A beautiful country situated on the border of the black sea, Georgia has been plagued by unrest and political uncertainty. After the war with Russia over the breakaway South Ossetia republic, the Georgian economy has been unsteady. However, a growing tourist industry and an ambitious government has given observers hope that the economy can recover.
Some of the biggest challenges facing the population include unaffordable healthcare. Despite services being 'free', there are costly 'out of pocket' fees which put essential treatment out of the reach of many. Lack of investment in infrastructure restricts the economy and makes life a daily challenge for rural and urban dwellers, especially during the winter months.
Population = 4,555,911
Jewish population = 10,000
Life expectancy at birth = 77 years
Population below poverty line = 31%
Unemployment rate = 16.4%
GDP per capita = $4,800
Inflation rate = 5.7%