Georgia (Georgian: საქართველო, Sakartvelo) is a country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia in the north and northeast, by Turkey and Armenia in the south, and by Azerbaijan in the southeast. Georgia forms part of Europe’s easternmost flank, straddling the continent’s border with Asia.
Georgia is situated at the strategically important crossroads where Europe meets Asia. The country has a unique and ancient cultural heritage, and is famed for its traditions of hospitality and cuisine.
Georgia is a rapidly improving country with very low levels of both crime and corruption. Starting in the mid-2000s, Georgia’s tourist infrastructure has expanded substantially (as has mass tourism to popular destinations), and the number of tourists visiting the Black Sea republic has increased several fold. Georgians believe that a guest is a gift from God. At every supra (traditional Georgian feast) guests are welcomed with open arms and locals delight in feeding newcomers traditional treats. If you’re from abroad then you’re considered to be a guest of the country. Mealtimes are celebrated as they bring people together and there is always plenty of wine and food going around. There is a ‘tamada’ or toastmaster present at every ‘supra’ (traditional Georgian feast). This person is required to entertain, inspire or give thanks. If you find yourself welcomed into a Georgian home remember to raise a glass and say “Gaumarjos!” (“cheers” in Georgian).
Population of Georgia: 4 million; Capital: Tbilisi; Population: 1.1 million
Georgian Orthodox (main), Catholic, Muslim, Armenian Gregorian, Jewish
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The following legend adequately describes Georgia’s great natural beauty: When God apportioned the Earth to all the peoples of the world, the Georgians arrived late. The Lord asked them why they were tardy. The Georgians replied that they had stopped on the way to drink and raise their glasses in praise of Him. God was so pleased with their response that He gave the Georgians the part of the Earth that He had been reserving for himself