Everything you need for a trip to Georgia

General Facts About Georgia


Location: Southwestern Asia, bordering the Black Sea, between Turkey and Russia. 41°43N 44°47E
Neighbouring Countries: Russia, Turkey, Armenia & Azerbaijan
Area: 69,700 km2
Administrative Regions: Abkhazia (Sukhumi), Adjara (Batumi), Guria (Ozurgeti), Imereti (Kutaisi), Kakheti (Telavi), Kvemo Kartli (Rustavi), Mtskheta-Mtianeti (Mtskheta), Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (Ambrolauri), Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti (Zugdidi), Samtskhe-Javakheti (Akhaltsikhe), Shida Kartli (Gori), Tbilisi
Capital: Tbilisi, legislative: Kutaisi
Climate: Warm and pleasant; Mediterranean-like on Black Sea coast
Highest Mountain: Shkhara 5068m
Official Language: Georgian
Population: 3,713,804 (2014 census)
Ethnic Make-up: Georgian 83.8%, Azeri 6.5%, Armenian 5.7%, Russian 1.5%, other 2.5% (2002 census)
Religion: Orthodox Christian 83.9%, Muslim 9.9%, Armenian-Gregorian 3.9%, Catholic 0.8%, other 0.8%, none 0.7% (2002 census)
GDP: Total - 35.6 billion; Per capita 9.500 USD
Currency: Georgian lari (
) (GEL). Lari is subdivided into 100 Tetri. Major hotels accept credit cards, but please check outside the main cities. Cash point machines are available throughout major towns and cities.
Government: Unitary semi-presidential republic
Independence: From Russian Empire - 26 May 1918; From Soviet union - 25 December 1991
Time Zone: GET (UTC+4)
Drives on the: right
Calling Code: +995
Internet TLD: .ge .

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