20,000 in Turkey (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 22,000. Ethnic population: 92,000 in Turkey (1980).
Northeast, Rize, Kemer, Atin, Artasen, Vitse, Arkab, Hopa, and Sarp; Artvin, Sakarya, Kocaeli, and Bolu provinces. Also in Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, United States.
Officially considered a single language with Mingrelian [xmf], called, Zan, although not mutually inherently intelligible.