Alternative name(s): Abchasisch (nl), abchasiska (sv)

Language family: Caucasian

Language Group: West Caucasian

Geaographical use: Abkhazia (West Georgia)

Information: Abkhazian has only two vowels - no other language has less vowels. During Stalin's rule Abkhazia was incorporated into Georgia and education in the Abkhazian language was forbidden. The Georgian language was introduced instead. After the Soviet collapse, the Abkhazians pronounced themselves independent from Georgia, a fact confirmed by the defeat of Georgian troops in September 1993.
Abkhazian is written in a modified Cyrillic alphabet (developed in 1862) and is currently spoken by around 90,000 people.