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Republic of Armenia
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Location  Asia
Capital  Yerevan
Area  29,743 sq km
Population  3,038,217
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  • Armenia officially joined the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on 2 January 2015 and became the fourth full-fledged Member-State of the union together with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The new economic union envisages free flow of capital, goods, services and workforce on a common market including over 170 million people.

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  • Armenia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement for technical and administrative cooperation in customs matters on 21 January 2013. The agreement indicates that both countries are keen to boost the economic relations in light of the increasing mutual trade and promote cooperation between businesses in both countries.

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  • Armenia became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 5 February 2003.[1]

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  • Armenia and Japan on 14 February 2018 signed an agreement on investment liberalisation, encouragement and protection between the two countries in Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia.[2]

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  • Armenia was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 2 March 1992.

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  • The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors on 24 March 2014 approved a US$21.2 million credit for the Social Protection Administration II Project (SPAP) in Armenia. The project will support the Government of Armenia in improving social protection service delivery and strengthening analytical, monitoring and evaluation functions of the agencies delivering social protection benefits and services.[3]

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  • Armenian weightlifter Tigran Martirosyan won the gold medal at the 2015 European Weightlifting Championships in the 77 kg weight category held in Tbilisi, Georgia with a combined lift of 351 kg.

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  • Armenian Economy Development Bank OJSC won the Asian Development Bank Trade Finance Program (TFP) award on 23 April 2015 for their role in supporting trade in the region.[4]

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  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) validated the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Armenia, as announced on 7 June 2016.[5]

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  • A team of international archeologists have discovered the world’s oldest leather shoe in an Armenian cave on June 9, 2010. The perfectly preserved 5,000 year old shoe has blown away researchers due to its excellent condition relative to its age.[6]

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  • Armenia and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.

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  • Migran Arutyunyan of Armenia won silver in the Men's 66kg Greco-Roman Wrestling at the 2015 European Games.[7]

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  • Susanna Mkrtchyan of Armenia was named the 2015 Wikipedians of the Year for her successful campaigns in Armenia.[8]


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  • Artur Aleksanyan of Armenia won Men's Greco-Roman 98 kg Wrestling gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Independence Day of Armenia. Armenia became independent from Soviet Union on September 21, 1991 after 70 years of Soviet rule.

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  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) pledged an assistance of $89.3 million to help Armenia build earthquake-resilient schools and scale up its capacity for responding to natural disasters in one of the most earthquake prone regions in the world, as announced on 23 September 2015.

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  • A poster titled Noah's route, Your route from Armenia was announced as the winner of the 2011 Vettor Giusti Tourism Poster Competition under the Europe region category at the 19th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The competition is held every two years on the occasion of the UNWTO General Assembly and is an opportunity for member states to promote their destinations around the world.[9]

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  • Armenia ranked 17th at the Freedom on the Net 2016 index compiled by Freedom House. This index is compiled based on the extent of freedom the citizens of 65 countries experienced on the Internet.[10]

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  • The European Union and Armenia signed a visa facilitation agreement at a ceremony that took place in Brussels on 17 December 2012. The agreement makes it easier and cheaper for citizens of Armenia, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short-stay visas allowing them to travel to and freely throughout the EU.

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