Armenia is a country on the edge of Southeast Europe and Western Asia. It has a population of 3 millions and borders Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran. In antiquity the region had contact with the Greeks and Romans, and was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301, but afterwards came under foreign rule until the 11th century. After that it became subject to Ottomans, and then Russian Empire. It became one of the republics of the Soviet Union. Independence was declared in 1991.