Moving to Armenia
What is Armenia?
Armenia is a landlocked republic in Western Asia
Armenia is a bit of an odd-ball country.
Most Westerners picture moving to Thailand, the Philippines, Paraguay or other tropical countries when they’re escaping the West, but there are plenty of random countries which are a surprisingly good option, such as Armenia.
Armenia lies in the Caucasus region, and borders Turkey, Georgia and Iran. Its capital is Yerevan, by far the most populous city in the country.
It is located east of Eastern Europe, and west of Asia.
A bit in the middle, but it is considered (culturally) a European nation – although thankfully not a part of Europe.
Armenia is a developing country, an emerging democracy, with an ancient and very interesting history.
Geographically speaking, you can expect a lot of steppes, rolling hills and rivers, with some forests spread across the country.
Armenia lies well above sea-level (at least 390 meters / 1280 ft), and consists mostly of mountainous area.
Moving to Armenia requirements
Moving to Armenia does not come with a lot of requirements.
Citizens of many nations can stay there visa-free for up to 180 days, and others can get a visa on arrival.
It’s relatively hassle-free to move to Armenia and to stay there, because getting permanent residency is rather easy as well.
This is one of the main reasons Armenia is so attractive to move to, or make it one of your flags.
The only hard requirement of moving to Armenia is having a location independent income.
You generally do not want to work for an Armenian company, because that not only ties you too tightly to this country, you’ll also have to pay taxes.
And it limits your freedom to move around the world.
Benefits of living in Armenia
Disadvantages of living in Armenia
Moving to Armenia - by the numbers
|Hours of sunshine (9/10)||Temperature (5/10)||Rainy days (10/10)||Humidity (10/10)|
11 C – 52 F
Level of English: 4/10
Cost of Living: 9/10
Taxes on international income: 8/10
You have to pay taxes if you’re considered a resident, which is the case if you are there at least 183 days per year.
Economic growth: 7.5/10
Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 4.5%
How is life in Armenia for foreigners?
Life in Armenia for foreigners is pretty great.
Armenia is a safe country with plenty of nature, friendly locals, a low cost of living, and the possibility of permanent residency.
The level of English proficiency is rather low, so if you were to live here full-time, you’d need to learn Armenian – which isn’t easy, as they have their own alphabet.
In addition, if you were to live here full-time (more than half a year per year), you’d have to pay taxes.
The Armenian government would probably not know where you money comes from, so you’d be able to avoid paying taxes, but that wouldn’t be legal and in the long run could interfere with your happiness.
I’d advise you to use Armenia as one of your flags.
Armenia might not be the greatest country in the world to spend all your time in, but as a Flag (or even multiple Flags), it is 100% worth it.