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Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti (Georgian: სამეგრელო-ზემო სვანეთი) is a region (Mkhare) in western Georgia which includes the historical Georgian provinces of Samegrelo (Mingrelia) and Zemo Svaneti (i.e., Upper Svaneti) and has Zugdidi as its capital.

Subdivisions

Map Municipality
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City of Poti
Abasha Municipality
Zugdidi Municipality
Martvili Municipality
Mestia Municipality
Senaki Municipality
Chkhorotsku Municipality
Tsalenjikha Municipality
Khobi Municipality

Geography

Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti is traversed by two sections of the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.

Demographic

Ethnic Groups

According to the Georgian census of 2002, 98,9% of the population is Georgian and 0,9% is Russian. Other ethnic groups live in the region, including : Ukrainians, Armenians, Abkhazians and Greeks

Languages

Georgian is spoke by the entire population of the region and by the ethnic minorities like Russians and others. Mingrelian is a Kartvelian language spoke by the Mingrels, a sub-group of Georgian people and native to Mingrelia. Svan is also a Kartvelian language, spoke by the Svans, a sub-group of Georgian people and native to Svaneti.

Religion

99,2% of the population identifies as Orthodox Christians. Islam is also practiced by 1015 inhabitants. A little minority of Armenian Christians exist.

General Informations

The area of the region is 7441 km.sq, the population is 330 thousands. The administrative center is Zugdidi. In the region, there are 500 populated areas, including :

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Coordinates: 42°30′N 41°51′E / 42.5°N 41.85°E / 42.5; 41.85