Hot-blooded but also good-natured, Armenians are known for their great respect for family values, warmth and overall hospitality.
In a country characterized by a high degree of ethnic homogeneity, there are an estimated three million people living in Armenia. Armenians constitute more than 95 percent of the republic’s population, with Yezidis comprising the largest minority and Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Greeks, and Assyrians making up the rest.
Today, more Armenians live outside their country than inside, due to the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the more recent large-scale emigration after the 1988 earthquake and the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
An Armenian Diaspora has existed throughout the nation’s history, but with the particularly heavy emigration, they have become even more prominent, forming large communities throughout the United States, Middle East, Europe and Asia, which continue to thrive today. Beirut, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Paris, Moscow, Isfahan and many other cities have significant Armenian communities. An estimated 60 percent of the total eight million Armenians worldwide live outside the country, with one million each in the U.S. and Russia.
Prominent Armenians include tennis player Andre Agassi, singer Charles Aznavour, singer Cher, and reality star Kim Kardashian.