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Full country name: Republic of Armenia
Area: 29,800 sq km
Population: 3,299,000
Capital City: Yerevan
Language: Armenian
Religion: 94,7% Christian, 5,3% other
Government: Presidential republic
Time Zone: UTC (UTC+4), summer - DST (UTC+5)
Dialing Code: 374
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Dram (AMD)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary:

Budget: $3
Mid-range: $5
High: $7-10
Budget: $20-40
Mid-range: $70-90
High: $150-200

Geography: Armenia is located in the heart of the rural southern Transcaucasus in Eurasia and it is blessed with endless natural treasure, inspiring nature and and various ancient sights. This landlocked mountainous country has much to offer those, who are into history, because it is considered to be one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The most prominent feature of Armenia is the Ararat Valley with its magnificent landscape. The Armenian Republic borders with Turkey, Iran, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Climate: If you are planning to visit Armenia, the best time to do it is from early May to late October. At this time the weather tends to be warm, but not too hot, and there is little humidity. However, even in the summer temperature can get as low as 18 C and the evenings are usually quite cool. If you don't like cold, you won't like Armenian climate from December to late February.

Recommended clothing: Although Armenian women tend to dress and act more freely than in nearby Muslim countries, and usually dress in normal western-style, female visitors should still try to avoid wearing very short skirts and shorts.

Social conventions: It is expected that a visitor invited to an Armenian home brings some kind of small gift, like flowers, wine or chocolate candies. Since Armenian conversations tend to be highly politicized, guests are advised to avoid expressing their strong opinions. Homosexuality is now decriminalized, however most Armenians still find it as an unacceptable lifestyle.

Photography: Try to avoid photographing such sites as military bases, their equipment or any other military installations. Also be aware of cultural sensitivities and do not take pictures of churches or any other religious objects.

Food: Armenian cuisine is highly influenced by the Mediterranean, Eastern European and Middle Eastern tastes. Armenians tend to have their favorite food for every season. For example, eggplant, onions and garlic are the essential products that an Armenian has to include in his/her summer diet. Dried fruits, nuts, rice and dry preserved olives are irreplaceable in the cold winter months, as well as yogurt (mahdzoon) – the key ingredient in Armenian cooking. Armenians use yogurt as a beverage and as the main ingredient for hot or cold soups.

Drink: Armenians can be proud of themselves, because they were, perhaps, the first ones in the world, who began producing the great Armenian cognac, which is still of the highest quality. It is also of no surprise, that in the country, where not only grapes but rich variety of fruits grow, Armenians also produce various wines and vodkas. For example, straw pomegranate wine, which is especially suitable for Armenian confection, is produced according to ancient technologies. The Armenians produce and drink wines and vodkas of specific tastes and flavors. For example, sweet Cornell (autumn cherry and Cornelian berry) vodka of a tender taste or mulberry vodka of a sweetish taste before the meal is simply a stimulating appetizer for Armenians.

Health: Note, that doctors usually expect an immediate cash payment, therefore credit or debit cards are mostly not accepted. The payment should also be in local currency only. Travelers are advised not to forget to take some supplies of those medicines that they require as there is a severe shortage of even the most basic medical supplies in Armenia. Do not forget to check if the medicine you require can be legally imported.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
6 Jan Armenian Orthodox Christmas
8 Mar Women's Day
2 Apr Good Friday
7 Apr Motherhood and Beauty Day
24 Apr Genocide Memorial Day
9 May Victory and Peace Day
28 May First Republic Day
5 Jul Constitution Day
21 Sep Independence Day
7 Dec Earthquake Memorial Day
31 Dec New Year's Eve

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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