Western Varkana

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Western Varkana
დასავლეთ საქართველოში
dasavlet’ sak’art’veloshi
—  Region  —
Area
 • Total 57,750 km2 (22,300 sq mi)
Population (June 1st, 2016)
 • Total 6,541,559
 • Density 113.27/km2 (293.4/sq mi)
Time zone VST (TUC+0)

Western Varkana is a geographical area of Varkana. The region encompasses eighteen communes centered around Lake Paravani. In official census count on June 1st 2016 by the Varkan Government, the population was 6,541,559 amounting to approximately 18% of the total population of Varkana.

Geography

Economy

Firmly grounded in the knowledge economy, Western Varkana has one of the highest growth rate of gross domestic product (GDP) in Varkana. The knowledge sector represents about one third of its GDP. Western Varkana is experiencing faster growth of its R&D spending than other Varkan regions. Approximately 850,000 Westerners work in the field of science and technology. Western Varkana is also a major player in several leading-edge industries including aerospace, information technologies and software and multimedia. Western Varkana is one of Northern Illypnia's leading high-tech player. This vast sector encompassing approximately 6,500 businesses and employ more than 130,000 people.

Approximately 160,000 Westerners are currently working in different field of information technology. Approximately 52% of Varkan companies in these sectors are based in Western Varkana, mainly in Kaspi, Terjola and Agara. There are currently approximately a hundred telecommunications companies established in the region such as Televar. About 50,000 people currently work in computer software development. The multimedia sector is also dominated by Western Varkana. It is the second largest aluminium producing region of the country after Eastern Varkana and the largest producing region for fruits and vegetables.

Politics

Western Varkana has historically been a communist stronghold and nowadays maintains strong left-leaning politics with strong support for the New Anticapitalist Party, the Socialist Party and the Communist Party, with all of these parties having senators from the region.