Armenia Overview

Armenia Overview

GENERAL

Official name of the state

Republic of Armenia.

Capital

Yerevan.

Geography

As a country located in Asia according to globalsciencellc, Armenia is located in the Lesser Caucasus and borders Georgia in the north, Turkey and Iran in the west and Azerbaijan in the east. The 4100 m high Aragats is the highest point in the mountainous country. Even the deepest valleys are 450-700 m above sea level. d. M. The largest lake in the republic is Lake Sevan in the east.

Government

Presidential republic since 1991. New constitution from 1995. Unicameral parliament with 131 members. Since 1991 independent state of the CIS.

Head of state

Serzh Sarkisyan, since April 2008.

Head of government

Karen Karapetyan, since September 2016.

Electricity

220 V, 50 Hz. European, 2-pin plug.

Time zone

Armenia Time: CET +5

ECONOMY

Business etiquette

Business meetings are usually quite formal. Appointments should be made in advance. Suit and tie or costumes are common.

Business hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Economy

Federation of German Industries
(Eastern Committee of German Business)
Breite Strasse 29, D-10178 Berlin
Tel: (030) 20 28 14 52.
Internet: www.ostausschuss.de

Austrian
Chamber of Commerce (Eastern Europe Department)
Stubenring 8-10, A-1010 Vienna
Tel: (01) 514 50.
Internet: http://portal.wko.at

United Economic
Chambers Sonnenbergstrasse 48, CH-8032 Zurich
Tel: (01) 268 43 00.
Internet: www.jointchambers.ch

Armenintorg (Armenian Foreign Trade and foreign trade company)
ul. Mr. Kochar 25, AM-375012 Yerevan
Tel: (02) 22 43 10. Fax: (02) 22 00 34.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia
Sayat Nova 29-1, AM-375010 Yerevan
Tel: (02) 56 54 38. Fax: (02) 56 50 71.

Business contacts

Federation of German Industries
(Eastern Committee of German Business)
Breite Strasse 29, D-10178 Berlin
Tel: (030) 20 28 14 52.
Internet: www.ostausschuss.de

Austrian
Chamber of Commerce (Eastern Europe Department)
Stubenring 8-10, A-1010 Vienna
Tel: (01) 514 50.
Internet: http://portal.wko.at

United Economic
Chambers Sonnenbergstrasse 48, CH-8032 Zurich
Tel: (01) 268 43 00.
Internet: www.jointchambers.ch

Armenintorg (Armenian Foreign Trade and foreign trade company)
ul. Mr. Kochar 25, AM-375012 Yerevan
Tel: (02) 22 43 10. Fax: (02) 22 00 34.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia
Sayat Nova 29-1, AM-375010 Yerevan
Tel: (02) 56 54 38. Fax: (02) 56 50 71.

COMMUNICATION

Phone

International direct dialing to Yerevan and some regions. The national telephone company is called Armentel (Internet: www.armentel.com/eng/home.htm). Armentel uses international satellite links to make long-distance calls abroad and to avoid communication problems within the country. There are public card phones, over 90% of which are in Yerevan. The phone cards are available from post offices, among others.

Cellphone

GSM 900 is used. The main mobile network providers are Armentel (Internet: www.armentel.com) and VivaCell (Internet: www.vivacell.am), whose service is almost nationwide. Mobile phones can be rented from Rent a Phone (Internet: www.rentaphone.am) for a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 1 month. Prepaid cards are used for international calls.

Internet

Local internet provider is Arminco (internet: www.arminco.com). There are numerous internet cafes in Yerevan, some of which are open 24/7. In addition to Internet access, Internet cafes in Armenia also offer the possibility of faxing, scanning and photocopying.

Post Office

International postal traffic has improved a lot in recent years. The main post office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Republic Square. There is a branch on the corner of Abovyan Street and Sayat Nova Avenue in Yerevan. In post offices money can be changed, telephoned, postcards and telephone cards can be bought and mail can be sent or received. International couriers support the national postal system.

Radio

Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.

Armenia Overview

CULTURE

Religion

Mostly Armenian-Orthodox, besides Russian-Orthodox and Muslim (mostly Kurds). The Armenian Church is the oldest Christian church in the world.

Social rules of conduct

Social life takes place in one’s own home, invitations are often given. Armenians are generous and hospitable. In spite of the scarcity, guests are served lavish meals, and time and again the glasses are emptied to the benefit of the guests. A small gift such as flowers, chocolate or a bottle of imported wine is welcome. You shake hands in greeting. Business cards are not only given at business meetings, but also often when you first meet someone. The discussions inevitably revolve around politics, but caution is advisable. In view of the increasing crime rate, valuables should not be “displayed”. Tip:The staff in restaurants expect tips, sometimes in advance. Fares in taxis should always be agreed before departure. It is advisable to find out about the usual tariffs in advance. The same applies to market stalls etc.

CLIMATE

Best travel time

Continental climate with hot dry summers and cold winters. The average temperature in January is -6 ┬░ C, in July 25 ┬░ C. During the summer it can be hot and dry during the day and very cold at night. The best travel time is May / June and September / October.

COUNTRY DATA

Area code +374 Area (sqkm) 29743 Population 3056382 Population density (per sqkm) 103 Population in 2015 Member of the EU No main emergency number 112

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