Abkhazia profile

Coast around Sukhumi The Black Sea resort of Sukhumi was a favoured holiday spot for the Soviet elite
  • Territory: Abkhazia
  • Status: Break-away region of Georgia. Declared independence 1999. Not recognized internationally.
  • Population: (1991) 550,000 (2003) approximately 250,000
  • Capital: Sukhumi
  • Major languages: Abkhaz, Russian
  • Currency: Rouble
  • Major religions: Christianity, Islam
  • Natural resources: Agricultural, primarily citrus fruit, tobacco, tea, timber; some coal, hydro-electric power

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