Tbilisi, in some languages still known by its pre-1936 name Tiflis, is the capital and the largest city of Georgia. It is situated on the banks of the Kura River. Tbilisi was founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, and since then has served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tiflis was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.
Tbilisi is rated Gamma + by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Tbilisi has a population of over 1,178,100 people. Tbilisi also forms part of the wider Tbilisi metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,485,293 people.
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