. It is also known as Hayk in native Armenian language.

2.  In A.D. 301, Armenia became the first Christian nation; today it is almost surrounded by Islamic nations.

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3. Armenian dram is the official currency of Armenia.

4. Yerevan is the capital of Armenia.

5. Serzh Sargsyan is the current and the third President of Armenia. He assumed office on April 9, 2008. Tigran Sargsyan is the current Prime Minister of the nation. He assumed office on April 9, 2008.

6. The official language of Armenia is Armenian. Russian is also used in the country, including educational institutions. It is often considered as de facto second language.

7. Chess is a compulsory subject in schools. Interesting huh? All students have to take chess as a compulsory subject in school and there are even exams for it!

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8. The first church in the world was built in Armenia, Holy Etchimiadzin was the first state church built in the world back in the early 4th century. It’s one of the most visited pilgrimage site in the world.

9. Armenia’s National Day is celebrated on September 21. It declared its independence from Soviet Union on August 23, 1990, and on September 21,1991, it was recognized as an independent country.

10. The national flag of Armenia, consists of three horizontal bands of equal width, red on the top, blue in the middle, and orange (also described as “colour of apricot”) on the bottom. It was adopted on 24 August 1990.

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