Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

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Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

სამეგრელო-ზემო სვანეთი
Mkhare (region)
Location of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti
Country Georgia
Subdivisions1 city, 7 municipalities
 • GovernorAlexander Motserelia
 • Total7,520 km2 (2,900 sq mi)
 • Total311,113
 • Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeGE-SZ
HDI (2017)0.757[1]
high · 5th

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.


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


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


Ethnic groups[edit]

According to the Georgian census of 2014, 99.37% of the population is Georgian and 0.35% is Russian. Other ethnic groups live in the region, including Ukrainians, Armenians, Abkhazians and Greeks.


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


About 99% of the population identifies as Orthodox Christians. A little minority of Armenian Christians and Roman Catholics also exist.

General information[edit]

The area of the region is 7,441 km2 (2,873 sq mi), the population is 330,761. The administrative center is Zugdidi. In the region, there are 500 populated areas, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.

External links[edit]

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