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}}| image_flag = Flag of Armenia.svg| image_coat = Coat of arms of Armenia.svg| national_motto = Mer Hayrenik>Õ„Õ¥Ö€ Õ€Õ¡ÕµÖ€Õ¥Õ¶Õ«Ö„Mer Hayrenik{{smallercenter)| image_map = Armenia (orthographic projection).svg| image_map2 = | capital = Yerevan40N31type:city}}| largest_city = capitalArmenian language>ArmenianCONSTITUTION OF ARMENIA, ARTICLE 20>URL=HTTP://WWW.PRESIDENT.AM/EN/CONSTITUTION-2015/ACCESS-DATE=18 JANUARY 2018ARCHIVE-DATE=23 DECEMBER 2017, no, | national_languages = | languages2_type = | languages2_sub = | languages2 = 98.1% Armenians Yazidis in Armenia>Yazidis Russians in Armenia>Russians weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110511044234weblink">The Ethnic Minorities in Armenia. Part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe>OSCE. weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110511044234weblink">Archived copy at WebCite (16 April 2010).Ministry of Culture of Armenia "The ethnic minorities in Armenia. 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Dictionary.com Unabridged. 2015. , {{IPA-hy|hÉ‘jÉ‘sˈtÉ‘n|IPA}}), officially the Republic of Armenia (, {{IPA-hy|hÉ‘jÉ‘stɑˈni hÉ‘nɾɑpÉ›tutʰˈjun|IPA}}), is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western AsiaBOOK, Central Intelligence Agency, The CIA World Factbook 2015,weblink 2014, Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1-62914-903-5, 5241, The UN classification of world regions {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20020625192322weblink |date=25 June 2002 }} places Armenia in Western Asia; the CIA World Factbook WEB,weblink Armenia, The World Factbook, CIA, 2 September 2010,weblink 10 October 2010, no, WEB,weblink Armenia, National Geographic Society, National Geographic, 16 April 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070808084113weblink">weblink 8 August 2007, no, , WEB,weblink Armenia, Encyclopædia Britannica, 16 April 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090401081831weblink">weblink 1 April 2009, no, , BOOK, Calendario Atlante De Agostini, 2015, Istituto Geografico De Agostini, Novara, Italian, 9788851124908, sub voce, 111, and Oxford Reference Online JOURNAL, Oxford Reference, Oxford Reference Online, 10.1093/acref/9780199546091.001.0001, 2004, 9780199546091, also place Armenia in Asia. on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.BOOK, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Oxford University Press, 2003, 978-0-19-510507-0, 156,weblink Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. Urartu was established in 860 BC and by the 6th century BC it was replaced by the Satrapy of Armenia. The Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC and became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD.(BOOK, Garsoïan, Nina, Nina Garsoïan, Armenian People from Ancient to Modern Times, R.G. Hovannisian, Palgrave Macmillan, 1997, 81, 1, )BOOK, Stringer, Martin D., A Sociological History of Christian Worship, 2005, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 978-0-521-81955-8, 92, Smaller nations that have claimed a prior official adoption of Christianity include Osroene, the Silures, and San Marino. See Timeline of official adoptions of Christianity. The official date of state adoption of Christianity is 301.BOOK, René, Grousset, Histoire de l'Arménie, Payot, 1947, 1984, 122, . Estimated dates vary from 284 to 314. Garsoïan (op.cit. p. 82), following the research of Ananian, favours the latter. The ancient Armenian kingdom was split between the Byzantine and Sasanian Empires around the early 5th century. Under the Bagratuni dynasty, the Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia was restored in the 9th century. Declining due to the wars against the Byzantines, the kingdom fell in 1045 and Armenia was soon after invaded by the Seljuk Turks. An Armenian principality and later a kingdom Cilician Armenia was located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between the 11th and 14th centuries.Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the traditional Armenian homeland composed of Eastern Armenia and Western Armenia came under the rule of the Ottoman and Iranian empires, repeatedly ruled by either of the two over the centuries. By the 19th century, Eastern Armenia had been conquered by the Russian Empire, while most of the western parts of the traditional Armenian homeland remained under Ottoman rule. During World War I, Armenians living in their ancestral lands in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated in the Armenian Genocide. In 1918, following the Russian Revolution, all non-Russian countries declared their independence after the Russian Empire ceased to exist, leading to the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia. By 1920, the state was incorporated into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, and in 1922 became a founding member of the Soviet Union. In 1936, the Transcaucasian state was dissolved, transforming its constituent states, including the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, into full Union republics. The modern Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.Armenia recognises the Armenian Apostolic Church, the world's oldest national church, as the country's primary religious establishment.The republic has separation of church and stateWEB,weblink Constitution of Armenia, Article 18, president.am, 18 January 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171223102232weblink">weblink 23 December 2017, no, The unique Armenian alphabet was invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD.Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Artsakh, which was proclaimed in 1991.

Etymology

The original native Armenian name for the country was (), however it is currently rarely used. The contemporary name ((wikt:Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶|Hayastan)) became popular in the Middle Ages by addition of the Persian suffix -stan (place).{{citation needed|date=March 2017}}. However the origins of the name Hayastan trace back to much earlier dates and were first attested in circa 5th century in the works of Agathangelos,Ô±Õ£Õ¡Õ©Õ¡Õ¶Õ£Õ¥Õ²Õ¸Õ½ §§ 13 (Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ§Õ½), 16 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½ 2x, Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½), 35 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ¶), 160 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½), 249 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½), 715 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½), 776 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ¶), 784 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ¶), 796 (Õ« Õ´Õ§Õ» Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«), 808 (Õ°Õ¡Õ½Õ¡Õ¶Õ§Õ«Õ¶ Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ¶)Ö‰Ô±Õ£Õ¡Õ©Õ¡Õ¶Õ£Õ¥Õ²Õ¸Õ½ § 885 (Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¥Ö€Õ¯Ö€Õ«Õ¶) Faustus of Byzantium,Õ“Õ¡Ö‚Õ½Õ¿Õ¸Õ½ Ô²Õ¸Ö‚Õ¦Õ¡Õ¶Õ¤ 1883=1984, Õ§Õ» 1 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ¶)Õ“Õ¡Ö‚Õ½Õ¿Õ¸Õ½ Ô²Õ¸Ö‚Õ¦Õ¡Õ¶Õ¤ 1883=1984, 4.Õ¢, Õ§Õ» 56 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¥Ö€Õ¯Ö€Õ«Õ¶) Ghazar Parpetsi,904=1985, Õ§Õ» 2 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½), 110 (Õ¯Õ¡Õ¶Õ¡ÕµÕ½ Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ½) Koryun,Ô¿Õ¸Ö€Õ«Ö‚Õ¶ 1994, Õ§Õ» 83 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«), 93 (Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ¶), 103 (Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ«Õ¶), 120 (Õ« Õ€Õ¡ÕµÕ¡Õ½Õ¿Õ¡Õ¶ Õ¡Õ·Õ­Õ¡Ö€Õ°Õ§Õ½) and Sebeos.ÕªÕ¨ (Õ½Õ¥Õ¼. Հայաստանեայց, բացառ. Õ« Հայաստանեայց), Õ¿Õ¥Õ½ Ô±Õ¢Õ£Õ¡Ö€ÕµÕ¡Õ¶ 1979, Õ§Õ» 66, 90The name has traditionally been derived from Hayk (), the legendary patriarch of the Armenians and a great-great-grandson of Noah, who, according to the 5th-century AD author Moses of Chorene (Movsis Khorenatsi), defeated the Babylonian king Bel in 2492 BC and established his nation in the Ararat region.Razmik Panossian, The Armenians: From Kings And Priests to Merchants And Commissars, Columbia University Press (2006), {{ISBN|978-0-231-13926-7}}, p. 106. The further origin of the name is uncertain. It is also further postulatedRafael Ishkhanyan, "Illustrated History of Armenia," Yerevan, 1989Elisabeth Bauer. Armenia: Past and Present (1981), p. 49 that the name Hay comes from one of the two confederated, Hittite vassal states—the ḪayaÅ¡a-Azzi (1600–1200 BC).The exonym Armenia is attested in the Old Persian Behistun Inscription (515 BC) as (wikt:𐎠𐎼𐎷𐎡𐎴#Old Persian|Armina) ((File:Old Persian a.png|30x20pxpx) (File:Old Persian ra.png|30x20pxpx) (File:Old Persian mi.png|30x20pxpx) (File:Old Persian i.png|30x20pxpx) (File:Old Persian na.png|30x20pxpx)). The Ancient Greek terms {{wikt-lang|grc|Ἀρμενία}} (Armenía) and {{wikt-lang|grc|Ἀρμένιος|Ἀρμένιοι}} (Arménioi, "Armenians") are first mentioned by Hecataeus of Miletus (c. 550 BC – c. 476 BC)." (The Armenians border on the Chalybes to the south)".BOOK, Chahin, Mark, The Kingdom of Armenia, Routledge, 2001, London, fr. 203, 978-0-7007-1452-0, Xenophon, a Greek general serving in some of the Persian expeditions, describes many aspects of Armenian village life and hospitality in around 401 BC.BOOK, Xenophon, Anabasis, IV.v.2–9, Anabasis (Xenophon), Some scholars have linked the name Armenia with the Early Bronze Age state of Armani (Armanum, Armi) or the Late Bronze Age state of Arme (Shupria).BOOK,weblink Armenia Country Study Guide Volume 1 Strategic Information and Developments, Ibp Inc, 42, 9781438773827, 2013-09-01, These connections are inconclusive as it is not known what languages were spoken in these kingdoms. Additionally, while it is agreed that Arme was located to the immediate west of Lake Van (and therefore in the greater Armenia region), the location of the older site of Armani is a matter of debate. Some modern researchers have placed it in the same general area of Arme, near modern Samsat,JOURNAL, Archi, Alfonso, Egypt or Iran in the Ebla Texts?, Orientalia, 2016, 85, 3,weblink 8 June 2019, and have suggested it was populated, at least partially, by an early Indo-European-speaking people.JOURNAL, Kroonen, Guus; Gojko Barjamovic; Michaël Peyrot, Linguistic supplement to Damgaard et al. 2018: Early Indo-European languages, Anatolian, Tocharian and Indo-Iranian, 9 May 2018, 3,weblink It has also been speculated that the land of Ermenen (located in or near Minni), mentioned by the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III in 1446 BCE, could be a reference to Armenia.According to the histories of both Moses of Chorene and Michael Chamchian, Armenia derives from the name of Aram, a lineal descendant of Hayk.Moses of Chorene,The History of Armenia {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20030419093358weblink |date=19 April 2003 }}, Book 1, Ch. 12 {{ru icon}}History of Armenia by Father Michael Chamich from B.C. 2247 to the Year of Christ 1780, or 1229 of the Armenian era, Bishop's College Press, Calcutta, 1827, p. 19: "[Aram] was the first to raise the Armenian name to any degree of renown; so that contemporary nations... called them the Aramians, or followers of Aram, a name which has been corrupted into Armenians; and the country they inhabited, by universal consent, took the name of Armenia." The Table of Nations lists Aram as the son of Shem, to whom the Book of Jubilees attests, "And for Aram there came forth the fourth portion, all the land of Mesopotamia between the Tigris and the Euphrates to the north of the Chaldees to the border of the mountains of Asshur and the land of 'Arara.WEB, Charles, R.H. (1913). The Book of Jubilees 9:5 from The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament. Clarendon Press,weblink www.pseudepigrapha.com, 13 June 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180614031249weblink">weblink 14 June 2018, no, dmy-all, WEB, Charles, R.H. (1913). The Book of Jubilees 8:21 from The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament. Clarendon Press.,weblink digitalcommons.andrews.edu, 13 June 2018,weblink 13 June 2018, no, dmy-all, " Jubilees 8:21 also apportions the Mountains of Ararat to Shem, which Jubilees 9:5 expounds to be apportioned to Aram.The historian Flavius Josephus also states in his Antiquities of the Jews, "Aram had the Aramites, which the Greeks called Syrians;... Of the four sons of Aram, Uz founded Trachonitis and Damascus: this country lies between Palestine and Celesyria. Ul founded Armenia; and Gather the Bactrians; and Mesa the Mesaneans; it is now called Charax Spasini."BOOK, Josephus, Flavius, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, section 143,weblink 13 October 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171014101850weblink">weblink 14 October 2017, no, dmy-all, (File:Arshakuni Armenia 150-en.svg|thumb|Historical Armenia, 150 BC)

History

Antiquity

File:Zorats Karer 2008, part of the stone circle.jpg|right|thumb|Bronze Age burial site Zorats Karer (also known as Karahunj).]]
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Armenia lies in the highlands surrounding the mountains of Ararat. There is evidence of an early civilisation in Armenia in the Bronze Age and earlier, dating to about 4000 BC. Archaeological surveys in 2010 and 2011 at the Areni-1 cave complex have resulted in the discovery of the world's earliest known leather shoe,NEWS, CNN, Armenian cave yields what may be world's oldest leather shoe,weblink 9 June 2010, 28 January 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180128074651weblink">weblink 28 January 2018, no, skirt,WEB,weblink 5,900-year-old women's skirt discovered in Armenian cave, News Armenia, 13 September 2011, 14 September 2011,weblink 10 October 2017, no, dmy-all, and wine-producing facility.WEB, National Geographic Society, National Geographic, Earliest Known Winery Found in Armenian Cave,weblink 12 January 2011, 28 January 2018,weblink 8 January 2018, no, According to the story of Hayk, the legendary founder of Armenia, around 2107 BC Hayk fought against Belus, the Babylonian God of War, at ÇavuÅŸtepe along the Engil river to establish the very first Armenian state. Historically, this event coincides with the destruction of Akkad by the Gutian dynasty of Sumer in 2115 BC,De Mieroop, Marc Van. (2004). A History of the Ancient Near East: c. 3000-323BC. (pp.67) Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing a time when Hayk may have left with the “more than 300 members of his household” as told in the legend, and also during the beginning of when a Mesopotamian Dark Age was occurring due to the fall of the Akkadian Empire in 2154 BC which may have acted as a backdrop for the events in the legend making him leave Mesopotamia.Movses Khorenatsi, History of Armenia. Ed. by G. Sargsyan. Yerevan: Hayastan, 1997, (pp. 83,286)Several Bronze Age states flourished in the area of Greater Armenia, including the Hittites (at the height of their power), Mitanni (southwestern historical Armenia), and Hayasa-Azzi (1500–1200 BC). The Nairi confederation (12th to 9th centuries BC) and its successor, Urartu (860–590 BC), successively established their sovereignty over the Armenian Highlands. Each of the aforementioned nations and confederacies participated in the ethnogenesis of the Armenians.BOOK, Vahan, Kurkjian, History of Armenia, Michigan, Armenian General Benevolent Union, 1958, 1964,weblink 22 July 2009,weblink" title="archive.today/20120527052930weblink">weblink 27 May 2012, no, BOOK, Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia, v. 12, Yerevan, Armenian Encyclopedia, 1987, Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia, BOOK, Artak, Movsisyan, Sacred Highland: Armenia in the spiritual conception of the Near East, Yerevan, 2000, BOOK, Martiros, Kavoukjian, The Genesis of Armenian People, Montreal, 1982, Martiros Kavoukjian, A large cuneiform lapidary inscription found in Yerevan established that the modern capital of Armenia was founded in the summer of 782 BC by King Argishti I. Yerevan is the world's oldest city to have documented the exact date of its foundation.File:Xerxes I tomb Armenian soldier circa 470 BCE.jpg|thumb|left|upright=0.5|Armenian soldier of the Achaemenid army, circa 470 BC. Xerxes IXerxes IDuring the late 6th century BC, the first geographical entity that was called Armenia by neighbouring populations was established under the Orontid Dynasty within the Achaemenid Empire, as part of the latters' territories. The kingdom became fully sovereign from the sphere of influence of the Seleucid Empire in 190 BC under King Artaxias I and begun the rule of the Artaxiad dynasty. Armenia reached its height between 95 and 66 BC under Tigranes the Great, becoming the most powerful kingdom of its time east of the Roman Republic.In the next centuries, Armenia was in the Persian Empire's sphere of influence during the reign of Tiridates I, the founder of the Arsacid dynasty of Armenia, which itself was a branch of the Parthian Empire. Throughout its history, the kingdom of Armenia enjoyed both periods of independence and periods of autonomy subject to contemporary empires. Its strategic location between two continents has subjected it to invasions by many peoples, including Assyria (under Ashurbanipal, at around 669–627 BC, the boundaries of Assyria reached as far as Armenia and the Caucasus Mountains),WEB,weblink Assyria, Joshua J. Mark, Ancient History Encyclopedia, 13 May 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130501060335weblink">weblink 1 May 2013, no, Medes, Achaemenid Empire, Greeks, Parthians, Romans, Sasanian Empire, Byzantine Empire, Arabs, Seljuk Empire, Mongols, Ottoman Empire, the successive Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar dynasties of Iran, and the Russians.File:Garni Temple 02.JPG|thumb|The pagan Garni Temple, probably built in the first century, is the only "Greco-Roman colonnaded building" in the (post-Soviet states]].BOOK, The Archaeology of Power and Politics in Eurasia: Regimes and Revolutions, 2012, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-107-01652-1, 65, Charles W. Hartley, G. Bike YazicioÄŸlu, Adam T. Smith, ...the unique temple-tomb at Garni, just east of Yerevan – the only Greco-Roman colonnaded building anywhere in the Soviet Union., )Religion in ancient Armenia was historically related to a set of beliefs that, in Persia, led to the emergence of Zoroastrianism. It particularly focused on the worship of Mithra and also included a pantheon of gods such as Aramazd, Vahagn, Anahit, and Astghik. The country used the solar Armenian calendar, which consisted of 12 months.Christianity spread into the country as early as AD 40. Tiridates III of Armenia (238–314) made Christianity the state religion in 301,WEB, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, The World Factbook: Armenia,weblink 15 November 2007,weblink 14 November 2007, no, BOOK, Brunner, Borgna, Time Almanac with Information Please 2007, 685, 978-1-933405-49-0, 2006, Time Home Entertainment, New York,weblink partly, in defiance of the Sasanian Empire, it seems,Mary Boyce. Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150919131431weblink |date=19 September 2015 }} Psychology Press, 2001 {{ISBN|0-415-23902-8}} p. 84 becoming the first officially Christian state, ten years before the Roman Empire granted Christianity an official toleration under Galerius, and 36 years before Constantine the Great was baptised. Prior to this, during the latter part of the Parthian period, Armenia was a predominantly Zoroastrian country.After the fall of the Kingdom of Armenia in 428, most of Armenia was incorporated as a marzpanate within the Sasanian Empire. Following the Battle of Avarayr in 451, Christian Armenians maintained their religion and Armenia gained autonomy.

Middle Ages

{{more citations needed section|date=September 2016}}File:Etchmiadzin cathedral.jpg|thumb|The Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia's Mother Church traditionally dated 303 AD, is considered the oldest cathedral in the world.BOOK, Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Africa and the Middle East, 2008, (Infobase Publishing]], New York, 978-1-4381-2676-0, 65, Stokes, Jamie, Etchmiatzin is located in the west of modern Armenia, close to the border with Turkey, and its fourth-century cathedral is generally regarded as the oldest in the world., BOOK, Bauer-Manndorff, Elisabeth, Armenia: Past and Present, 1981, Reich Verlag, Lucerne, 8063377, Etchmiadzin, with the world's oldest cathedral and the seat of the Catholicos, draws tourists from all over the world., BOOK, Utudjian, Édouard, Armenian Architecture: 4th to 17th Century, 1968, Editions A. Morancé, Paris, 464421, 7, Édouard Utudjian, ...the oldest cathedral in Christendom, that of Etchmiadzin, founded in the 4th century., )After the Sasanian period (428–636), Armenia emerged as Arminiya, an autonomous principality under the Umayyad Caliphate, reuniting Armenian lands previously taken by the Byzantine Empire as well. The principality was ruled by the Prince of Armenia, and recognised by the Caliph and the Byzantine Emperor. It was part of the administrative division/emirate Arminiya created by the Arabs, which also included parts of Georgia and Caucasian Albania, and had its centre in the Armenian city, Dvin. Arminiya lasted until 884, when it regained its independence from the weakened Abbasid Caliphate under Ashot I of Armenia.The reemergent Armenian kingdom was ruled by the Bagratuni dynasty and lasted until 1045. In time, several areas of the Bagratid Armenia separated as independent kingdoms and principalities such as the Kingdom of Vaspurakan ruled by the House of Artsruni in the south, Kingdom of Syunik in the east, or Kingdom of Artsakh on the territory of modern Nagorno-Karabakh, while still recognising the supremacy of the Bagratid kings.File:Cilician Armenia-en.svg|thumb|The Armenian Kingdom of CiliciaArmenian Kingdom of CiliciaIn 1045, the Byzantine Empire conquered Bagratid Armenia. Soon, the other Armenian states fell under Byzantine control as well. The Byzantine rule was short lived, as in 1071 the Seljuk Empire defeated the Byzantines and conquered Armenia at the Battle of Manzikert, establishing the Seljuk Empire.JOURNAL, Holt, Peter Malcolm, Lambton, Ann Katharine Swynford, Lewis, Bernard, yes, The Cambridge History of Islam, 1977, 231–32, harv, To escape death or servitude at the hands of those who had assassinated his relative, Gagik II of Armenia, King of Ani, an Armenian named Ruben I, Prince of Armenia, went with some of his countrymen into the gorges of the Taurus Mountains and then into Tarsus of Cilicia. The Byzantine governor of the palace gave them shelter where the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia was eventually established on 6 January 1198 under Leo I, King of Armenia, a descendant of Prince Ruben.Cilicia was a strong ally of the European Crusaders, and saw itself as a bastion of Christendom in the East. Cilicia's significance in Armenian history and statehood is also attested by the transfer of the seat of the Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the spiritual leader of the Armenian people, to the region.The Seljuk Empire soon started to collapse. In the early 12th century, Armenian princes of the Zakarid family drove out the Seljuk Turks and established a semi-independent principality in northern and eastern Armenia known as Zakarid Armenia, which lasted under the patronage of the Georgian Kingdom. The Orbelian Dynasty shared control with the Zakarids in various parts of the country, especially in Syunik and Vayots Dzor, while the House of Hasan-Jalalyan controlled provinces of Artsakh and Utik as the Kingdom of Artsakh.

Early Modern era

{{further|Iranian Armenia (1502–1828)|Armenians in the Ottoman Empire|Russian Armenia}}During the 1230s, the Mongol Empire conquered Zakarid Armenia and then the remainder of Armenia. The Mongolian invasions were soon followed by those of other Central Asian tribes, such as the Kara Koyunlu, Timurid dynasty and Ağ Qoyunlu, which continued from the 13th century until the 15th century. After incessant invasions, each bringing destruction to the country, with time Armenia became weakened.In the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire and the Safavid dynasty of Iran divided Armenia. From the early 16th century, both Western Armenia and Eastern Armenia fell to the Safavid Empire.BOOK, Rayfield, Donald, Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia,weblink 2013, Reaktion Books, 978-1-78023-070-2, 165, 28 November 2016,weblink 5 February 2017, no, BOOK, Ward, Steven R., Immortal, Updated Edition: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces,weblink 2014, Georgetown University Press, 978-1-62616-032-3, 43, 28 November 2016,weblink 5 February 2017, no, Owing to the century long Turco-Iranian geopolitical rivalry that would last in Western Asia, significant parts of the region were frequently fought over between the two rivalling empires. From the mid 16th century with the Peace of Amasya, and decisively from the first half of the 17th century with the Treaty of Zuhab until the first half of the 19th century,BOOK, Herzig, Edmund, Kurkchiyan, Marina, The Armenians: Past and Present in the Making of National Identity,weblink 2004, Routledge, 978-1-135-79837-6, 47, 28 November 2016,weblink 11 January 2017, no, Eastern Armenia was ruled by the successive Safavid, Afsharid and Qajar empires, while Western Armenia remained under Ottoman rule.From 1604, Abbas I of Iran implemented a "scorched earth" policy in the region to protect his north-western frontier against any invading Ottoman forces, a policy that involved a forced resettlement of masses of Armenians outside of their homelands.H. Nahavandi, Y. Bomati, Shah Abbas, empereur de Perse (1587–1629) (Perrin, Paris, 1998)File:Capture of Erivan Fortress by Russia, 1827 (by Franz Roubaud).jpg|thumb|Capture of Erivan fortress by Russian troops in 1827 during the Russo-Persian War (1826–28) by Franz RoubaudFranz RoubaudIn the 1813 Treaty of Gulistan and the 1828 Treaty of Turkmenchay, following the Russo-Persian War (1804–13) and the Russo-Persian War (1826–28), respectively, the Qajar dynasty of Iran was forced to irrevocably cede Eastern Armenia, consisting of the Erivan and Karabakh Khanates, to Imperial Russia.BOOK, Mikaberidze, Alexander, Alexander Mikaberidze, Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia,weblink 2011, ABC-CLIO, 978-1-59884-337-8, 33, 351, 28 November 2016,weblink 5 February 2017, no, BOOK, Dowling, Timothy C., Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond [2 volumes],weblink 2014, ABC-CLIO, 978-1-59884-948-6, 728–, 28 November 2016,weblink 8 February 2017, no, While Western Armenia still remained under Ottoman rule, the Armenians were granted considerable autonomy within their own enclaves and lived in relative harmony with other groups in the empire (including the ruling Turks). However, as Christians under a strict Muslim social structure, Armenians faced pervasive discrimination. When they began pushing for more rights within the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdul Hamid II, in response, organised state-sponsored massacres against the Armenians between 1894 and 1896, resulting in an estimated death toll of 80,000 to 300,000 people. The Hamidian massacres, as they came to be known, gave Hamid international infamy as the "Red Sultan" or "Bloody Sultan".BOOK, Minahan, James, The complete guide to national symbols and emblems, 2010, Greenwood Press, Santa Barbara, Calif., 978-0-313-34497-8, 310,weblink 27 August 2015,weblink 25 October 2015, no, This period is known as Russian Armenia.During the 1890s, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, commonly known as Dashnaktsutyun, became active within the Ottoman Empire with the aim of unifying the various small groups in the empire that were advocating for reform and defending Armenian villages from massacres that were widespread in some of the Armenian-populated areas of the empire. Dashnaktsutyun members also formed Armenian fedayi groups that defended Armenian civilians through armed resistance. The Dashnaks also worked for the wider goal of creating a "free, independent and unified" Armenia, although they sometimes set aside this goal in favour of a more realistic approach, such as advocating autonomy.The Ottoman Empire began to collapse, and in 1908, the Young Turk Revolution overthrew the government of Sultan Hamid. In April 1909, the Adana massacre occurred in the Adana Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire resulting in the deaths of as many as 20,000–30,000 Armenians. The Armenians living in the empire hoped that the Committee of Union and Progress would change their second-class status. The Armenian reform package (1914) was presented as a solution by appointing an inspector general over Armenian issues.BOOK, Kirakosian, J. S., Hayastane michazkayin divanakitut'yan ew sovetakan artakin kaghakakanut'yan pastateghterum, 1828–1923, Armenia in the documents of international diplomacy and Soviet foreign policy, 1828–1923, Yerevan, 1972, 149–358, Armenian,

World War I and the Armenian Genocide

File:Morgenthau336.jpg|thumb|Armenian GenocideArmenian GenocideThe outbreak of World War I led to confrontation between the Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire in the Caucasus and Persian Campaigns. The new government in Istanbul began to look on the Armenians with distrust and suspicion, because the Imperial Russian Army contained a contingent of Armenian volunteers. On 24 April 1915, Armenian intellectuals were arrested by Ottoman authorities and, with the Tehcir Law (29 May 1915), eventually a large proportion of Armenians living in Anatolia perished in what has become known as the Armenian Genocide.The genocide was implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.{{Citation|first1=Hans-Lukas|last1=Kieser|first2=Dominik J.|last2=Schaller|language=German|title=Der Völkermord an den Armeniern und die Shoah|trans-title=The Armenian genocide and the Shoah|publisher=Chronos|year=2002|isbn=978-3-0340-0561-6|page=114}}{{Citation |title = Armenia: The Survival of A Nation |first = Christopher J. |last = Walker |publisher = Croom Helm |place = London |year = 1980 |pages = 200–03}} There was local Armenian resistance in the region, developed against the activities of the Ottoman Empire. The events of 1915 to 1917 are regarded by Armenians and the vast majority of Western historians to have been state-sponsored mass killings, or genocide.WEB,weblinkweblink yes, 16 November 2001, Extensive bibliography by University of Michigan on the Armenian Genocide, Umd.umich.edu, 30 December 2010, Turkish authorities deny the genocide took place to this day. The Armenian Genocide is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides.WEB,weblink Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Resolution, Armenian genocide, 10 February 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160303171925weblink">weblink 3 March 2016, no, dmy-all, BOOK, Niall Ferguson, Ferguson, Niall, The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, New York, Penguin Press, 2006, 978-1-59420-100-4, 177,weblink According to the research conducted by Arnold J. Toynbee, an estimated 600,000 Armenians died during deportation from 1915–16. This figure, however, accounts for solely the first year of the Genocide and does not take into account those who died or were killed after the report was compiled on 24 May 1916.Robert Melson, Revolution and Genocide: On the Origins of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust, University Of Chicago Press, 15 October 1992, p. 147 The International Association of Genocide Scholars places the death toll at "more than a million".Q&A: Armenian genocide dispute {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070301211630weblink |date=1 March 2007 }}. BBC News. 10 July 2008. The total number of people killed has been most widely estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million.WEB, Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex,weblink Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, 10 February 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160120092829weblink">weblink 20 January 2016, no, dmy-all, Armenia and the Armenian diaspora have been campaigning for official recognition of the events as genocide for over 30 years. These events are traditionally commemorated yearly on 24 April, the Armenian Martyr Day, or the Day of the Armenian Genocide.

First Republic of Armenia

File:First Republic of Armenia.png|thumb|{{legend|#FF7F00|Territory held by Armenia and the Karabakh Council at some point}} {{legend|beige|Area given to Armenia by the Treaty of SèvresTreaty of SèvresFile:Yerevan Hanrapetutyan street 02.jpg|thumb|The Government house of the First Republic of ArmeniaFirst Republic of ArmeniaAlthough the Russian Caucasus Army of Imperial forces commanded by Nikolai Yudenich and Armenians in volunteer units and Armenian militia led by Andranik Ozanian and Tovmas Nazarbekian succeeded in gaining most of Ottoman Armenia during World War I, their gains were lost with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.{{Citation needed|date=July 2009}} At the time, Russian-controlled Eastern Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan attempted to bond together in the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic. This federation, however, lasted from only February to May 1918, when all three parties decided to dissolve it. As a result, the Dashnaktsutyun government of Eastern Armenia declared its independence on 28 May as the First Republic of Armenia under the leadership of Aram Manukian.The First Republic's short-lived independence was fraught with war, territorial disputes, and a mass influx of refugees from Ottoman Armenia, bringing with them disease and starvation. The Entente Powers, appalled by the actions of the Ottoman government, sought to help the newly founded Armenian state through relief funds and other forms of support.At the end of the war, the victorious powers sought to divide up the Ottoman Empire. Signed between the Allied and Associated Powers and Ottoman Empire at Sèvres on 10 August 1920, the Treaty of Sèvres promised to maintain the existence of the Armenian republic and to attach the former territories of Ottoman Armenia to it. Because the new borders of Armenia were to be drawn by United States President Woodrow Wilson, Ottoman Armenia was also referred to as "Wilsonian Armenia". In addition, just days prior, on 5 August 1920, Mihran Damadian of the Armenian National Union, the de facto Armenian administration in Cilicia, declared the independence of Cilicia as an Armenian autonomous republic under French protectorate.Hovannisian, Richard, and Simon Payaslian. Armenian Cilicia. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, Inc., 2008. 483. Print.There was even consideration of making Armenia a mandate under the protection of the United States. The treaty, however, was rejected by the Turkish National Movement, and never came into effect. The movement used the treaty as the occasion to declare itself the rightful government of Turkey, replacing the monarchy based in Istanbul with a republic based in Ankara.File:11thRedArmyYerevan.jpg|thumb|left|Advance of the 11th Red Army into the city of Yerevan]]In 1920, Turkish nationalist forces invaded the fledgling Armenian republic from the east. Turkish forces under the command of Kazım Karabekir captured Armenian territories that Russia had annexed in the aftermath of the 1877–1878 Russo-Turkish War and occupied the old city of Alexandropol (present-day Gyumri). The violent conflict finally concluded with the Treaty of Alexandropol on 2 December 1920. The treaty forced Armenia to disarm most of its military forces, cede all former Ottoman territory granted to it by the Treaty of Sèvres, and to give up all the "Wilsonian Armenia" granted to it at the Sèvres treaty. Simultaneously, the Soviet Eleventh Army, under the command of Grigoriy Ordzhonikidze, invaded Armenia at Karavansarai (present-day Ijevan) on 29 November. By 4 December, Ordzhonikidze's forces entered Yerevan and the short-lived Armenian republic collapsed.After the fall of the republic, the February Uprising soon took place in 1921, and led to the establishment of the Republic of Mountainous Armenia by Armenian forces under command of Garegin Nzhdeh on 26 April, which fought off both Soviet and Turkish intrusions in the Zangezur region of southern Armenia. After Soviet agreements to include the Syunik Province in Armenia's borders, the rebellion ended and the Red Army took control of the region on 13 July.

Soviet Armenia

File:Emblem of the Armenian SSR.svg|thumb|The coat of arms of Soviet Armenia depicting Mount AraratMount AraratArmenia was annexed by Bolshevist Russia and along with Georgia and Azerbaijan, it was incorporated into the Soviet Union as part of the Transcaucasian SFSR (TSFSR) on 4 March 1922.WEB,weblink The Soviet Period – History – Azerbaijan – Asia, 25 July 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110929150339weblink">weblink 29 September 2011, no, weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150925080238weblink">Закавказская федерация. Большая советская энциклопедия, 3-е изд., гл. ред. А. М. Прохоров. Москва: Советская энциклопедия, 1972. Т. 9 (BOOK, Transcaucasian Federation, Great Soviet Encyclopedia, A. M. Prokhorov, Russian, Soviet Encyclopedia, Moscow, 1972, 9, etal, Great Soviet Encyclopedia, ) With this annexation, the Treaty of Alexandropol was superseded by the Turkish-Soviet Treaty of Kars. In the agreement, Turkey allowed the Soviet Union to assume control over Adjara with the port city of Batumi in return for sovereignty over the cities of Kars, Ardahan, and Iğdır, all of which were part of Russian Armenia.The TSFSR existed from 1922 to 1936, when it was divided up into three separate entities (Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, and Georgian SSR). Armenians enjoyed a period of relative stability under Soviet rule. They received medicine, food, and other provisions from Moscow, and communist rule proved to be a soothing balm in contrast to the turbulent final years of the Ottoman Empire. The situation was difficult for the church, which struggled under Soviet rule. After the death of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin took the reins of power and began an era of renewed fear and terror for Armenians.Ronald G. Suny, James Nichol, Darrell L. Slider. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. 1995. pp. 17 and followingArmenia was not the scene of any battles in World War II. An estimated 500,000 Armenians (nearly a third of the population) served in the Red Army during the war, and 175,000 died.C. Mouradian, L'Armenie sovietique, pp. 278–79Fears decreased when Stalin died in 1953 and Nikita Khruschev emerged as the Soviet Union's new leader. Soon, life in Soviet Armenia began to see rapid improvement. The church, which suffered greatly under Stalin, was revived when Catholicos Vazgen I assumed the duties of his office in 1955. In 1967, a memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide was built at the Tsitsernakaberd hill above the Hrazdan gorge in Yerevan. This occurred after mass demonstrations took place on the tragic event's fiftieth anniversary in 1965.File:Karabakh movement demonstration at Yerevan Opera square (4).jpg|thumb|Armenians gather at Theater Square in central Yerevan to claim unification of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast with the Armenian SSRArmenian SSRDuring the Gorbachev era of the 1980s, with the reforms of Glasnost and Perestroika, Armenians began to demand better environmental care for their country, opposing the pollution that Soviet-built factories brought. Tensions also developed between Soviet Azerbaijan and its autonomous district of Nagorno-Karabakh, a majority-Armenian region. About 484,000 Armenians lived in Azerbaijan in 1970."Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20111103114602weblink |date=3 November 2011 }}". The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). The Armenians of Karabakh demanded unification with Soviet Armenia. Peaceful protests in Yerevan supporting the Karabakh Armenians were met with anti-Armenian pogroms in the Azerbaijani city of Sumgait. Compounding Armenia's problems was a devastating earthquake in 1988 with a moment magnitude of 7.2.Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2004. p. 74 by Imogen Gladman, Taylor & Francis GroupGorbachev's inability to alleviate any of Armenia's problems created disillusionment among the Armenians and fed a growing hunger for independence. In May 1990, the New Armenian Army (NAA) was established, serving as a defence force separate from the Soviet Red Army. Clashes soon broke out between the NAA and Soviet Internal Security Forces (MVD) troops based in Yerevan when Armenians decided to commemorate the establishment of the 1918 First Republic of Armenia. The violence resulted in the deaths of five Armenians killed in a shootout with the MVD at the railway station. Witnesses there claimed that the MVD used excessive force and that they had instigated the fighting.Further firefights between Armenian militiamen and Soviet troops occurred in Sovetashen, near the capital and resulted in the deaths of over 26 people, mostly Armenians. The pogrom of Armenians in Baku in January 1990 forced almost all of the 200,000 Armenians in the Azerbaijani capital Baku to flee to Armenia.Notes from Baku: Black January {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090827072157weblink |date=27 August 2009 }}. Rufat Ahmedov. EurasiaNet Human Rights. On 23 August 1990, Armenia declared its sovereignty on its territory. On 17 March 1991, Armenia, along with the Baltic states, Georgia and Moldova, boycotted a nationwide referendum in which 78% of all voters voted for the retention of the Soviet Union in a reformed form.WEB,weblink The March Referendum, 10 November 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061015092843weblink">weblink 15 October 2006,

Restoration of independence

File:NKR war.JPG|thumb|Armenian soldiers during the Nagorno-Karabakh WarNagorno-Karabakh WarOn 21 September 1991, Armenia officially declared its independence after the failed August coup in Moscow. Levon Ter-Petrosyan was popularly elected the first President of the newly independent Republic of Armenia on 16 October 1991. He had risen to prominence by leading the Karabakh movement for the unification of the Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh. On 26 December 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist and Armenia's independence was recognised.Ter-Petrosyan led Armenia alongside Defense Minister Vazgen Sargsyan through the Nagorno-Karabakh War with neighbouring Azerbaijan. The initial post-Soviet years were marred by economic difficulties, which had their roots early in the Karabakh conflict when the Azerbaijani Popular Front managed to pressure the Azerbaijan SSR to instigate a railway and air blockade against Armenia. This move effectively crippled Armenia's economy as 85% of its cargo and goods arrived through rail traffic.BOOK, Croissant, Michael P., The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Causes and Implications, Praeger, 1998, London, 978-0-275-96241-8,weblink In 1993, Turkey joined the blockade against Armenia in support of Azerbaijan.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060820170846weblink">weblink 20 August 2006, Global Heritage Fund, The Ties That Divide, 17 June 2006, 22 July 2009, (File:September 21, 2011 parade, Yerevan.jpg|thumb|upright|left|21 September 2011 parade in Yerevan, marking the 20th anniversary of Armenia's re-independence)The Karabakh war ended after a Russian-brokered cease-fire was put in place in 1994. The war was a success for the Karabakh Armenian forces who managed to capture 16% of Azerbaijan's internationally recognised territory including Nagorno-Karabakh itself.BOOK, Thomas, De Waal, Black Garden: Armenia And Azerbaijan Through Peace and War, New York, New York University Press, 240, 978-0-8147-1945-9, 2004, Since then, Armenia and Azerbaijan have held peace talks, mediated by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The status of Karabakh has yet to be determined. The economies of both countries have been hurt in the absence of a complete resolution and Armenia's borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan remain closed. By the time both Azerbaijan and Armenia had finally agreed to a ceasefire in 1994, an estimated 30,000 people had been killed and over a million had been displaced.A Conflict That Can Be Resolved in Time: Nagorno-Karabakh {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20081001192200weblink |date=1 October 2008 }}. International Herald Tribune. 29 November 2003.As it enters the 21st century, Armenia faces many hardships. It has made a full switch to a market economy. One study ranks it the 41st most "economically free" nation in the world, {{As of|2014|lc=y}}.WEB,weblink Heritage Index of Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090720010300weblink">weblink 20 July 2009, no, Its relations with Europe, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States have allowed Armenia to increase trade.WEB,weblink EU negotiations with Armenia and Georgia on Free Trade Agreements successfully concluded, EPP Group, 10 February 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160120092829weblink">weblink 20 January 2016, yes, WEB,weblink Armenia will significantly increase its revenues by reinforcing its role of a transit country between Europe, CIS and Middle East, Arka News Agency, 10 February 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160216041554weblink">weblink 16 February 2016, no, Gas, oil, and other supplies come through two vital routes: Iran and Georgia. Armenia maintains cordial relations with both countries.WEB,weblink Europe Could Draw Gas Through Iran–Armenia Pipeline, European dialogue, 10 February 2016, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160217042353weblink">weblink 17 February 2016,

Geography

Armenia is a landlocked country in the geopolitical Transcaucasus (South Caucasus) region, that is located in the Southern Caucasus Mountains and their lowlands between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, and northeast of the Armenian Highlands. Armenia is bordered on the north by Georgia, the east by Azerbaijan; the south by Iran; and the southwest and west by Turkey. Armenia lies between latitudes 38° and 42° N, and meridians 43° and 47° E.

Topography

File:Armenien topo.jpg|thumb|Armenia's mountainous and volcanic topographytopographyThe Republic of Armenia has a territorial area of {{convert|29743|km2|sqmi|0}}. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with fast flowing rivers, and few forests. The land rises to {{convert|4,090|m|ft|0|abbr=off}} above sea level at Mount Aragats, and no point is below {{convert|390|m|ft|0}} above sea level.WEB, Geographic Characteristic of The Republic of Armenia, Marzes of the Republic of Armenia in Figures, 2002–2006, National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia,weblink 2007, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090325034102weblink">weblink 25 March 2009, no, Average elevation of the country area is 10th highest in the world and it has 85.9% mountain area, more than Switzerland or Nepal.WEB,weblink Percentage of Mountain Area per Country (map),weblink 9 January 2019, no,
Mount Ararat
Mount Ararat, which was historically part of Armenia, is the highest mountain in the region. Now located in Turkey, but clearly visible from Armenia, it is regarded by the Armenians as a symbol of their land. Because of this, the mountain is present on the Armenian national emblem today.BOOK, Natasha May Azarian, The Seeds of Memory: Narrative Renditions of the Armenian Genocide Across Generations,weblink 28 April 2013, 2007, ProQuest, 978-0-549-53005-3, 96, Mount Ararat is considered the 'heart' of historical Armenia as it is Armenian folklore which considers the majestic mountain to be the place where Noah's Arc landed. Armenian businesses, households, and schools almost ubiquitously have at ...,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130528131920weblink">weblink 28 May 2013, no, BOOK, Rouben Paul Adalian, Historical Dictionary of Armenia,weblink 28 April 2013, 13 May 2010, Scarecrow Press, 978-0-8108-7450-3, 85, Although the mythology associated with the pagan worship of the mountain is now lost to popular belief, Mount Ararat has played a very ...,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130528164521weblink">weblink 28 May 2013, no, BOOK, James Minahan, Miniature empires: a historical dictionary of the newly independent states,weblink 28 April 2013, 1998, Greenwood Publishing Group, 978-0-313-30610-5, 2–3, Mount Ararat, the legendary landing place of Noah's Ark, is located in what is now modern Turkey. Situated near the border, the peak is visible from nearly every area of Armenia. Historically, the mountain has been the Armenian people's most ...,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130528125621weblink">weblink 28 May 2013, no,

Climate

File:Koppen-Geiger Map ARM present.svg|thumb|Köppen-Geiger climate classificationKöppen-Geiger climate classificationThe climate in Armenia is markedly highland continental. Summers are hot, dry and sunny, lasting from June to mid-September. The temperature fluctuates between {{convert|22|and|36|C|F}}. However, the low humidity level mitigates the effect of high temperatures. Evening breezes blowing down the mountains provide a welcome refreshing and cooling effect. Springs are short, while autumns are long. Autumns are known for their vibrant and colourful foliage.Winters are quite cold with plenty of snow, with temperatures ranging between {{convert|-10|and|-5|°C|°F}}. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy skiing down the hills of Tsakhkadzor, located thirty minutes outside Yerevan. Lake Sevan, nestled up in the Armenian highlands, is the second largest lake in the world relative to its altitude, at {{convert|1900|m|ft|0}} above sea level.

Environmental protection

(File:CO2 emissions per capita in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Germany, Italy, USA in 2000-2012.jpg|thumb|Carbon dioxide emissions in metric tons per capita in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Germany, Italy, USA in 2000–2012. World Bank data.)Armenia ranked 63rd out of 180 countries on Environmental Performance Index (EPI) in 2018. Its rank on subindex Environmental Health (which is weighted at 40% in EPI) is 109, while Armenia's rank on subindex of Ecosystem Vitality (weighted at 60% in EPI) is 27th best in the world.WEB,weblink Environmental Performance Index, epi.envirocenter.yale.edu, en, 2018-02-02, This suggests that main environmental issues in Armenia are with population health, while environment vitality is of lesser concern. Out of sub-subindices contributing to Environmental Health subindex ranking on Air Quality to which population is exposed is particularly unsatisfying.Waste management in Armenia is underdeveloped, as no waste sorting or recycling takes place at Armenia's 60 landfills. A waste processing plant is scheduled for construction near Hrazdan city, which will allow for closure of 10 waste dumps.WEB,weblink "We have good reasons to boast economic growth in the coming years" – Karen Karapetyan Pleased with 2017 Indices in Kotayk Marz, www.gov.am, en, 2018-02-16,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180216204522weblink">weblink 16 February 2018, no, Despite the availability of abundant renewable energy sources in Armenia (especially hydroelectric and wind power) and calls from EU officials to shut down the nuclear power plant at Metsamor,WEB,weblink EU: Armenia nuclear plant should be shut down as soon as possible, news.am, en, 2018-02-16,weblink 16 February 2018, no, the Armenian Government is exploring the possibilities of installing new small modular nuclear reactors. In 2018 existing nuclear plant is scheduled for modernization to enhance its safety and increase power production by about 10%.WEB,weblink Modernization to increase the capacity of Armenian nuclear power plant by 10%, arka.am, 2018-02-16,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180216143937weblink">weblink 16 February 2018, no, NEWS,weblink Armenian Nuclear Power Plant upgrading program to continue in 2018, armenpress.am, 2018-02-16, en,weblink 16 February 2018, no, Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection introduced taxes for air and water pollution and solid-waste disposal, whose revenues are used for environmental protection activities.

Government and politics

File:2014 Erywań, Budynek Zgromadzenia Narodowego Republiki Armenii.jpg|thumb|The National Assembly in YerevanYerevanArmenia is a representative parliamentary democratic republic. The Armenian constitution adhered to the model of a semi-presidential republic until April 2018.According to the current Constitution of Armenia, the President is the head of state holding largely representational functions, while the Prime Minister is the head of government and exercises executive power.Legislative power is vested in the Azgayin Zhoghov or National Assembly, which is an unicameral parliament.Armenia has universal suffrage above the age of eighteen.

Foreign relations

File:Armen Sarkissian with Mike Pompeo.jpg|thumb|U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo with Armenian President Armen SarkissianArmen SarkissianArmenia presently maintains positive relations with almost every country in the world, with two major exceptions being its immediate neighbours, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Tensions were running high between Armenians and Azerbaijanis during the final years of the Soviet Union. The Nagorno-Karabakh War dominated the region's politics throughout the 1990s.WEB, Nagorno-Karabakh: The Crisis in the Caucasus,weblink 4 May 2019,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060721165228weblink">weblink 21 July 2006, no, To this day, Armenia's borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan are under severe blockade. In addition, a permanent solution for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has not been reached despite the mediation provided by organizations such as the OSCE.Armenia is a member of more than 40 international organisations, including the United Nations; the Council of Europe; the Asian Development Bank; the Commonwealth of Independent States; the World Trade Organization; World Customs Organization; the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation; and La Francophonie. It is a member of the CSTO military alliance, and also participates in NATO's Partnership for Peace program.Turkey also has a long history of poor relations with Armenia over its refusal to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, even though it was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Armenia (the 3rd republic) after its independence from the USSR in 1991. Despite this, for most of the 20th century and early 21st century, relations remain tense and there are no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries due to Turkey's refusal to establish them for numerous reasons. During the Nagorno-Karabakh War, and citing it as the reason, Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993. It has not lifted its blockade despite pressure from the powerful Turkish business lobby interested in Armenian markets.File:Vladimir Putin and Nikol Pashinyan (2018-05-14) 02.jpg|thumb|left|Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol PashinyanNikol PashinyanOn 10 October 2009, Armenia and Turkey signed protocols on the normalisation of relations, which set a timetable for restoring diplomatic ties and reopening their joint border.WEB,weblink Armenia and Turkey sign peace deal, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091014080048weblink">weblink 14 October 2009, The ratification of those had to be made in the national parliaments. In Armenia, it passed through the legislatively required approval of the Constitutional Court and was sent to parliament for final ratification. The President had made multiple public announcements, both in Armenia and abroad, that, as the leader of the political majority of Armenia, he assured the ratification of the protocols if Turkey also ratified them. Despite this, the process stopped, as Turkey continuously added more preconditions to its ratification and also "delayed it beyond any reasonable time-period".Due to its position between two unfriendly neighbours, Armenia has close security ties with Russia. At the request of the Armenian government, Russia maintains a military base in the city of Gyumri located in Northwestern ArmeniaNEWS, Baku and Moscow – 'One Hundred Percent Strategic Partners', Hetq Online, 27 February 2006,weblink 20 April 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160701181240weblink">weblink 1 July 2016, yes,
as a deterrent against Turkey.{{Citation needed|date=April 2008}} Despite this, Armenia has also been looking toward Euro-Atlantic structures in recent years. It maintains good relations with the United States especially through its Armenian diaspora. According to the US Census Bureau, there are 427,822 Armenians living in the country.WEB,weblink Ancestry Data, U.S. Census Bureau, 2006, 22 July 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080403032043weblink">weblink 3 April 2008, yes, The 2001 Canadian Census {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130409060848weblink |date=9 April 2013 }} determined that there are 40,505 persons of Armenian ancestry currently living in Canada. However, these are liable to be low numbers, since people of mixed ancestry, very common in North America tend to be under-counted: the 1990 census US indicates {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170724134730weblink |date=24 July 2017 }} 149,694 people who speak the Armenian language at home. WEB,weblink 26 August 2006,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060826182306weblink">weblink The Armenian Embassy in Canada, yes, 1 June 2016, estimates 1 million ethnic Armenians in the US and 100,000 in Canada. The Armenian Church of America makes weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20030202125735weblink">a similar estimate. By all accounts, over half of the Armenians in the United States live in California.
File:Dmitry Medvedev at Armenian Genocide memorial-2.jpg|thumb|Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan]]Because of the illicit border blockades by Azerbaijan and Turkey, Armenia continues to maintain solid relations with its southern neighbour Iran especially in the economic sector. Economic projects are being developed between the two nations, including a gas pipeline going from Iran to Armenia.Armenia is also a member of the Council of Europe, maintaining friendly relations with the European Union, especially with its member states such as France and Greece. A 2005 survey reported that 64% of Armenia's population would be in favour of joining the EU.WEB,weblink RFE/RL Caucasus Report, Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 7 January 2005, 22 July 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101120111039weblink">weblink 20 November 2010, Several Armenian officials have also expressed the desire for their country to eventually become an EU member state,NEWS,weblink Interview with RA National Assembly Speaker Artur Baghdasaryan, ArmInfo News Agency, 26 October 2005, 22 July 2009, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090113164842weblink">weblink 13 January 2009, some{{who|date=January 2016}} predicting that it will make an official bid for membership in a few years.{{citation needed|date=January 2016}} In 2004 its forces joined KFOR, a NATO-led international force in Kosovo. It is also an observer member of the Eurasian Economic Community and the Non-Aligned Movement. As a result of its historical ties to France, Armenia was selected to host the biennial Francophonie summit in 2018.NEWS, Leblanc, Daniel, Prime Minister Trudeau has last shot to help Michaëlle Jean stay on as Francophonie leader,weblink 9 October 2018, Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail Inc., 9 October 2018,weblink 9 October 2018, no, A former republic of the Soviet Union, Armenia is an emerging democracy and {{As of|2011|lc=y}} was negotiating with the European Union to become an associate partner. Legally speaking, it has the right to be considered as a prospective EU member provided it meets necessary standards and criteria, although officially such a plan does not exist in Brussels.WEB,weblink How Armenia Could Approach the European Union, 12 March 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080428045333weblink">weblink 28 April 2008, no, WEB,weblink EU launches negotiations on Association Agreements with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Europa (web portal), 15 July 2010, 21 September 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111204144048weblink">weblink 4 December 2011, no, WEB,weblink Armenia-EU association agreement may be concluded shortly | Armenia News, News.am, 21 September 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111008143723weblink">weblink 8 October 2011, no, WEB,weblink 3rd Plenary Round of the EU–Armenia Negotiation on the Association Agreement, Ec.europa.eu, 15 December 2010, 28 August 2012, The Government of Armenia, however, has joined the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and RussiaWEB, Eurasian Economic Commission,weblink www.eurasiancommission.org, 13 October 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20151008032729weblink">weblink 8 October 2015, no, dmy-all, and the Eurasian Economic Union.WEB, ДОГОВОР О ПРИСОЕДИНЕНИИ РЕСПУБЛИКИ АРМЕНИЯ К ДОГОВОРУ О ЕВРАЗИЙСКОМ ЭКОНОМИЧЕСКОМ СОЮЗЕ ОТ 29 МАЯ 2014 ГОДА (Минск, 10 октября 2014 года),weblink www.customs-code.ru, 13 October 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141225011034weblink">weblink 25 December 2014, no, dmy-all, NEWS, Armenia To Join Russian-Led Customs Union,weblink 13 September 2013, 3 September 2013, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130913013339weblink">weblink 13 September 2013, no, Armenia is included in the European Union's European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which aims at bringing the EU and its neighbours closer. The EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed on 24 November 2017. Among other goals, it aims at improving investment climate.WEB,weblink New agreement signed between the European Union and Armenia set to bring tangible benefits to citizens – EEAS – European External Action Service – European Commission, EEAS – European External Action Service, en, 2018-01-16,weblink 16 January 2018, no,

Human rights and freedom

File:Raffi-kojian 20180423 190358284.jpg|thumb|In April 2018, a quasi-authoritarian regime collapsed as a result of a nationwide protest movement in Armenia ]]Human rights in Armenia tend to be better than those in most former Soviet republics and have drawn closer to acceptable standards, especially economically.{{citation needed|date=January 2016}} Nonetheless, there are still several considerable problems.Armenia scored 4.79 on The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index published in January 2019 (data for 2018). Although still classified as "hybrid regime", Armenia recorded strongest improvement among European countriesWEB,weblink Change in democracy index score from 2017 to 2018 in Europe, and reached is its ever-best score (since calculation began in 2006).NEWS,weblink The retreat of global democracy stopped in 2018, 2019-01-08, The Economist, 2019-01-09, 0013-0613,weblink 9 January 2019, no, Armenia is classified "partly free" in 2019 report (with data for 2018) by Freedom House, which gives it a score of 51 out of 100,WEB,weblink Armenia, 2019-01-31, freedomhouse.org, en, 2019-02-06,weblink 7 February 2019, no, which is 6 points ahead of previous estimate.WEB,weblink Armenia, freedomhouse.org, en, 2018-02-05,weblink 6 February 2018, no, Armenia has recorded an unprecedented progress in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, improving positions by 19 points and ranking 61st on the list. Publication also confirms absence of cases of killed journalists, citizen journalists or media assistants.WEB,weblink Armenia : A revolution live-streamed {{!, Reporters without borders|website=RSF|language=en|access-date=2019-04-18}}WEB,weblink Armenia improves positions in World Press Freedom Index by 19 points: Pashinyan confident in continuation of progress, armenpress.am, en, 2019-04-18, Armenia is ranks 54th in 2017 report of Human Freedom Index (with data for 2016) published by Canada's Fraser Institute.NEWS,weblink The Human Freedom Index 2017, 2018-01-25, Fraser Institute, 2018-11-06, en,weblink 7 November 2018, no, Armenia ranked 29th for economic freedom and 76th for personal freedom among 159 countries in 2017 Human Freedom Index published by the Cato Institute .WEB,weblink COUNTRY PROFILES,weblink 26 January 2018, no, NEWS,weblink Human Freedom Index, Cato Institute, 2018-01-26, en,weblink 1 February 2018, no, These classification may improve when 2018 data, including the period of velvet revolution and thereafter, is analyzed.

Military

File:2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade-8.jpeg|thumb|Armenian soldiers at the 2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade2010 Moscow Victory Day Parade{{See also|Military history of Armenia}}The Armenian Army, Air Force, Air Defence, and Border Guard comprise the four branches of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia. The Armenian military was formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and with the establishment of the Ministry of Defence in 1992.The Commander-in-Chief of the military is the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan. The Ministry of Defence is in charge of political leadership, headed by Davit Tonoyan, while military command remains in the hands of the general staff, headed by the Chief of Staff, who is Major-General Artak Davtyan.Active forces now number about 81,000 soldiers, with an additional reserve of 32,000 troops. Armenian border guards are in charge of patrolling the country's borders with Georgia and Azerbaijan, while Russian troops continue to monitor its borders with Iran and Turkey. In the case of an attack, Armenia is able to mobilize every able-bodied man between the age of 15 and 59, with military preparedness.The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which establishes comprehensive limits on key categories of military equipment, was ratified by the Armenian parliament in July 1992. In March 1993, Armenia signed the multilateral Chemical Weapons Convention, which calls for the eventual elimination of chemical weapons. Armenia acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapons state in July 1993.Armenia is member of Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) along with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It participates in NATO's Partnership for Peace (PiP) program and in Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC).Armenia has engaged in a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo as part of non-NATO KFOR troops under Greek command.WEB, KFOR Contingent: Armenia,weblink Official Web Site of the Kosovo Force, 23 March 2007, 27 October 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090114033555weblink">weblink 14 January 2009, no, Armenia also had 46 members of its military peacekeeping forces as a part of the Coalition Forces in Iraq War until October 2008.NEWS, Last shift of Armenian peacekeepers in Iraq returns home,weblink Ministry of Defence, 7 October 2008, 29 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110515101803weblink">weblink 15 May 2011, In 2019 Armenia has sent 83 soldiers to Syria for mine-cleaning and humanitarian mission there.WEB,weblink Armenia sends military deminers and medics to support Russian mission in Syria, Eurasianet, en, 2019-04-18,

Administrative divisions

{{Armenia Labelled Map|float=right}}File:Ô³Õ¥Õ²Õ¡Ö€Õ¤.jpg|thumb|Geghard monastery, Kotayk ProvinceKotayk ProvinceArmenia is divided into ten provinces (marzer, singular marz), with the city (kaghak) of Yerevan () having special administrative status as the country's capital. The chief executive in each of the ten provinces is the marzpet (marz governor), appointed by the government of Armenia. In Yerevan, the chief executive is the mayor, appointed by the president.Within each province there are communities (hamaynkner, singular hamaynk). Each community is self-governing and consists of one or more settlements (bnakavayrer, singular bnakavayr). Settlements are classified as either towns (kaghakner, singular kaghak) or villages (gyugher, singular gyugh). {{As of|2007}}, Armenia includes 915 communities, of which 49 are considered urban and 866 are considered rural. The capital, Yerevan, also has the status of a community.WEB, Regional Administration Bodies,weblink The Government of the Republic of Armenia, 11 September 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120211012350weblink">weblink 11 February 2012, no, Additionally, Yerevan is divided into twelve semi-autonomous districts.{|class="sortable wikitable" style="text-align:left; font-size:90%;" style="font-size:100%; text-align:left;"!colspan="2"|Province!colspan="2"|Capital! Area (km²)! Population †Aragatsotn Province>Aragatsotn Ashtarak >2,756132,925Ararat Province>Ararat Artashat, Armenia>Artashat 2,090260,367Armavir Province>Armavir Armavir, Armenia>Armavir 1,242265,770Gegharkunik Province>Gegharkunik     Gavar >5,349235,075Kotayk Province>Kotayk Hrazdan >2,086254,397Lori Province>Lori Vanadzor >3,799235,537Shirak Province>Shirak Gyumri >2,680251,941Syunik Province>Syunik Kapan >4,506141,771Tavush >Ijevan >2,704128,609Vayots Dzor >Yeghegnadzor   >2,30852,324Yerevan >– style="text-align:center"|–2231,060,138† 2011 censusSources: Area and population of provinces.WEB,weblink Armstat:Provinces, area and population, 26 January 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171010144321weblink">weblink 10 October 2017, no,

Economy

The economy relies heavily on investment and support from Armenians abroad.NEWS,weblink Armenian Eyes, Ears on US Genocide Vote, The Washington Post, 19 October 2007, 7 July 2009, Avet, Demourian,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100425123241weblink">weblink 25 April 2010, no, Before independence, Armenia's economy was largely industry-based – chemicals, electronics, machinery, processed food, synthetic rubber, and textile – and highly dependent on outside resources. The republic had developed a modern industrial sector, supplying machine tools, textiles, and other manufactured goods to sister republics in exchange for raw materials and energy. Recently, the Intel Corporation agreed to open a research centre in Armenia, in addition to other technology companies, signalling the growth of the technology industry in Armenia.WEB,weblink Intel center to open in Armenia, PanARMENIAN.Net, 20 January 1990, 12 March 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130208083757weblink">weblink 8 February 2013, no, Agriculture accounted for less than 20% of both net material product and total employment before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. After independence, the importance of agriculture in the economy increased markedly, its share at the end of the 1990s rising to more than 30% of GDP and more than 40% of total employment.Z. Lerman and A. Mirzakhanian, Private Agriculture in Armenia, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2001. This increase in the importance of agriculture was attributable to food security needs of the population in the face of uncertainty during the first phases of transition and the collapse of the non-agricultural sectors of the economy in the early 1990s. As the economic situation stabilised and growth resumed, the share of agriculture in GDP dropped to slightly over 20% (2006 data), although the share of agriculture in employment remained more than 40%.Statistical Yearbook 2007 {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20081003060915weblink |date=3 October 2008 }}, Armenia National Statistical Service, YerevanFile:Mount Ararat and the Yerevan skyline.jpg|thumb|YerevanYerevanArmenian mines produce copper, zinc, gold, and lead. The vast majority of energy is produced with fuel imported from Russia, including gas and nuclear fuel (for its one nuclear power plant); the main domestic energy source is hydroelectric. Small deposits of coal, gas, and petroleum exist but have not yet been developed.Like other newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, Armenia's economy suffers from the breakdown of former Soviet trading patterns. Soviet investment in and support of Armenian industry has virtually disappeared, so that few major enterprises are still able to function. In addition, the effects of the 1988 Spitak earthquake, which killed more than 25,000 people and made 500,000 homeless, are still being felt. The conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh has not been resolved. The closure of Azerbaijani and Turkish borders has devastated the economy, because Armenia depends on outside supplies of energy and most raw materials. Land routes through Georgia and Iran are inadequate or unreliable. The GDP fell nearly 60% between 1989 and 1993, but then resumed robust growth. The national currency, the dram, suffered hyperinflation for the first years after its introduction in 1993.Nevertheless, the government was able to make wide-ranging economic reforms that paid off in dramatically lower inflation and steady growth. The 1994 cease-fire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has also helped the economy. Armenia has had strong economic growth since 1995, building on the turnaround that began the previous year, and inflation has been negligible for the past several years. New sectors, such as precious-stone processing and jewelry making, information and communication technology, and even tourism are beginning to supplement more traditional sectors of the economy, such as agriculture.WEB,weblink How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination, Laura, Kiniry, 4 February 2018,weblink 5 February 2018, no, This steady economic progress has earned Armenia increasing support from international institutions. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and other international financial institutions (IFIs) and foreign countries are extending considerable grants and loans. Loans to Armenia since 1993 exceed $1.1 billion. These loans are targeted at reducing the budget deficit and stabilising the currency; developing private businesses; energy; agriculture; food processing; transportation; the health and education sectors; and ongoing rehabilitation in the earthquake zone. The government joined the World Trade Organization on 5 February 2003. But one of the main sources of foreign direct investments remains the Armenian diaspora, which finances major parts of the reconstruction of infrastructure and other public projects. Being a growing democratic state, Armenia also hopes to get more financial aid from the Western World.A liberal foreign investment law was approved in June 1994, and a law on privatization was adopted in 1997, as well as a program of state property privatization. Continued progress will depend on the ability of the government to strengthen its macroeconomic management, including increasing revenue collection, improving the investment climate, and making strides against corruption. However, unemployment, which was 18.5% in 2015,WEB,weblink Unemployment Armenia, Armenian Statistical Service of Republic of Armenia, 6 May 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160507095233weblink">weblink 7 May 2016, no, still remains a major problem due to the influx of thousands of refugees from the Karabakh conflict.

International Economy-related Rankings

Armenia ranks 47th on Doing Business Index in 2018 with 13th rank on "starting business" sub-index.WEB,weblink Doing Business in Armenia – World Bank Group, www.doingbusiness.org, 2018-01-16,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180112163741weblink">weblink 12 January 2018, no, Armenia ranked 83rd on the 2018 UNDP Human Development Index (with 2017 data) and is classified into "high human development" group.In the 2015 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Armenia ranked 95 of 168 countries.WEB,weblink CPI 2015 table, Transparency International, 28 January 2016,weblink 29 July 2017, no, In the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, Armenia ranked 54th, ahead of countries like France, Portugal and Italy.

Science, technology, and education

Science and technology

Research spending is low in Armenia, averaging 0.25% of GDP over 2010–2013. However, the statistical record of research expenditure is incomplete, as expenditure by privately owned business enterprises is not surveyed in Armenia. The world average for domestic expenditure on research was 1.7% of GDP in 2013.BOOK,weblink Countries in the Black Sea basin. In: UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030, Erocal, Deniz, Yegorov, Igor, UNESCO, 2015, 978-92-3-100129-1, Paris, 324–41, 13 June 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170630025557weblink">weblink 30 June 2017, no, (File:GERD GDP ratio for the Black Sea countries, 2001–2013.svg|thumb|GERD GDP ratio for the Black Sea countries, 2001–2013. Source: UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 (2015), Figure 12.3)The country's Strategy for the Development of Science 2011–2020 envisions that ‘by 2020, Armenia is a country with a knowledge-based economy and is competitive within the European Research Area with its level of basic and applied research.’ It fixes the following targets:
  • Creation of a system capable of sustaining the development of science and technology;
  • Development of scientific potential, modernization of scientific infrastructure;
  • Promotion of basic and applied research;
  • Creation of a synergistic system of education, science and innovation; and
  • Becoming a prime location for scientific specialization in the European Research Area.
Based on this strategy, the accompanying Action Plan was approved by the government in June 2011. It defines the following targets:
  • Improve the management system for science and technology and create the requisite conditions for sustainable development;
  • Involve more young, talented people in education and research, while upgrading research infrastructure;
  • Create the requisite conditions for the development of an integrated national innovation system; and
  • Enhance international co-operation in research and development.
(File:GERD in the Black Sea region by sector of performance, 2005 and 2013.svg|thumb|GERD in the Black Sea region by sector of performance, 2005 and 2013. Source: UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 (2015), Figure 12.5)Although the Strategy clearly pursues a ‘science push’ approach, with public research institutes serving as the key policy target, it nevertheless mentions the goal of establishing an innovation system. However, the main driver of innovation, the business sector, is not mentioned. In between publishing the Strategy and Action Plan, the government issued a resolution in May 2010 on Science and Technology Development Priorities for 2010–2014. These priorities are:
  • Armenian studies, humanities and social sciences;
  • Life sciences;
  • Renewable energy, new energy sources;
  • Advanced technologies, information technologies;
  • Space, Earth sciences, sustainable use of natural resources; and
  • Basic research promoting essential applied research.
The Law on the National Academy of Sciences was adopted in May 2011. This law is expected to play a key role in shaping the Armenian innovation system. It allows the National Academy of Sciences to extend its business activities to the commercialization of research results and the creation of spin-offs; it also makes provision for restructuring the National Academy of Sciences by combining institutes involved in closely related research areas into a single body. Three of these new centres are particularly relevant: the Centre for Biotechnology, the Centre for Zoology and Hydro-ecology and the Centre for Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.The government is focusing its support on selected industrial sectors. More than 20 projects have been cofunded by the State Committee of Science in targeted branches: pharmaceuticals, medicine and biotechnology, agricultural mechanization and machine building, electronics, engineering, chemistry and, in particular, the sphere of information technology.Over the past decade, the government has made an effort to encourage science–industry linkages. The Armenian information technology sector has been particularly active: a number of public–private partnerships have been established between companies and universities, in order to give students marketable skills and generate innovative ideas at the interface of science and business. Examples are Synopsys Inc. and the Enterprise Incubator Foundation.

Education

File:Yerevan State University.jpg|thumb|Yerevan State UniversityYerevan State UniversityIn medieval times University of Gladzor and University of Tatev took an important role for whole Armenia.A literacy rate of 100% was reported as early as 1960.Curtis, Glenn E. and Ronald G. Suny. "Education". Armenia: A Country Study {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090912060405weblink |date=12 September 2009 }}. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (March 1994). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain. In the communist era, Armenian education followed the standard Soviet model of complete state control (from Moscow) of curricula and teaching methods and close integration of education activities with other aspects of society, such as politics, culture, and the economy.In the 1988–89 school year, 301 students per 10,000 population were in specialized secondary or higher education, a figure slightly lower than the Soviet average. In 1989 some 58% of Armenians over age fifteen had completed their secondary education, and 14% had a higher education. In the 1990–91 school year, the estimated 1,307 primary and secondary schools were attended by 608,800 students. Another seventy specialised secondary institutions had 45,900 students, and 68,400 students were enrolled in a total of ten postsecondary institutions that included universities. In addition, 35% of eligible children attended preschools. In 1992 Armenia's largest institution of higher learning, Yerevan State University, had eighteen departments, including ones for social sciences, sciences, and law. Its faculty numbered about 1,300 teachers and its student population about 10,000 students. The National Polytechnic University of Armenia is operating since 1933.In the early 1990s, Armenia made substantial changes to the centralised and regimented Soviet system. Because at least 98% of students in higher education were Armenian, curricula began to emphasise Armenian history and culture. Armenian became the dominant language of instruction, and many schools that had taught in Russian closed by the end of 1991. Russian was still widely taught, however, as a second language.In 2014, the National Program for Educational Excellence embarked on creating an internationally competitive and academically rigorous alternative educational program (the Araratian Baccalaureate) for Armenian schools and increase the importance and status of the teacher's role in society.WEB,weblink About us, araratbaccalaureate.am, 2 February 2018,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180202130722weblink">weblink 2 February 2018, no, WEB,weblink The Araratian Baccalaureate: A guide for universities, The Ministry of Education and Science is responsible for regulation of the sector. Primary and secondary education in Armenia is free, and completion of secondary school is compulsory. High education in Armenia is harmonized with Bologna process. Armenian National Academy of Sciences plays important role in postgraduate education.Schooling takes 12 years in Armenia and breaks down into primary (4 years), middle (5 years) and high school (3 years). Schools engage a 10-grade mark system. The Government also supports Armenian schools outside of Armenia.Gross enrollment in tertiary education at 44% in 2015 surpassed peer countries of South Caucasus but remained below of the average for Europe and Central Asia.WEB,weblink Chart – World Development Indicators (Google Public Data Explorer), www.google.com, 2018-02-24, However public spendings per student in tertiary education in GDP-ratio terms is one of the lowest for post-USSR countries (for which data was available).WEB,weblink Chart – World Development Indicators (Google Public Data Explorer), www.google.com, 2018-02-24, {{clearleft}}

Demographics

(File:Bevölkerungspyramide Armenien 2016.png|thumb|Population pyramid 2016)Armenia has a population of {{UN_Population|Armenia}} ({{UN_Population|Year}} est.){{UN_Population|ref}} and is the third most densely populated of the former Soviet republics.WEB,weblink World Development Indicators – Google Public Data Explorer, www.google.com, 2018-02-17, There has been a problem of population decline due to elevated levels of emigration after the break-up of the USSR.WEB, Paul, Amanda, Armenia's disappearing population,weblink 27 July 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110727030616weblink">weblink 27 July 2011, yes, In the past years emigration levels have declined and some population growth is observed since 2012.WEB,weblink World Development Indicators – Google Public Data Explorer, www.google.com, 2018-02-17, File:ArmenianDiaspora.png|thumb|The Armenian population around the world ]]Armenia has a relatively large external diaspora (8 million by some estimates, greatly exceeding the 3 million population of Armenia itself), with communities existing across the globe. The largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia can be found in Russia, France, Iran, the United States, Georgia, Syria, Lebanon,Australia, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Poland, Ukraine and Brazil. 40,000 to 70,000 Armenians still live in Turkey (mostly in and around Istanbul).WEB
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Ethnic groups

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