Amsterdam joined the SOAR family in December 2013. While the exact number of Armenians in the country is unknown, unofficially estimates suggest that between 15,000 and 20,000 Armenians live in the Netherlands. Armenian and Dutch interactions go back to the 4th century when the first bishop of the Netherlands came from Armenia. In the 13th century, Armenians brought carpets, dyes, cotton, and spices from around the world and from Armenia itself. In 1713, Amsterdam permitted the Armenians to erect a church of their own. After serving its purpose for about a century and a half, this edifice was closed because of the dwindling of its congregation. The largest modern group of Armenians arrived from Turkey in the 1970s, finding employment in textile plants. Currently, most Armenians live in Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen Alkmaar, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, The Hague, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, and Rotterdam. Armenian Church services are currently held in Amsterdam and Almelo.

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Talin Shahbandarian

Talin was born in Teheran, but moved to the Netherlands when she was two years old. She currently lives in The Hague and works as a Sales and Business Development manager in the IT industry. Talin speaks fluent English, Dutch, Armenian and German. She studied Communication, Media and English Linguistics in Holland and finished her last year at the University of Roehampton in London. During her study, Talin has been active in lecturing English language and working with many children and teenagers in different age categories. Not only did she work with teenagers that had a stable upbringing, but she has also had experience with neglected teenagers living in an unstable environment. She hopes to use her experiences wherever it is needed the most. With her teaching and international background Talin is a unique addition to our team.