|c. 4.3 — 5 million|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Georgian (including Mingrelian and Svan), Russian (about 10% of the population)|
|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. In diaspora (Chveneburis, Saingilo and Fereydanians) mainly Islam
|Related ethnic groups|
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.
References[change | change source]
- Ethnologue: Georgian
- Central Intelligence Agency of United States (May 17, 2011). "CIA World Factbook:Georgia". The World Factbook (CIA). Retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Russian Census 2002: Population by ethnicity(in Russian)
- Ethnic Groups of Israel
- Ukrainian Census 2001
- 2001 Greek census
- "Azerbaijan Census 1999". Archived from the original on 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
- "Kazakhstan Census 2009". Archived from the original on 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
- CIA — The World Factbook — Georgia — People — Religions — 2002 Census