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Georgia
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Location  Asia
Capital  Tbilisi
Area  69,700 sq km
Population  4,926,087
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  • Georgia-Russia flights resumed between the two former Soviet neighbors since their brief war in August 2008 over South Ossetia. A Georgian Airways plane landed at Moscow's Domodedovo airport on 7 January 2011, the first direct flight between Russia and Georgia since the war.[1]

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  • Georgia and Russia reopened their only border crossing on 1 March 2010, after more than three years it was closed, in a rare gesture of goodwill between the former Soviet republics to rekindle their diplomatic relations after the 2008 war.[2]

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  • Georgia and Germany on 11 March 2014 signed two agreements on financial cooperation and a protocol on amending the agreement on avoidance of double taxation.

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  • Georgian actress Ketevan Tskhakaia won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film Moira at the 6th Beijing International Film Festival (BIFF) on 23 April 2016.
  • Georgia's TBC Bank won the Asian Development Bank Trade Finance Program (TFP) award on 23 April 2015 for their role in supporting trade in the region.[3]

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  • Ilia Vekua Institute of Applied Mathematics (VIAM) of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) of Georgia won the 2016 WSIS Prize for its project R-package to compute confidence intervals for heritability, reliability, and heterogeneity.[4]

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  • Georgia and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[5]

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  • Georgia on 27 June 2014 signed an Association Agreement with the European Union (EU). This is an important step towards deeper political association and economic integration with the EU with great impact.

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  • Georgia secured a US$60 million loan from the World Bank on 1 July 2015 in order to improve tourism infrastructures in the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti regions.[6]

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  • Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia won an Olympic judo gold medal in London on 29 July 2012 in the men's 66-kilogram category.[7]

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  • Georgia was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 31 July 1992.[8]


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  • Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia won the title of the best individual female player at the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway’s Tromso.[9]

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  • Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia won the Men's +105kg Weightlifting gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia won the Men's Freestyle 57 kg Wrestling gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Zviad Gogotchuri of Georgia won Men's -90 kg Judo gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.

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  • Dr. Zurab Vadachkoria of Georgia won the prestigious 2015 Gusi Peace Prize in the Medicine; Academe & Research on Maxillo-facial Surgery; and Internationalization of Medical Education category.

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  • Georgia ranked tenth at the Freedom on the Net 2016 index compiled by Freedom House. This index is compiled based on the extent of freedom the citizens of 65 countries experienced on the Internet.[10]

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  • Nino Burjanadze, former woman President of Georgia, served as the acting Head of State or President of Georgia twice from 23 November 2003 to 25 January 2004, and again from 25 November 2007 to 20 January 2008.

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  • Former diplomat Salome Zurabishvili was elected as Georgia's first woman President on 29 November 2018.

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