Magazine article New Internationalist

At a Glance

Magazine article New Internationalist

At a Glance

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Leader: President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Economy: GNI per capita $2,470 (Russia $9,620, Canada $41,730).

Monetary unit: Lari. Main exports: scrap metal, wine, mineral water, ores, vehicles, fruits and nuts. The Georgian economy depends on agriculture and tourism. It has suffered from the loss of the Russian market, particularly for wine. The country remains dependent on imports of gas and oil despite being an important pipeline route for these heading from the Caspian region to the West.

People: 4.6 million. Many Georgians leave the country to find work in Russia and elsewhere. As a consequence the population is shrinking the population growth rate is -1.2%. People per square kilometre 66 (UK 253).

Health: Infant mortality 26 per 1,000 live births (Russia 12, Canada 6). Georgia inherited a corrupt and inefficient Soviet healthcare system but the 2007 attempt privatize healthcare threatens to leave Georgians abandoned. …

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