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Аҧсуа бызшәа; аҧсшәа
Apsua byzshwa; apsshwa
|Native to||Abkhazia and Abkhaz diaspora|
|Native speakers||190,110 (2014-2015)|
|Writing system||Cyrillic (Abkhaz alphabet) Historically: Latin, Georgian|
|Official language in||Republic of Abkhazia;[a] Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia|
|ISO 639-3||abk Abkhazian|
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.
- 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formal recognition as an independent state from 7 out of 193 United Nations member states, 2 of which have subsequently withdrawn their recognition.