Located in the Southern Caucasus, a land bridge from Europe to Asia, Armenia is landlocked by Turkey on the west, Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, and Iran on the south. A Christian nation surrounded by disparate religions, Armenia has seen a violent history.
The Armenian Flag
The Armenian flag consists of three equal horizontal stripes of red, blue and orange. Red stands for the blood Armenian ancestors shed on battlefields to save their country. Blue stands for the color of the sky, and orange stands for the natural resources and wealth of the nation.
Armenia’s Amazing Facts
Armenia has a long, rich and storied history dating back many centuries before Christ. .But did you also know that Armenia has lots of “Fun Facts” to share with your friends. For example — Armenia is well known for its Cognac and reportedly has the world’s best apricots.
Armenian Quick Facts
We have 24 interesting facts about Armenia for you to have at your fingertips provided by the CIA World Fact Book. They include everything from government leaders and branches of government to economic and general information about the people of Armenia…
Slavik’s Cataract Surgery
Slavik was working in his workshop with an angle grinder when the disc broke and hit him in the eye.
“Right away I felt a severe pain and my eye became dark,” Slavik said. “I was taken to the hospital and there, the doctors told me that my cornea was damaged. I have already had several eye surgeries in Russia. Coming to Armenia was my last hope.”
The surgery was performed a week before we met Slavik. Before the surgery, he had only “light perception,” which gave him just the ability to tell light from dark and the general direction of a light source. But on the day after his surgery, Slavik could see lights and differentiate between objects.
The art of carpet-making has existed in Armenia since the fifth century BC, but perhaps the most noteworthy period of Armenian rug-weaving is that of the 13th century. The great “dragon” rugs showcasing indigenous designs that resemble highly stylized dragons woven into a latticework of plant and animal forms were created during this period. They are among the most original and abstract creations in textiles. Early in the 19th century, when the sultans of Turkey wanted to establish rug-weaving around Constantinople, it was the Armenian master weavers who they called upon to do so.
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Shant’s Medical Observership
Twenty-three-year-old Shant Korkigian, a second-year student at the Medical School of the Michigan State University, never thought medicine would be his calling. While one might think that following in his father’s footsteps — a successful physician — would be the obvious choice, Shant says, “I wanted to make my own career selection.”
“I did not want it to be predestined or a field that was pre-determined by my parents,” Shant continues. “I was very hesitant about going to medical school because I wanted it to be my choice. I made the decision to go into the field of medicine only after a number of experiences led me in that direction and I realized that helping people as a physician was something that I really wanted to do for a lifetime.”
Armenia is a parliamentary democracy with a strong executive branch. Many political parties have formed and disappeared in Armenia’s first decade of independence, and the parties are often based on the popularity of one leader, or dislike of a current leader. There are also some political parties which formed over 100 years ago, and represented in the Armenian government in 1918-1921, have survived in Diaspora communities and have come back and reestablished themselves in Armenia after independence.
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