Georgian people

Georgians
ქართველები
Kartvelebi
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Total population
c. 4.3[1] — 5 million
Regions with significant populations
23x15px Georgia 3,956,000[2]
23x15px Russia198,944[3]
European Unionborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge European Union European Union250,000[source?]
23x15px United States200,000[source?]
23x15px Israel72,000[4]
23x15px Turkey91,500[1]
23x15px Ukraine34,199[5]
23x15px Greece23,159[6]
23x15px Brazil20,750[source?]
23x15px Azerbaijan14,900[7]
23x15px Japan14,000
23x15px Italy12,670
23x15px Kazakhstan4,990[8]
23x15px Singapore3,500
23x15px France2,500
23x15px Canada2,500
23x15px Armenia1,105
23x15px Argentina1,050
23x15px Mexico1,000
23x15px United Kingdom3500
Languages
Georgian (including Mingrelian and Svan), Russian (about 10% of the population)[2]
Religion
Predominantly Eastern Orthodox Christianity
(Georgian Orthodox Church) (83.9%)

also some Georgiano-Latin, Greek, and Armenian rites of the Roman Catholic Church (0.8%). Muslim minority (9.9%), chiefly Sunnis of the Hanafi school.[9] In diaspora (Chveneburis, Saingilo and Fereydanians) mainly Islam
Related ethnic groups
Laz

The Georgians are a Caucasian ethnic group that come from Georgia. Large Georgian communities are also present throughout Russia, European Union, United States, and South America.

The majority of Georgians are Eastern Orthodox Christian. They mostly go by the national autocephalous Georgian Orthodox Church, which started in the 4th century. There are also Georgian Catholic and Muslim communities in Tbilisi and Adjara. Located in Caucasus at the edge of Europe, the Georgian people have tried to keep their Christian identity. There is a lot of pressure from the neighboring Muslim empires.

The Georgian language is the official language of the country.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ethnologue: Georgian
  2. 2.0 2.1 Central Intelligence Agency of United States (May 17, 2011). "CIA World Factbook:Georgia". The World Factbook (CIA). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
  3. Russian Census 2002: Population by ethnicity(Russian)
  4. Ethnic Groups of Israel
  5. Ukrainian Census 2001
  6. 2001 Greek census
  7. Azerbaijan Census 1999
  8. Kazakhstan Census 2009
  9. CIA — The World Factbook — Georgia — People — Religions — 2002 Census