19 Amazing Facts About Armenia

  1. Armenian FlagArmenia is located in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia.
  2. Its neighbours are Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, Iran to the south and Turkey to the west.
  3. Its coordinates are 40.1833° N, 44.5167° E.
  4. The total area of Armenia is 11,484 square miles (29,743 square kilometres).
  5. It had a population of 3 million in 2013.
  6. The capital is Yerevan, one of the oldest cities in the world which has an area of 88 square miles (227 square kilometres) and a population of 1.12 million (2009).
  7. The average life span in Armenia is 72 years.
  8. Armenia is home to the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world, stretching an incredible 3.5 miles (5.7 kilometres) long, taking you up between Halidzor and the Tatev monastery.
  9. Armenia only has one official language, Armenian.
  10. Believe it or not, chess is compulsory in schools here, they even have exams for it!
  11. Lavash is a bread that is widely eaten in Armenia. Baked in a ‘Tonir’ (an underground earth oven) and made from flour, salt and water, it can keep for up to a year! Pretty impressive!
  12. Dram is the currency of Armenia.
  13. Armenia produces vegetables, fruit and livestock…
  14. … and has an industry that consists of metal cutting machine tools, forging pressing machines, electric motors and tyres – heavy duty stuff!
  15. It also exports diamonds, mineral products, foodstuffs and energy.
  16. Armenians love apricots! You can buy fresh and dried apricots, apricot juice and even apricot wine in the markets here!
  17. Throughout the years, archeological excavations have uncovered evidence of the world’s oldest wine making facility, the oldest leather shoe and the world’s oldest skirt,dating back to 4000BC! Who knew Armenia were setting the fashion trends all along?!
  18. Located in the highlands of Armenia is one of the largest lakes in the world, Lake Sevan – worth a visit!
  19. The international dialling code for Armenia is 00374.  To find out how to make cheap calls to Armenia, click here

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