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Full country name: Georgia
Area: 69,700 sq km
Population: 4,436,400
Capital City: Tbilisi
Language: Georgian
Religion: 83,9% Orthodox Christian, 9,9% Muslim, 3,9% Armenian Christian, 1,7% Russian Orthodox, 0,6% Roman Catholic
Government:Unitary semi-presidential republic
Time Zone: UTC (UTC+4), summer (DST) not observed (UTC+4)
Dialing Code: 995
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Lari (GEL)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 4,400

Budget: $5-10
Mid-range: $10-25
High: $25+
Budget: $10-30
Mid-range: $30-100
High: $100+

Geography: Georgia is in the middle of South Caucasus region of Eurasia, as a border line between Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Mountains are the essential geographic feature of the country. The Likhi Range mountains divides the country into eastern and western parts. The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range separates Georgia from the North Caucasian Republics of Russia and the southern portion of the country is bounded by the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. The landscape within the nation's boundaries is quite varied. Western Georgia's landscape ranges from low-land forests, swamps, and temperate rain forests to eternal snows and even glaciers. Forests cover around 40% of Georgia's territory while the alpine zone accounts for only around 10% of the land.

Climate: Georgia's climate along the Black Sea coast is Mediterranean, which is characterized as having warm to hot summers and mild to cool winters. Farther inland the climate is continental, with warm summers and cold winters. The average summer temperature is about 23 C (73 F) and the average winter temperature is about -3 C (28 F). Note, the closer to mountains you get, the colder is the weather. The capital Tbilisi experiences very hot summers and long winters with an average temperature of 0 C.

Recommended clothing: You should pack lightweight cottons and linens when traveling to Georgia in summer and mediumweight clothes for hiking in the mountains. Mediumweights are also worn in the south during winter, while warmer clothes are required elsewhere in the country. Alpine wear is advised for winter mountain resorts.

Food: Each historical province of Georgia has its own distinct culinary tradition. The Georgian cuisine offers a variety of dishes that are usually high in various herbs and spices. In addition to various meat dishes, Georgia has also got a variety of vegetarian meals to offer. The importance of traditional food and drinks in Georgian culture is best observed during feasts. Dinner can last for hours and the assortment of dishes and amounts of wine are more than impressive.

Drink: Georgia can be proud of its wines, as it is the oldest wine producing region of the world. Lagidze water is a popular Georgian flavored soda made with a variety of natural syrups. Some other types of mineral water produced in Georgia are: Borjomi, Nabeghlavi and Sairme.

Health: Travel insurance is recommended for all travelers planning to visit Georgia, as the medical care in the country is limited. You should take the most important medicine you may require, from your home country, as it can be hard to obtain prescription or over-the-counter drugs in local pharmacies - the equivalent drugs may simply not be available. Travelers who are taking regular medications should carry them properly labeled and in sufficient quantity.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
7 Jan Orthodox Christmas
19 Jan Orthodox Epiphany/Baptism
3 Mar Mother's Day
8 Mar Women's Day
4 Apr Orthodox Easter
5 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
9 Apr National Unity Day
9 May Victory against Fascism Day
26 May Independence Day
28 Aug Mariamoba (Day of the Virgin Mary)
14 Oct Svetitskhovloba (Georgian Orthodox Festival)
23 Nov Giorgoba (St George's Day)

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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