On May 2, 2018, BBS published an article that included six features by which foreigners must recognize Armenia. Now we want partially present the article, so that Armenians also know by what features foreigners recognize Armenians.
How much do you know about this landlocked former Soviet republic in the southern Caucasus?
1. More Armenians live outside the republic than in it
The country’s population is around three million but millions more live abroad. There are big diasporas in the United States, Russia and France. Many recent Armenian migrants go to Russia for its proximity and because many speak Russian.
2. Mount Ararat is considered a national symbol
Even though it is in Turkey…
The snow-capped mountain (5,165m; 16,945ft) dominates the horizon in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, and is named in the Bible as the place Noah’s Ark grounded after the flood.
3. It is one of the earliest Christian civilisations
Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the early 4th Century and its Church is completely autonomous from other Christian Churches of the world.
4. Learning chess is compulsory
Since 2011, all children in Armenia from six to eight years old have had compulsory chess lessons.
The country has produced numerous grandmasters and it currently has more than 3,000 qualified trained chess teachers in its schools.
About Armenian chess BBC have many article, and in one of them it describe Armenian chess like this. ,, Armenia – a tiny, poor country of around three million people – has won the chess Olympics twice in a row. Chess is pursued fanatically in many parts of the world, but nowhere more so than Armenia, where its over-the-board stars have become national celebrities.
But how has little Armenia created a nation of chess geniuses – is there something in the water? Assignment investigates”.
5. It is proud of its brandy
During World War Two, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin sent Winston Churchill several dozen cases of Armenian brandy as a present. Many years later, in 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave David Cameron a bottle of Armenian brandy recalling the story.
6. Many famous people have Armenian roots
These include French composer Charles Aznavour; Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov; US singer Cher and celebrity Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted her support for the latest protests.
Made by Ani Martirosyan