I received a very interesting letter today. It said: “Effective May 1 2019, AWS will be required to collect Armenian VAT at a rate of 20% on charges incurred by non-business customers with a registered address in Armenia.” Continue reading “Amazon Web Services to collect Armenian VAT of 20%”
So I went for a beer with a couple of friends and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain turned up.
Here’s what Bourdain himself had to say about his visit to Armenia.
Armenia’s ranking has registered a significant drop in this year’s World Economic Freedom 2017 report by the Fraser Institute. The country was placed 23rd in the previous report, but it has slipped all the way down to the 29th position. Continue reading “Armenia ranks 29th in World Economic Freedom 2017 report”
For all the loud promises Armenian authorities are making about enhancing the countries competitiveness, Armenia is only 73rd among 137 countries in the Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018. Continue reading “Armenia is 79th in Global Competitiveness Report”
I came across this infographic on Настоящее Время, which shows average salaries in post-Soviet states in 2016-17. The data is taken from open sources, like the World Bank, etc. Interesting to see that the salaries in oil-rich Azerbaijan are lower than in Armenia, meanwhile Georgia is ahead of everyone. Below is a table extracted from the infographic, which I’ve typed up and translated into English for easy reference.
We’re starting to see more tourists than usual in Armenia lately. Armenian authorities say they expect a 20% growth in the number of tourists visiting the country. And there seems to be much more stuff to do for them as well — fests, celebrations, ropeways and ziplines, concerts everywhere.
Continue reading “Number of tourists set to grow in Armenia, tourism industry contributes 4% of GDP”
According to this World Bank report, remittances comprised 11.3% of Armenia’s GDP in 2016. It is also interesting to look at how Armenia is doing in comparison with other Post Soviet and Eastern European states. Continue reading “Remittances comprised 11.3% of Armenia’s GDP in 2016. World Bank”
Sixty-nine percent of Armenian households have a computer, and the same proportion have an internet connection, according to the new survey published by the National Statistics service. Continue reading “69 Percent of Armenian Households Own a Computer. Study”
Driving through Dilijan with a group of friends on Sunday we decided to stop for a cup of coffee at this amazing place called Caffeine Brew Lab, which turned out to have the best tasting coffee I’ve had for quite a while in Armenia. Continue reading “Coffee in Dilijan”
I just had a discussion with some Armenian friends about Armenian drinks and remembered about this really fun episode of the Jack Maxwell’s documentary series “Booze Traveler” for the Travelchannel, in which he explores Armenian culture of alcoholic beverages. Continue reading “Booze Traveler on The Armenian Trail”