Georgia is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and western Asia. It is on the coast of the Black Sea. It is largely encircled by the Greater and Lesser Caucasus mountain ranges. During 1918–1921, and 1991–1995 its full name was the Republic of Georgia. Since 1995 it is Georgia, as written in the Constitution. It was part of the Soviet Union between 1921 and 1991, but now it is an independent republic. The capital city is Tbilisi. Almost 4 million people live there.
"Strength is in Unity"
and largest city
|Official languages||Georgian (nationwide)|
Abkhaz (Abkhazian AR)
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Unitary parliamentary republic|
|13th c. BC – 580 AD|
12 September 1801
26 May 1918
|25 February 1921|
• Independence from the Soviet Union
9 April 1991
25 December 1991
|24 August 1995|
|69,700 km2 (26,900 sq mi) (119th)|
• 2022 estimate
• 2014 census
|57.6/km2 (149.2/sq mi) (137th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2021 estimate|
|$61.58 billion[a] (110th)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2021 estimate|
|$17.85 billion[a] (124th)|
• Per capita
|Gini (2020)|| 34.5[a]|
|HDI (2019)|| 0.812[a]|
very high · 61st
|Currency||Georgian lari (₾) (GEL)|
|Time zone||UTC+4 (Georgia Time GET)|
|ISO 3166 code||GE|
|Internet TLD||.ge, .გე|
The Georgians are an ancient people. Their capital Tbilisi was founded around AD 400, by the king Vakhtang I of Iberia. Western Georgia was part of the Roman Empire before then. The Arabs captured it in 635 AD. The culture continued and flourished through trade.
In the 900s Arab influence diminished in Caucasia. In 1008 Kingdom of Georgia was formed. It was the major country in the region until the Mongol Empire invaded it in 1223. Georgia was part of the Mongol Empire for a century on and off until 1334, when King Giorgi V took over. In the 1400s Georgia dissolved into several principalities. In the 1500s the Persians invaded Eastern Georgia four times from 1541 to 1544. In 1555 the Kings of Kartli ruled through the will of the Persian Shahs.
In 1783 The treaty of Georgievsk was signed between Catherine the Great of Russia and King Heraclius II, giving Russia the power to protect Georgia. Then, in 1798 the Persians burned Tbilisi to the ground.
From 1811 to 1918 Georgia was under the Tsar of Russia. Their culture survived intact. From 1918 to 1921 Georgia was independent, and then was part of the Soviet Union.
In 1991 most people from Georgia voted to be a free nation again, and Georgia declared their independence from the Soviet Union. Newly established Republic of Georgia saw bloody Civil War resulting in downfall of first-ever president of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia. Georgia was also involved in War in Abkhazia. There was a rough patch between 1994 and 1995 when the economy was poor, although Georgia saw significant improvements in last few years. Now Georgia is applying to NATO and European Union.
In 2008 Georgia was involved in the 2008 South Ossetia war.
Georgia has many mountains. Its highest point is 5,193 m above sea level. The mountains running through Georgia are called the Caucasus Mountains.
|Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti||Ambrolauri||4,990||32,089||6.43|
About 4 million people live in Georgia. About 1.2 million live in Tbilisi. People from Georgia are called Georgians. Most of them speak Georgian as their first language, though some people also speak Azerbaijani, Armenian, Russian or other languages.
The most famous person to have come from Georgia is Josef Stalin.
Most Georgians are Christians, but there are some Muslims and Jews as well.
The currency of Georgia is called the lari.
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