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Jan 19 2007

MySQL.com says Armenia is located in Europe

UPDATE: I wanted to look up the exact location and verify it in other places and I have to say that the location of Armenia is now debatable in my opinion. It is very interesting considering that Armenia is a part of the former Soviet Union which was in Asia, but I now have to take back my statement and sit on the fence with this comment for a while.

(from Wikipedia) The Geographic Web Site World Atlas places Armenia in Europe, as do most European governments and sources, such as the BBC; conversely, the UN classification of world regions places Armenia in Western Asia as does the CIA World Factbook. The government of the United Kingdom classifies Armenia within Europe:[1]. Most importantly, the Armenian government and the general population self-identify as European and a part of Europe.[2]. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Vartan Oskanian reiterated recently that: Armenia is Europe. This is a fact, it’s not a response to a question.:[3]. Mr Torben Holtze head of the European Commission’s representation in Armenia and Georgia, Ambassador of the European Union with residence in Tbilisi stated recently that: As a matter of principle Armenia is a European country


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As I was working on setting up our test server at work, I realized that I needed a newer version of the mySQL JDBC Connector for the application to work. I went to mysql development website and I found the link to download it. As I was scrolling to the United States, I noticed that Armenia was directly below the US on the list. However, it was under the section titled Europe.

Now for those of you who don’t know, Armenia is NOT in Europe but in Asia. According to the fact book produced by the CIA, Armenia is located in Southwestern Asia, east of Turkey. In fact, the only countries that they listed from Asia were Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

I think it is funny that people assume that Armenia is in Europe and do not even question the location or check to see where it is. On the other hand, some people do not know that there is a country called Armenia.

Check it out for yourself, MySQL JDBC Connector

Below is an image of Armenia in reference to its surrounding countries.
Central Asia

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  1. clayton engel

    i don’t kow what you are talking about. Armenia is definitely geographically in Europe. People try to say it is in Asia because Russia is so large that people do not count it as being in Europe.

  2. just a comment

    SO everybody else is wrong and your CIA fact book in right, as for UN classification it is for statistical data only..The border of south east Europe are not well defined and multiple definitions occur. Armenia is European by its culture, history, language and religion..and has strong sociopolitical connections to Europe, as is ”full” member of the council of Europe.

  3. woop-woop

    Armenia is my school project country so please tell me about the region of armenia. Also how to say merry chrismas in armenian but not how they write, just how its spelled in english.

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