Key Country Facts
Reading Georgian writing is very beautiful, filled with intricate swirls!
Tbilisi, Shkara, Caucasus Mountains
Top exports: cars, ferroalloys, copper ore, refined petroleum, and wine
The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi and the country’s population is around 4.5 million (2013). The official language is Georgian and the primary religion is Orthodox Christianity. Its top exports are cars, ferroalloys, copper ore, refined petroleum, and wine. The time zone is 8 hours ahead of EST.
A useful fact is that Georgians don’t actually call their country Georgia; they call it Saqartvelo. Also interesting is that the highest mountain range in Europe, the Caucasus Mountains, is between Georgia and Russia. The highest peak in Georgia is called Shkara and is 17,040 feet.
The Caucasus Mountains are legendary because, in Greek mythology, these mountains are where Zeus tied up the titan Prometheus and had his liver eaten by eagles. Many climbers, walkers, and skiers come to these mountains for the adventure and folklore!
Another fun fact is that Georgian language is very unusual. It belongs to its own ancient language group unlike anything else spoken nearby, using rare sounds that most visitors have never heard. Reading Georgian writing is very beautiful, filled with intricate swirls.
Georgian people are very hospitable, giving foreigners plenty of food and drink to enjoy. Travelers will likely try chacha, an ancient hard liquor made from grape pomace (the solid remains left after wine production). Bottoms up!