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Apricots have originated in Armenia. Latin name of apricot is Prunus Armeniaca (Armenian plum).
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. It’s 2798 years old in 2016.
80% of Yerevan’s cafes have free WiFi. Nearly 30% of public transport and many parks are free WiFi zones. And yes, if you think of right espresso, visit Yerevan and let me know, I’ll tell you about my top 5 choices.
Steve Jobs was raised by his Armenian mother, Clara Jobs (1924–1986), maiden name Hagopian. Clara and her husband adopted little Steve.
Armenia with its nearly 3 mln. population has more Olympic and World champions than (name any country with the same population).
Armenian alphabet, mystical, sacred and hypnotizing. The museum of ancient manuscripts Matenadaran will charm you. The museum houses over 23,000 manuscripts, fragments and parchments http://www.matenadaran.am/?id=81&lng=4
The biggest 3 supermarket chains in Armenia are open 24/7. Including 24/7 delivery service. Including online ordering for some. Credit cards accepted in all, so you don’t even have to have local currency. Check http://en.sas.am for example.
“Cuban cigars, Armenian brandy and no sport!” asked the secret of his long life Sir Winston Churchill replied. During the war, Joseph Stalin shipped him several dozen of bottles of Armenian cognac made by the Yerevan Brandy Company. Now the company is owned by French Pernod-Ricard, world’s second beverage producer. Enjoy the website before you try it in Armenia http://www.araratbrandy.com
Spectacular cultural and religious heritage. Armenia was the first country in the world adopting Christianity as a state religion in 301. The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin site is here http://www.armenianchurch.org
Authentic Armenian cuisine. (I am still looking for proper words in the dictionary to describe it). If you like Greek, Lebanese and Georgian food, you will LOVE Armenian food. It’s delicious everywhere, but you can ping me for hints.
Out of 189 economies in the world, Armenia has been ranked 35th for ease of doing business by DoingBusiness.org in 2015. You can register a company in 15 minutes via new e-registry system at https://www.e-gov.am/en/
Oh by the way, you don’t need to spend a fortune to establish an office for your startup. Check Impact Hub at http://yerevan.impacthub.net/
Yerevan has one of the cleanest and most affordable undergrounds (metros) in the world.
Free basic education and free primary health care available all over the country.
Armenia is a member of Council of Europe since 2001.
Chess is officially a subject in schools. Armenia was Olympic champion in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
If you are into live music or night life, or both together, you will fall in love with clubs like Mezzo at http://www.mezzo.am, Calumet or Malkhas.
Almost forgot, EU, US and CIS countries’ citizens do not need visa for Armenia. Lots of other countries’ citizens can get it on arrival or apply for e-visa. Check here http://www.mfa.am/en/visa/