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Country Background Notes

provides factual descriptions of the world's independent states, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Learn about the people, history, government, political conditions, economy, geography, and foreign relations of China, Georgia, Pakistan, Russia, and some 200 other nations and areas of special sovereignty. Descriptions are regularly updated. (Department of State)

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Georgia's recorded history dates back more than 2,500 years. Georgian, a South Caucasian (or "Kartvelian") language unrelated to any other outside the immediate region, is one of the oldest living languages in the world, and has its own distinctive alphabet. Tbilisi, located in the picturesque Mtkvari River valley, is more than 1,500 years old. In the early 4th century Georgia adopted Christianity, the second nation in the world to do so officially.
A full moon rises above a cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 14, 2006. [© AP Images]

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