Population: 3 million
Language: Armenian and Russian.
Time: GMT + 4.
International dialling code: + 374
Visas: NOT required by UK citizens (as of January 2013).
Country Representative in UK: Armenian Embassy, 25A Cheniston Gardens, London W8 6TG. Tel: 0207 938 5435.
Voltage: 220 AC, 50 Hz.
Money: Dram (AMD). US dollar or Euro notes are the best form of currency to take with you. For the up-to-date exchange rate please visit the OANDA Currency Converter website
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: BCG, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies, Typhoid. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Guidebook: The Bradt Guide to Armenia
Food and Drink: Fresh ingredients foem the basis of Armenian delicacies such as dolma, a meat and rice filling rolled into grape leaves, or stuffed into summer vegetables. No visit to Armenia is complete without sampling khorovats, succulent bits of beef, lamb, pork, fish or chicken marinated and grilled over a wood fire, along with eggplants, tomatoes, bell peppers and othe vegetables. Kashlama (boiled lamb) is a staple meat, whilst a must for seafood lovers is Armenian trout from Lake Sevan. Armenia's famous lavash bread (see video below) is a faltbread prepared in a special underground clay oven. Armenia is well known for its brandy, and a growing selection of wines. Winston Churchill drank Armenian brandy in preference to French cognac, after being given a bottle at the Yalta Conference in 1945 by Joseph Stalin!