Form of government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Independence Day: September 21, 1991

Capital: Yerevan (about 1.3 million)

Official language: Armenian

Area: 29,800 km²

Time zone: UTC + 4

Highest point: Aragats 4095 m above sea level

Population: 3.2 million (Sept. 2014)

Currency: Dram (AMD)

Telephone code: +374

Neighboring countries:
In the North: Georgia 164 km
In the West: Turkey 268 km
In the South: Iran 35 km
In the East: Azerbaijan 787 km

Provinces (marzer) and administrative centers

Yerevan: Capital
Population: 1,121,900
Aragatsotn Province: Ashtarak
Population: 168,100
Ararat: Artashat
Population: 311,400
Armavir: Armavir
Population: 323,300
Gegharkunik: Gavar
Population: 278,600
Kotayk: Hrazdan
Population: 328,900
Lori: Vanadzor
Population: 392,300
Shirak: Gyumri
Population: 361,400
Syunik: Kapan
Population: 164 000
Tavush: Ijevan
Population: 156 500
Vayots Dzor: Yeghegnadzor
Population: 69 400


Jermuk, "the Armenian Leukerbad", is a well-known health resort in the scenic province of Armenia − Vayots Dzor. The whole area is known for many hot springs. As late as the Soviet era, this was a resort popular throughout the USSR.

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Dilijan, "the Armenian Switzerland", is known for its fresh air, breathtaking landscapes, mineral water, even for traditional houses, chalets with their carved wooden gables and their large glass porches.

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Dendropark is located in Stepanavan which is a beautiful arboretum in Lori, the northern province of Armenia. The urban municipal community of the Lori Province is Vanadzor. The mountainous nature, the mild summer climate and the green areas make this region a popular and one of the most visited places for those who travel to Armenia.

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Shushi is a city in the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, located in the Southern part of the Caucasus. Since its liberation in 1992 during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, it is subordinate to the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, though, Shusha is de jure a part of the Republic of Azerbaijan, having the status of administrative division of the surrounding Shusha Region. Located at an altitude of 1,400-1,800 meters in the scenic Karabakh Mountains, Shushi was a well-known mountain resort within the Soviet Union.

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Ruins of the Tormak Church are located in Lori, the northern province of Armenia. The early medieval church from the 5th century is among the most important historical monuments of Armenia.The church is almost destroyed. But still today the ruins and beautiful surroundings attract many visitors.

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