Abkhaz language

Northwest Caucasian language native to northwestern Georgia
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Abkhaz is a Northwest Caucasian language spoken mostly in Abkhazia (Georgia) and Turkey. It is the official language of Georgia's Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, where around 100,000 people speak it.

Abkhaz Language
Аҧсуа бызшәа; аҧсшәа
Apsua byzshwa; apsshwa
Native toAbkhazia and Abkhaz diaspora
Native speakers
190,110 (2014-2015)[1]
Cyrillic (Abkhaz alphabet) Historically: Latin, Georgian
Official status
Official language in
Republic of Abkhazia;[a] Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia
Language codes
ISO 639-1ab Abkhazian
ISO 639-2abk Abkhazian
ISO 639-3abk Abkhazian
Glottologabkh1244  Abkhazian


  1. "Abkhaz". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-05-03.


  1. Abkhazia is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Abkhazia and Georgia. The Republic of Abkhazia unilaterally declared independence on 23 July 1992, but Georgia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Abkhazia has received formal recognition as an independent state from 7 out of 193 United Nations member states, 2 of which have subsequently withdrawn their recognition.