Armenia to surpass Azerbaijan and Georgia by GDP per capita. IMF

Armenia to surpass Azerbaijan and Georgia by GDP per capita. IMF

Armenian GDP per capita has surpassed that of Georgia and is projected to surpass Azerbaijan for the first time since 2005, according to IMF data. More importantly, the growth is projected to continue for the next 4-5 years according to IMF. In 2019 GDP per capita in Armenia was equal to $ 4527.592 (current prices, USD), while that of Georgia was worth $4289.322 and Azerbaijan — $4689.378. The projection for 2020 says Armenian GDP per…

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A Facebook user detained on pretext of “endangering national security” in Armenia

A Facebook user detained on pretext of “endangering national security” in Armenia

A Facebook user, who recently came to the center of public attention for posting misinformation under the pseudonym Դիանա Հարությունյան (Diana Harutyunyan) has been detained by the National Security Service of Armenia, after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the user’s posting a threat to national security. The Facebook account in question seems to be deleted by now. Last time I accessed it, the account’s About section made it clear that it is a sarcastic…

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Record number of passengers in Yerevan airport; new, affordable flight routs to Armenia

Record number of passengers in Yerevan airport; new, affordable flight routs to Armenia

Zvartnots International Airport’s yearly passenger flow exceeded 3,000,000 for the first time in its history. Meanwhile, on January 3rd Ryanair budget airline announced new twice weekly routes from Gyumri to Athens and from Yerevan to Thessaloniki.

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Armenia Issues A Statement on Developments in Baghdad

Armenia Issues A Statement on Developments in Baghdad

Armenian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement in connection with the US drone strike, which killed a top Iranian commander. General Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed in his vehicle near Baghdad International Airport. The news was confirmed both by the US and Iran. “We are seriously concerned about the recent incidents in Baghdad which led to human loses as well. They risk further undermining the…

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Wind of Change

Wind of Change

As I reflect on these last moments of 2019… as we head into 2020 and the next decade… I look into the future full of uncertainty and promise… Uncertainty, because last month I left the Armenian service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (azatutyun.am). Promise, because I have a world of opportunities and plans, one of which is my return to the civil society sector as the country representative of Media Diversity Institute and…

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Amazing Armenia: revolution, tech unicorns & a powerful female workforce – Sifted

Amazing Armenia: revolution, tech unicorns & a powerful female workforce – Sifted

Sifted, a website covering startups in Europe, has an excellent piece on Armenia’s tech ecosystem, featuring PicsArt, 2hz and D’efekt (I had no idea about the latter one).  Here’s my favorite paragraph from the article, go read the rest yourself 😉 With experienced entrepreneurs returning home from the US and a new generation of engineers attracted to the bustling capital of Yerevan from Russia and Ukraine, Armenia is determined to follow Israel in becoming the…

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Armenian International Midnight Airports

Armenian International Midnight Airports

I travel pretty often, which usually means getting into the “Zvartnots” international aitport in the middle of the night or coming back to darkness and a sleeping city. So much so that I have come to regard our airport as the ‘midnight’ airport. While some Russian and Ukrainian flights do happen in broad daylight, European flights almost exclusively come at night. This almost makes one feel guilty for leaving the country on the European direction,…

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