500,000 (1989 B. Hewitt).
Abkhazia region: Ochamchira and Gali municipalities; Guria region: Lanchkhuti municipality; Imereti region: Samtredia and Tsqaltubo municipalities; Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region: Tsageri municipality; Samegrelo-Zemo Svateni region: southern half; all in west lowlands.
None known. Officially considered a single language with Laz [lzz] called Zan, but linguists recognize they are not inherently mutually intelligible.
Younger generation uses the language less (Salminen 2007). Also use Georgian [kat].
Georgian (Mkhedruli) script [Geor].