Shida Kartli

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Shida Kartli
შიდა ქართლი
Mkhare (region)
Location of Shida Kartli
Country  Georgia
Seat Gori
Subdivisions 1 city, 5 municipalities
Government
 • Governor Andro Barnovi
Area
 • Total 6,200 km2 (2,400 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 314,000
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code GE-SK

Shida Kartli (Georgian: შიდა ქართლი) is a region (Mkhare) in Georgia. It consists of the following districts: Gori, Kaspi, Kareli, Java, Khashuri; and one city, Tskhinvali.

The northern part of the region, namely Java, and northern territories of Kareli and Gori, (total area of 1,393 km²) has been controlled by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia since 1992.

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Coordinates: 42°11′N 44°00′E / 42.183°N 44.000°E / 42.183; 44.000