Armenia

MOUNTAINOUS COUNTRY IN THE CAUCASUS REGION SITUATED ON THE BORDERS OF ASIA AND EUROPE.

The country has a population of three million people, a million of whom live in the vibrant capital, Yerevan. The Armenian diaspora is more than twice the size of the country’s population, consisting of about seven million people. Most live in Russia, France, Canada, the USA, Argentina and Lebanon.

Armenia is the cradle of Christianity: according to tradition, the Armenian Church was founded by the apostles Thaddaeus and Bartholomew, who preached Christianity in Armenia between 40-60 AD. It was the first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion at the beginning of the 4th century AD and modern Armenia recognises the Armenian Apostolic Church as its national church, while maintaining an official separation of church and state.

Today, Armenia has a modern and thriving character. It is similar to and yet distinct from that of many of its neighbouring countries. A former republic of the USSR, the Republic of Armenia has evolved into a modern nation-state with a democratic multiparty political system. It has a stable and growing economy and good political and economic relationships with countries such as the USA and Russia.

Hospitality and cuisine are keenly valued in Armenia, as they have been since ancient times. It has a long-standing reputation of being a welcoming country for foreigners with Russian and English widely spoken while the official national language is Armenian. It is customary when entering an Armenian household to be offered coffee and pastry, and a meal if there is time. Social gatherings always centre around sumptuous presentations of elaborately prepared dishes bringing out the delicious flavour of organic fruits and vegetables as well as various types of meat followed by sweet pastries.