SOAR - Copenhagen Chapter

Copenhagen joined the SOAR family in May 2014. In the modern era, Armenians began settling in Denmark in 1970, coming from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Armenia. In 1983, Armenians established an Armenian Cultural Union that aimed to unite Armenians of Denmark and preserve the Armenian identity, language, and culture. The Armenian Cultural Union operated until 1992 when it gradually slowed down its activities due to the dispersion of Armenians across Denmark and the immigration of Lebanese and Iranian Armenians to the United States and Canada. In 2005, the Danish-Armenian Association and “Nectar” Armenian cultural organization made efforts to organize the community life. The members of these organizations are Armenian immigrants who want to create an Armenian ambiance, preserve the Armenian language and culture, and introduce Danes to Armenia and the Armenian culture. The 3,000 Armenians who live in Denmark today are primarily centered in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Gohar Vardanyan
President

Gohar was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is a graduate of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts in Art History and holds MA degree in Media Arts Cultures from three universities: Aalborg University in Denmark, Danube University in Austria and University of Lodz in Poland. She has extensive experience in lecturing Modern and Contemporary Art History at Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts and at National University of Architecture and Construction in Armenia.

Gohar was a visiting fellow in Art History department at Tufts University, Boston, US and a researcher at IASK (Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg) Kőszeg, Hungary. She has participated in various conferences and educational activities in the US, Europe and Armenia, led cultural programs, organized workshops and exhibitions, curated art projects.

Gohar has lived in Denmark since 2018.

Julieta Andriasyan

Julieta was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She studied Biology at Yerevan State University and continued on at National Institute of Health of Armenia specializing in Clinical Microbiology . After graduation, Julieta worked in a Maternity Hospital as a Bacteriologist. She has also been a researcher in Food Safety and Medical Microbiology. In 2012 Julieta got a scholarship for her Master’s studies in Food Science and Technology and studied at the University of Copenhagen and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2014 she moved to Copenhagen and lives there with her husband.

Hasmik Margaryan

Hasmik was born in Yerevan and graduated from the State Engineering University of Armenia in 1993 as a Mining Engineer. In 1995, she earned her Master’s Degree and continued on for her PhD from the same University. Hasmik moved to Copenhagen and in 2000 began working in different municipalities as an Environmental Engineer. In 2012 she became a project manager at Tårnbyforsyning A/S. Projects working with the water supply, district heating supply and sewer utilities systems.

Hasmik is married and has two boys, aged 6 and 14 years. Her sister lives in Yerevan, so she travels to Armenia frequently.

Lusine Nazaryan

Lusine was born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. She graduated with her Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Biology of Yerevan State University. After graduating, she began working at the Center of Medical Genetics (Yerevan, Armenia) and was there for five years as a clinical cytogeneticist for detecting and analyzing hereditary diseases and abnormalities. In 2008 Lusine was admitted to Copenhagen University to perform her PhD project in Medical Genetics, where she specialized in high resolution next-generation sequencing technologies. These have very broad applications in genetic studies and diagnostics. She earned her PhD and is currently working at the Kennedy Center (Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark) as a Post Doctoral researcher.

Lusine is also actively involved in the Copenhagen International Christian Community, where she volunteers as a small group leader and as a teacher in the Children’s Sunday School. She also supports Kiteng African Charity organization in providing primary school education for children in Uganda, as well as in Madagascar.

Lusine’s parents and sisters live in Yerevan and she visits them three times a year to spend her Christmas, Easter and summer holidays in a warm Armenian family environment.