|• Governor||Zviad Shalamberidze (Georgian Dream)|
|• Total||6,680 km2 (2,580 sq mi)|
|• Density||72/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||GE-IM|
|Districts||11 districts, 1 city|
|HDI (2017)||0.810 |
very high · 3rd
Imereti (Georgian: იმერეთი) is a region of Georgia situated in the central-western part of the republic along the middle and upper reaches of the Rioni River. Imereti is the most populous region in Georgia. It consists of 11 municipalities and the city of Kutaisi, which is the capital of the region.
The Imereti region has one self governing city (Kutaisi) and 11 municipalities with 163 administrative communities (temi), totalling to 549 populated settlements:
|City of Kutaisi|
Aside from the capital Kutaisi, significant towns and regional centres include Samtredia, Chiatura (manganese production centre), Tkibuli (coal mining centre), Zestafoni (known for metals production), Vani, Khoni, and Sachkhere. Traditionally, Imereti is an agricultural region, known for its mulberries and grapes.
The 800,000 Imeretians speak a Georgian dialect; they are one of the local culture-groups of the ethnically subdivided Georgian people.
|Population development of the region Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti|
|City of Kutaisi||128,203||162,787||194,297||234,870||185,965||-||147,635||134,378|
|* Research after 2014 census showed the 2002 census was inflated by 8-9 percent. |
**Corrected data based on retro-projection 1994-2014 in collaboration with UN
*** Part of Sachkhere is outside Georgian government authority and has not been counted since 2002.
In late antiquity and early Middle Ages the ancient western Georgian kingdom of Egrisi existed on the territory of Imereti. Its king declared Christianity as an official religion of Egrisi in 523 AD. In 975-1466 Imereti was part of the united Georgian Kingdom. Since its disintegration in the 15th century, Imereti was an independent kingdom.
In the 17th-18th centuries, the kingdom of Imereti experienced frequent invasions by the Turks and paid patronage to the Ottoman Empire until 1810, when it was invaded and annexed by the Russian Empire. The last King of Imereti was Solomon II (1789-1810).
From 1918 to 1921, Imereti was part of the independent Democratic Republic of Georgia. Within the USSR, the region was part of the Transcaucasian SFSR from 1922–1936, and part of the Georgian SSR from 1936–1991. Since Georgian independence in 1991, Imereti has been a region of Georgia with Kutaisi as the regional capital.
Oni is a town in Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region (mkhare), Georgia. Historically and ethnographically, it is part of Racha, a historic highland province in western Georgia. The town also serves as an administrative center of the Oni district (raioni).
Zestafoni or Zestaponi is the administrative center of Zestafoni District in Western Georgia. Zestafoni is the center of an ancient, historical part of Georgia – Margveti, which is a part of Imereti province. Zestafoni is the center of Margveti's Eparchy of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Zestafoni is situated in the furthest east of the Colchis Plateau, and is built on both banks of the Qvirila River.
Sachkhere is a town at the northern edge of the Imereti Province in Western Georgia. It is the center of the Sachkhere Municipality.
Samtskhe–Javakheti is a region (mkhare) in southern Georgia with a population of 151.110 (2021) and an area of 6,413 km2 (2,476 sq mi). The region has Akhaltsikhe as its administrative center, while Besik Amiranashvili is governor of the region since August 2018. Samtskhe–Javakheti is compiled of the historical Georgian provinces Meskheti, Javakheti and Tori.
For articles related to Georgia, see Category:Georgia (country)
Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti is a region (Mkhare) in northwestern Georgia with a population of 28,500 (2021), making it the most sparsely populated region in the country. It has a nominal area of 4,954 km2 (1,913 sq mi), of which 4,600 km2 (1,800 sq mi) is de facto controlled by Georgia. The remainder is effectively under South Ossetian control. The region has Ambrolauri as its administrative center and Parmen Margvelidze is governor of the region since June 2021. Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti includes the historical provinces of Racha, Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti.
Mtskheta-Mtianeti is a region (Mkhare) in eastern Georgia comprising the town of Mtskheta, which serves as a regional capital, together with its district and the adjoining mountainous areas. The western part of the region, namely the entire Akhalgori Municipality, is controlled by breakaway South Ossetia since the 2008 Russo-Georgian War.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti is a region (Mkhare) in western Georgia with a population of 308,358 (2021) and a surface of 7,468 km2 (2,883 sq mi). The region has Zugdidi as its administrative center, while Giorgi Guguchia is governor of the region since June 2021. Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti is compiled of the historical Georgian provinces of Samegrelo (Mingrelia) and Zemo Svaneti.
The Erovnuli Liga is the top division of professional football in Georgia. Since 1990, it has been organized by the Professional Football League of Georgia and Georgian Football Federation. From 1927 to 1989, the competition was held as a regional tournament within the Soviet Union. From 2017 the Erovnuli Liga switched to a spring-autumn system, with only 10 clubs in the top flight.
Vani is a municipality of Georgia, in the region of Imereti. Its main town is Vani.
Tsqaltubo is a district of Georgia, in the region of Imereti. Its main town is Tskaltubo.
The Ambrolauri Municipality is a self-governing subdivision in western Georgia. Its governing bodies are based in the city of Ambrolauri. Together with the neighboring municipalities Lentekhi, Oni, and Tsageri, the Ambrolauri Municipality forms the region of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti. The municipality has an area of is 1142 km2, and population of 10,405 (2021).
The Qvirila is a river of Georgia. It is 140 km (87 mi) long, and has a drainage basin of 3,630 km2 (1,400 sq mi). It is a left affluent of the Rioni, which it joins south of the city Kutaisi.
The 2011–12 Georgian Cup was the sixty-eighth season overall and the twenty-second since independence of the Georgian annual football tournament. The competition began on 17 August 2011 and ended with the final in May 2012. The defending champions were Gagra. The winner of the competition, Dila Gori, qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.
The 2012–13 Georgian Cup is the sixty-ninth season overall and the twenty-third since independence of the Georgian annual football tournament. The competition began on 29 August 2012 and will end with the final in May 2013. The defending champions are Dila Gori, after winning their first ever Georgian Cup last season. The winner of the competition will qualify for the second qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.
The 2013–14 Georgian Cup is the seventieth season overall and the twenty-fourth since independence of the Georgian annual football tournament. The competition began on 21 August 2013 and will end with the final in May 2014. The defending champions are Dinamo Tbilisi, after winning their tenth ever Georgian Cup last season. The winner of the competition will qualify for the second qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.
The 2015–16 Georgian Cup was the nighteen season overall and the twenty-six since independence of the Georgian annual football tournament. The competition began on 17 August 2015 and finished on 18 May 2016.
The 2016 Georgian Cup is the twenty season overall and the twenty-seven since independence of the Georgian annual football tournament. The competition began on 15 August and finished on 22 November 2016.
The 2021 Liga 4 was the third season of fourth-tier football in Georgia under its current title. The season began on 30 March and ended on 22 November.
Тhe 2017 Liga 3 was the first season under its current name and 30th third-tier season in Georgia. It began on 19 March and ended on 24 November.