Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, located at the crossroads between Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bordered by the Black Sea to the West, Russia to the North, Turkey and Armenia to the South and Azerbaijan in the Southeast.
Georgia, once a Soviet Republic, is now a unitary republic ruled by a semi-presidential system in which the government is democratically elected. The economy largely relies on agriculture, tourism and is becoming increasingly integrated into global trading networks and markets. In addition, Georgia produces copper, gold and manganese as well as alcoholic beverages and nonalcoholic products.
The country is positioning itself as an international corridor for air, land and sea transportation through Batumi, Poti and Anaklia ports as well as the oil pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and the parallel gas route, the South Caucasus Pipeline. Furthermore, Georgia has a sizable hydroelectric capacity in the energy sector.
While Georgia is known as a cradle of early Christianity, throughout history and especially nowadays, there are no religious restrictions on everyday life. People from different origins and religions such as Muslims, Jews, Assyrians, Armenian Orthodox live side by side and in peace.