Political system: Parliamentary democracy.
Capital: Tbilisi (population 1,3 million).
Other big cities: Batumi, Kutaisi, Rustavi.
Official language: Georgian.
Alphabet: Georgian. The unique alphabet – there are only 14 existing unique alphabets in the whole world.
Time zone: GET (UTC +4).
Religion: Georgian Orthodox Church, Catholic, Muslim and other religions.
International membership: UN, The Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Georgia is currently working to become a full member of NATO and European Union.
The voltage: 220V, 50Hz (European / Danish plug).
Geography and climate
Location: South Caucasus.
Mountains: Greater Caucasus, Small Caucasus and Likhi Range.
The highest mountain: Shkhara – 5068 m
Landscape: Western Georgia’s landscape ranges from low-land marsh-forests, swamps, and temperate rainforests to eternal snows and glaciers, while the eastern part of the country even contains a small segment of semi-arid plains.
Sea: Black Sea.
The longest river: Kura (Mtkvari) – 1364 km.
The biggest lake: Paravani – 37,5 Kv. km.
Climate: The climate is dry and continental in eastern Georgia with hot summers and mild winters. The climate in western Georgia and on the Black Sea coast is warm and semitropical. (Ask us about the weather forecast closer to the day of the departure).
Buy and pay / Currency. Local currency: Georgian lari (GEL), divided in 100 tetri
Payment with a card / Visa and credit card: Hotels in the big cities, restaurants, cafés, museums, galleries, some souvenir shops.
Payment with cash: In the public transport, some souvenir shops, small city attractions and places to eat. We recommend you to always have a cash with you in Georgia, and it is no problem to withdraw a small amount of cash from the cash machines every day. Cash machines are primarly located in the big cities.
Rules about currency exchange:
Cash machines and money exchange in banks. If you want to exchange the money in bank, you will need passport/ID card. If you want to exchange the money in the small offices, you will not need passport/ID. Small offices have the better exchange rate. When you travel out from the Tbilisi or another big city and you will need the Georgian currency, so it is better to exchange the money before you leave the Tbilisi, as the exchange rates may be much worse in the country overall.
Georgian Lari is the closed currency, therefore it is necessary to exchange the rest of the local currency back to DKK before living the country. Or save it for your next trip to the wonderful Georgia.
Official statistics: “Georgia is a very safe country to travel in. It is also an exotic country with many surprises. Therefore, the plan that have originally been made, may change along the way. Tourists who are ready to be surprised, and are interested in experiences will love to travel in Georgia. I highly recommend it”. (Esben Emborg, Honorary Consul of Honorary Consulate of Denmark in Georgia).
According to different surveys made by European and American institutions, Georgia is a safe country of staying in. An American online portal PRESSCAVE.COM made a list of the top ten safest countries in the world – and Georgia is at the 6th place.
“Georgia can be considered as one of the safest countries in the world to live because people can have safe walk alone during night and day in its capital. This cannot be possible in most of other countries. It has the lowest rate of theft, terrorism, murder, etc. which made it to take part in the index of safety. It can be the best place for tourism where you can visit Black Sea coastline, Caucasus mountain range, UNESCO heritage sites, national parks and more”. These statistics was made considering different criteria, such as: the existence of strict laws made by the government to reduce crime rate (which is considered as main factor to determine whether a country is safe or not); natural disasters; corruption; terrorism; economic crisis; culture and more.
Apart from official statistics there’s also a humanity factor. Georgians are very open, kind and positive people, without any hidden thoughts or double standards – so you can feel absolutely comfortable and safe among them. You can learn more about Georgian mentality by choosing the option “Code of conduct”.
Safety of driving. The rate of car accidents in Georgia is very low comparing to most of the European countries. Although the culture of Georgian driving is very dubious. That is why we strongly recommend our guests NOT to rent a car/to drive a car in Georgia. As not local, you will definitely feel strange on the road as well as the culture of driving may (and will) seem unacceptable for you, while being in a car/bus with a Georgian driver is completely safe.