Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti

Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti
რაჭა-ლეჩხუმი და ქვემო სვანეთი
Mkhare (region)

The overlapping borders of the de jure Racha-Lechkhumi region and the de facto Republic of South Ossetia
Country  Georgia
Seat Ambrolauri
Subdivisions 4 municipalities
  Governor David Gagoshidze
  Total 4,990 km2 (1,930 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)
  Total 31,927
  Density 6.4/km2 (17/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code GE-RL

Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (Georgian: რაჭა-ლეჩხუმი და ქვემო სვანეთი, Raç̇a-Leçxumi da Kvemo Svaneti) is a region (Mkhare) in northwestern Georgia which includes the historical provinces of Racha, Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti (i.e., Lower Svaneti). It covers an area of 4,954 km² and has a population of 31,927 (2014 census), but nominally also a section of northwest South Ossetia, over which Georgia has no jurisdiction and control. It is the most sparsely populated region in the country. The capital is Ambrolauri.

The region comprises four municipalities:


Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude. The easternmost part is controlled by South Ossetia.

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Coordinates: 42°38′N 43°08′E / 42.633°N 43.133°E / 42.633; 43.133

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