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Armenians ">[hɑˈjɛɾ]) are an ethnic group native to the Armenian Highlands.

Armenians
Հայեր Hayer
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Total population
c. 68 million
Regions with significant populations
Armenia Armenia 3,018,854
 Russia 1,182,388–2,900,000
 United States 483,366–1,500,000
 France 250,000–750,000
 Georgia
 •  Abkhazia
168,191
41,864
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Nagorno Karabakh 146,573
 Iran 120,000
 Brazil 100,000
 Lebanon 150,000
 Syria 100,000
 Ukraine 100,000
 Greece 80,000
 Argentina 70,000
 Turkey 60,000
 Canada 55,740
 Poland 50,000
Languages
Armenian
Religion
Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Hemshin, Cherkesogai

Armenians (Armenian: հայեր, hayer [hɑˈjɛɾ]) are an ethnic group native to the Armenian Highlands.

Armenians constitute the main population of Armenia and the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. There is a wide-ranging diaspora of around 5 million people of full or partial Armenian ancestry living outside of modern Armenia. The largest Armenian populations today exist in Russia, the United States, France, Georgia, Iran, Ukraine, Lebanon, Brazil and Syria. With the exceptions of Iran and the former Soviet states, the present-day Armenian diaspora was formed mainly as a result of the Armenian Genocide.

Most Armenians adhere to the Armenian Apostolic Church, a non-Chalcedonian church, which is also the world's oldest national church. Christianity began to spread in Armenia soon after Jesus' death, due to the efforts of two of his apostles, St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. In the early 4th century, the Kingdom of Armenia became the first state to adopt Christianity as a state religion.

Armenian is an Indo-European language. It has two mutually intelligible and written forms: Eastern Armenian, today spoken mainly in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran and the former Soviet republics, and Western Armenian, used in the historical Western Armenia and, after the Armenian Genocide, primarily in the Armenian diasporan communities. The unique Armenian alphabet was invented in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.


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