Caucasus overview

New Ambrolauri Airport will be constructed in Georgia's Racha Region

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Georgia will never end to surprise you, so today after finish concreting tasks for my country house foundation I spent some time reading Georgian websites (I have been absent from Georgia for about 4 months and haven't red news lately). One of the first I red was article about new airport/airfield construction in Ambrolauri, region of Racha.  I red the title and thought - wow, cool, then I red the whole article, and condemned - Awesome, they are not only to construct new airport, but they are…


Pictures of Khazar Islands, Azerbaijan Tower

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I have never been to Azerbaijan, but have heard a lot of it's plans to build a super expensive project of Khazar Islands and worlds highest tower - Azerbaijan, somewhere close to it's capital city Baku. More than a year ago - I wrote about Baku to build Worlds Tallest building: Azerbaijan is aimed to build artificial island archipelago called Khazar Islands with worlds largest building on it - Azerbaijan Tower. Estimated cost for such a mega project is 100 bln USD, which is more than total of…


Travellers from Poland, Germany and Greece Among Top countries from European Union visiting Georgia - EU From Total Just 4.21%

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According to Georgian National Tourism Administration in 2014 there was a total of  5 493 492 international travelers arriving to Georgia, what is a increase of 1.9% compared to previous year (2013) Most of the travelers arrive from following 5 countries - Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine, if counted together international travelers from those 5 countries makes 4 992 934 or saying in percentage - makes 90.88% of total travelers,  leaving the rest of the World travelers with 500…


New Buses in Baku, Azerbaijan

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<p>Lately I have found transport systems as a interesting topics just to satisfy my curiosity. So we days ago I wrote an article about <a href="http://www.reinisfischer.com/first-high-speed-railway-launched-poland">… high-speed trains in Poland</a> and compiled a photo posts of <a href="http://www.reinisfischer.com/history-tram-and-trolleybus-systems-tbilis… and Trolleys in Georgia</a>.</p><p>Today I learned that Baku is launching new bus…


European Parliament ratifies Association Agreement with Georgia

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<p>Previously, this year I mentioned an event what might change future of South Caucasus region -&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reinisfischer.com/georgia-has-signed-association-agreement-e… has signed Association Agreement with European Union</a>.</p><p>Now was turn to European Parliament ratify it as well, and it did happened on December 18th.</p><p><strong>The European Parliament gave its green light to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement on…


Azerbaijan Airlines - Direct Flights Baku - New York City

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<p>Today I red an interesting article on News.az - it turns out Azerbaijan avio carrier Azerbaijan Airlines has increased its flights from Baku to New York city.</p><p>At a start I was surprised to learn that there is an offer of direct flights at all, but having increased number of flights might mean just one - <strong>Economy of Azerbaijan is soaring</strong>, and those located in Caucasus (for example, me) now have an alternative for Istanbul flights.</p>…


European Union Will assist Georgia with €46 million in grants and loans in 2015

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<p>Georgia can count on continuing support from the European Union. Pierre Moscovici, the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, signed the Memorandum of Understanding for a €46 million Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Georgia.</p><p>The assistance will be distributed evenly between grants and loans and will be disbursed in two equal tranches in 2015.</p><p>The MFA programme is intended to strengthen Georgia…


Average Salary in Georgia = $442 in 2013

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<p>Today I red an article pointing out about average salary in Georgia.&nbsp;</p><p>It was interesting finding for me to learn that <strong>average salary in Republic of Georgia in 2013 was about $442</strong> or GEL 773.</p><p>Turns out it's about 8.5% growth if compared to 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>Though there is a pretty huge inequality of how many receives man and women.</p><p>So in 2013 <strong>men received…


Georgia Ranks 10 Worst on Global Well-Being Index

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<p>The other day I took the taxi, for a short drive I usually pay 3 GEL, Taxi driver asked me 10GEL, when I pointed him that it's a bad attitude regarding foreigners, he started to yell on me telling that - Foreigners just like to visit Georgia, not to spend a dime, and that he is not satisfied with that. I asked does he thinks Georgia is equal to Germany, Netherlands or Spain?</p><p><strong>If it so, why dies he is driving a junk car without safety belts and fails…


Georgia Plans To Have Full membership in EU in 5-10 Years (2014)

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Recently Georgia signed Association Agreement with EU, which includes Free Trade Agreement with the EU as well. Georgian Politicians were so happy, that they rushed to announce some great plans - and so the MP of Georgia announced, that Georgia is eager to have full EU membership in the next 5-10 years.  So far so good.  On the other hand, the newly elected president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has already announced, that he is not willing to see any enlargement in European…