Facts About Armenia

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Armenia is a country in Eastern Europe that has no coastline. It is land-locked and bordered by several countries including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Turkey. Armenia is one of the oldest countries in the world and is believed to be the site where Noah’s ark rested after the big flood as stated in the Bible. Aside from being one of the oldest civilizations on Earth, Armenia and its people are also interesting to know because of the following facts:

Fact 1: Armenia claims the title of being the first country to become Christian. As early as 300 A.D., Armenia became the first civilization to have embraced the concept of Christianity. About 97% of Armenians label themselves as Christians and their country has some of the most beautiful churches in the world.

Fact 2: The game of chess is a requirement in Armenian schools. All Armenian boys and girls take chess classes as part of a compulsory subject. Exams and tests are even given regarding the game of chess.

Fact 3: Most people that live in Armenia are technically “Armenians”. Up to 97% of the residents of this country are ethnically Armenians with the remaining percentage representing various groups like Ukrainians and Russians among others. Only few countries in the world have a generally mono-ethnic population.

Fact 4: During the Ottoman rule back in 1915, about 1 and a half million Armenians were estimated to have died. The so-called mass genocide of Armenians is a sad part of the country’s history which happened after World War I. During this dark period, men were brutally killed first, then the women and children next, with the so-called intellectuals murdered last.

Fact 5: The capital city of Armenia which is Yerevan is considered one of the world’s oldest cities. Yerevan is also the largest city in this country with a population of more than 1 million people.

Fact 6: Literacy rate in Armenia is 100%. This simply means that statistically, all Armenians are able to acquire basic education and all of them are also able to read and write.

Fact 7: Armenians consider Mt. Ararat as sacred. Despite not being part of Armenian land anymore, this mountain is worshipped by many people. Many people consider this the site where Noah’s ark rested as mentioned in the Bible. Some also consider this mountain as protector of their country from earthquakes and other calamities. The Armenian’s fascination for Mt. Ararat is the reason why this mountain is considered a national symbol.

Fact 8: Armenia is a tourist-friendly city. This is in terms of tourist sites and attractions. Tourists in Armenia are basically charged the same amount as the locals in popular spots unlike in many other Eastern European countries.

Fact 9: Wine is also produced in Armenia. With rich fertile grounds at the foot of Mt. Ararat, Armenia is able to produce high quality grapes which are turned into wine.

Fact 10: Apricot is a favorite fruit in Armenia. The orange color in the Armenian flag is even a representation of this fruit. Markets across Armenia sell lots of apricots and apricot-based products like juices and wines.

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