Georgia (country)

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Coat of arms of Georgia (country)
Coat of arms
Motto: Dzala ertobashia (ძალა ერთობაშია)
(English: "Strength is in Unity")
Location of Georgia (country)
and largest city
41°43′N 44°47′E / 41.717°N 44.783°E / 41.717; 44.783
Other languages[2]
Ethnic groups
83.8% Georgian,
6.5% Azeri,
5.7% Armenian,
1.5% Russian,
2.5% others[2]
GovernmentUnitary semi-presidential republic
• President
Salome Zurabishvili
Giorgi Gakharia
Modern Statehood
May 26, 1918
February 25, 1921
• Independence from the Soviet Union Declared
April 9, 1991
December 25, 1991
69,700 km2 (26,900 sq mi) (119th)
• 2019 estimate
3,723,464[a][3] (129th)
• 2014 census
• Density
53.5/km2 (138.6/sq mi) (137th)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$46.05 billion[5] (112th)
• Per capita
$12,409[5] (101st)
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$17.83 billion[5] (118st)
• Per capita
$4,285[6] (107th)
Gini (2018)Positive decrease 36.4[7]
HDI (2018)Increase 0.786[8]
high · 70th
CurrencyLari (ლ) (GEL)
Time zoneUTC+4 (UTC)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+4 (not observed)
Driving sideright
Calling code995
ISO 3166 codeGE

Georgia is a country in Eastern Europe. It is on the coast of the Black Sea. 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 Unionbetween 1921-1991, but now it is an independent republic. The capital city is Tbilisi. Its population is almost 4 million.

History[change | change source]

The Georgians are an ancient people. Their capital Tbilisi was founded around AD 400, by the king Vakhtang Gorgasali. Western Georgia was part of the Roman Empire before then. The Arabs captured it in 635 AD. The culture continued and they flourished through trade. In the 900s Arabs influence diminished in Caucasia significantly. In 1008 Kingdom of Georgia was formed. It was the major country in the region until the Mongols invaded in 1223. Georgia was part of the Mongolian 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 1541-1544. 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 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.

Geography[change | change source]

A map of Georgia

Georgia is next to the countries of Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. It also has a coast on the Black Sea. It is at the edge of Europe and Asia.

Georgia has many mountains. Its highest point is 5,193 m above sea level. The mountains running through Georgia are called the Caucasus Mountains.

The highest mountain in Georgia is Mount Shkhara at 5,193 m. The coastline of Georgia is 310 km long. Georgia has about 25,000 rivers. The largest river is the Mtkvari.

Divisions[change | change source]

Map of Georgia showing the occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region (South Ossetia)

Georgia is divided into 9 regions, 1 city, and 2 autonomous republics. These in turn are divided into 67 districts and 12 self-governing cities.[10]

The region of Abkhazia declared independence in 1999.[11] South Ossetia is officially known by Georgia as the Tskinvali region. Georgia considers both regions as occupied by Russia.[12]

Region Centre Area (km2) Population[4] Density
Abkhazia Sukhumi 8,660 242,862est 28.04
Adjara Batumi 2,880 333,953 115.95
Guria Ozurgeti 2,033 113,350 55.75
Imereti Kutaisi 6,475 533,906 82.45
Kakheti Telavi 11,311 318,583 28.16
Kvemo Kartli Rustavi 6,072 423,986 69.82
Mtskheta-Mtianeti Mtskheta 6,786 94,573 13.93
Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Ambrolauri 4,990 32,089 6.43
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Zugdidi 7,440 330,761 44.45
Samtskhe-Javakheti Akhaltsikhe 6,413 160,504 25.02
Shida Kartli Gori 5,729 300,382est 52.43
Tbilisi Tbilisi 720 1,108,717 1,539.88

Culture[change | change source]

The population of Georgia is about 4 million. About 1.2 million of these 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.

Georgians have their own unique three alphabets. They were invented by King Pharnavaz I of Iberia.

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.

Joseph Stalin's Death[change | change source]

KGB chief Lavrentij Beria feared Stalin's next purge and like his predecessor KGB/NKVD chief Yezhov, he would be next, so he had him poisoned. It’s known that on the night of February the 28 1953, Stalin drank "fruit juice" (diluted Georgian wine). Poison, in the form of the tasteless blood thinner warfarin (rat poison) was slipped in Stalin’s drink and caused stomach and brain hemorrhaging. Doctors were not called entire day on purpose to make sure the poison works and Stalin could not be saved. His death was recorded at 9:50 p.m.. ironically exactly to the minute of signing Katyn execution orders of Polish POWs in 1940. Stalin was laid to rest in the Lenin Mausuleum but was reburied in a simple grave behind Kremlin Wall during night without any fanfare on Halloween 1961, ironically on the eve of All Saints Day, holiday he banned. Upon Stalin’s death, Beria (also responsible for Katyn Massacre), with his network of spies and contacts, seemed poised to take over. But he fatally underestimated his opponent Khrushchev who eventually took over and executed Beria and 6 of his accomplices for treason on December 23 1953.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Article 1.3", Constitution of Georgia
  2. 2.0 2.1 "CIA Factbook Georgia". Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  3. "Demographic Portal". Geostat - National Statistics Office of Georgia. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "2014 General Population Census Main Results General Information — National Statistics Office of Georgia" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "World Economic Outlook Database, October 2019". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  6. "World Economic Outlook Database October 2019".
  7. "GINI index (World Bank estimate) - Georgia". World Bank. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  8. "Human Development Report 2019". United Nations Development Programme. 10 December 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 April 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  9. "Article 8", Constitution of Georgia. In Abkhazia, also Abkhazian.
  10. "Registry of Municipalities". National Agency of Public Registry. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  11. "Regions and territories: Abkhazia". BBC News. 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  12. Abkhazia, S. Ossetia Formally Declared Occupied Territory. Archived 3 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine Civil Georgia. 28 August 2008.

Other websites[change | change source]