Armenia is a landlocked country in Eurasia. The country has a rich history and magnificent scenery. Here are some fun facts about Armenia.
- Armenia is among the few nations made up of only one ethnic group. Except for a 3% minority, the rest of the population identifies as Armenian.
- Chess is taught in schools as a mandatory subject.
- Armenian cuisine is not complete without the delicious flat bread locally known as lavash. The bread is such a significant part of Armenian culture that it was listed on UNESCO's cultural heritage list in 2014.
- Armenia is a bird’s haven, as more than 345 bird species reside in the country. Birdwatchers love to visit due to the variety of birds in the country.
- Christianity was first embraced as a state religion in Armenia in 301AD. To this day, Armenia is a predominantly Christian nation.
- Armenia has numerous iconic monasteries and churches, and these religious buildings are popular tourist sites.
- Armenia suffered a genocide in 1915 that resulted in the deaths of more than a million Armenians. The country marked the 100th anniversary on April 24th, 2015.
- Prominent personalities, such as the Kardashians, have Armenian ancestry.
- The country has a restriction on playing guitars, pianos, drums, or any other musical instruments at night. Anyone caught in the act is charged in a court of law.
- Armenia is said to produce some of the best and oldest wines. Soviet Ruler Joseph Stalin bought cases of Armenian wine and presented them to Winston Churchill as a gift during World War II.
- The country is home to one of the world’s oldest cities, Yerevan, which was constructed before Rome.
- Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city, is fondly referred to as the "pink city" due to various shades of pink in many buildings. These buildings were constructed using naturally pink volcanic rocks.
- Yerevan has an efficient and cheap underground metro constructed during the Soviet era.
- Armenians revere Mt. Ararat, which is situated in Turkey. The people believe that Noah’s Ark settled on its mountain top after the end of flooding.
- There are more Armenians currently living outside Armenia than there are in the country. Most of its people fled the country during the genocide. In fact, a community of Armenians in Los Angeles, California has formed a "Little Armenia."
- The world’s longest, double track non-stop cable car is found in Armenia. It runs a record 5,752 meters.
- Armenia has a volatile relationship with its neighbor, Azerbaijan, due to border disputes.
- Apricots are a special type of fruit in Armenia. Armenians love the fruit so much they incorporate it in wine, brandy, and juice.
- Armenia’s favorite ski resort is in Tsakhkadzor.
- Armenia is a tourist friendly nation. It treats tourists like the locals, which means the charges at tourist locations are cheap.
- Armenian athletes have been successful in weightlifting and wrestling events. They won three medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and covers 16% of the country’s surface.
- Armenia has monuments in the shape of Armenian Alphabets, created to celebrate 1600 years of the Armenian alphabet.
- Due to Armenia’s ties former Soviet ties, Russia is the most popular foreign language in Armenia.
- When held upside down, the Armenian flag resembles the Colombian flag.
- Armenians use the eternity sign as a national symbol.
- Armenia has three world heritage sites: Geghard monastery, Sanahin monastery, and Haghpat monastery.
- Soviet souvenirs are commonly found in Armenian tourist markets.
- The dram is Armenian’s official currency.
- 99% of Armenians can read and write.
This page was last updated on August 1, 2017.
By Benjamin Elisha Sawe
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