Belarusian Language Fonts


Map of Belarus and Quick FactsMore Maps 

Belarusian - Ethnologue

Famous Belarusians - To include Wayne Gretsky!


Search Engine Colossus - Belarus Links to primary Belarusian language search engines and gateways.

A Belarus Miscellany One of best and most diverse portals to sites related to Belarus and Belarusian. 

Virtual Guide to Belarus Excellent resource produced by Belarusian scientists to showcase their nation. Links to just about everything: Statehood, History, Culture, Language, Nature and Geography, Chernobyl, etc.

REESWeb - Search Belarus Do a "search keyword" for "Belarus" in the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies website database. Strong in links throughout Eastern and Central Europe as well as with the NIS. 

Electronic Encyclopedia In Belarusian, links to a variety of resources including language, culture and dictionary sites. Search - Preset for Belarusian The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Belarusian language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Belarusian fonts. (Also included in Language Materials links below.)

Language Materials

Belarusian Writing System Basic introduction ot Belarusian alphabet with addition information and language related links.

BBC Languages across Europe - Belarusian Description of language with list of basic phrases with audio.

Belarusian Alphabets and Transliteration Includes links to Comparison Chart of Belarusian Alphabets and Transliteration to include Library of Congress system of notation. Additional language related links.

Belarusian Language An extensive site with news, articles, dictionaries, downloads, links, a forum, and muc hmore.

Conversational Belarusian By George Stankiewicz. In PDF file format, this is an extensive site with material well beyond its modest title.

Belarusian Music Recordings Listed under Language Materials because, in addition to musical recordings, site includes links the Spoken Word (folk tales) and other non-music sites. Online literature/culture/criticism forum..

Belarusian Language Links Excellent collection of annotated Belarusian language links sorted by rating. Search - Preset for Belarusian The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Belarusian language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Belarusian fonts. (Also included in Language Materials links below.)

Online Dictionaries - Belarusian Although offerings for Belarusian are scant, this site is always being updated with latest resources, so stay tuned.

Vesna - Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, English Dictionary This online dictionary can be used in any of the above languages and will translate between the same languages.

Online Media and News - Belarus About 25 online newspapers in Belarusian and English, including Belarusian Gazeta, Imya, Brestsky Courier, Belarus Now, Minsk News (in English).

Belarusian Media Outlets Extensive listing that includes links to News & Media Agencies, Magazines, Newspapers, Publications, Radio, Television, and Virtual Periodicals. Minsk News (in English).

Yahoo! News - Belarus Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA - Global Foreign Language Portal SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.

History and Culture

Belarus - Encyclopedia Entry From, an detailed overview article on country and culture with links to other WWW sites as well as related brower searches. Excellent starting point for studying country and culture.

Belarusian Writers, Historians, Novelists, Poets, Scholars, and so forth Strangely titled webpage offers a wealth of resources on Belarusian "writers," including writers abroad, with downloadable copies of novels.

Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - Belarus Includes most of the important links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - Belarus Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Country Studies

Belarus - A Country Study Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

BBC News Country Profiles - Belarus Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Belarus Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

International Monetary Fund - Belarus Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group

The World Trade Organization "The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on 

Members and Observers - Belarus (Observer)

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - Belarus "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

World Health Organization - Belarus About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Belarus The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, with 178 member National Societies.

Amnesty International - Belarus Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - Belarus Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. 

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights is a self-governing group of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America, and the Central Asian republics formed from the territories of the former Soviet Union. A primary specific goal is to monitor compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its Follow-up Documents.

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Destinations - Belarus The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Travel Guide to Belarus Just about everything you need to know: Survival Guide, Places to Go, Embassies and Visa, Lodging, Food, Money, etc.

Yahoo Travel Guide - Belarus Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

Professional Organizations and Library Consortia

North American Association of Belarusian Studies (NAABS) NAABS is a non-profit scholarly organization which seeks to promote research, study, and teaching in all aspects of Belarusian studies, including the fields of history, language and linguistics, literature and the arts, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, economics, and international relations. 

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) From About: "The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, scholarly society which is the leading private organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Russia, Central Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe."

Canadian Association of Slavists ~ Canadian Slavonic Papers "The Canadian Association of Slavists is an organization of teachers and scholars in the field of Slavic and related studies in Canada for the purpose of improving and advancing such studies."

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies BASEES, according to its constitution, exists to "advance education for the public benefit in the United Kingdom in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to the former Soviet Union and the countries of Eastern Europe".

Slavic and East European Folklore Association "SEEFA is a non-profit organization devoted to an exchange of knowledge among scholars interested in Slavic and East European folklore. It seeks to promote instruction, to organize panels at national and international conferences, to encourage the preparation of teaching materials and translations, and to foster exchanges, summer programs, and research in Slavic and East European Folklore and related fields such as anthropology, ethnic studies, history, literature, and musicology."

Association for Women in Slavic Studies "The Association of Women in Slavic Studies is a networking resource for people concerned with the problems, status, and achievements of women in the profession. It also attempts to cover research and teaching in women's studies and questions of gender and family life in Central/Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union."

Collaborative Collection Management Project for Russian and East European Studies "We offer: — For researchers in Russian and East European Studies, the only nationwide database on relevant library collections and journal holdings in the UK."

The Belarusian Language Society "The society was founded [in 1989] by the Belarusian Writers' Union, the Ministries of Education and of Culture, the Institutes of Linguistics and of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences, the Belarusian Cultural Fund, the State Committee on the Press, the Belarusian Society of Friendship and Cultural Links with Foreign Countries, and the National State Television and Radio Company." 

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) IREX is the premier US nonprofit organization specializing in higher education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, the Near East, and Asia.

Universities and Centers of Study

Central and Eastern European Education Directory - Belarus Provides links to Arts and Humanities schools and universities in fields of Arts, Belarusian Language & Literature, Culture, Design & Technology, History, Journalism, Law, Music, Pedagogy, Pre-School Education, Philology, etc.

Private and/or For-Profit Post-Secondary Education This section is only a very small beginning to listing the post-secondary, non-governmental educational institutions and resources available in Belarus. In Minsk alone, there are approximately one-dozen private universities, some of which have branch campuses in other parts of Belarus. Some of these institutions, are quite small.

State-Supported, Post-Secondary Education and Research Includes links to websites and email addresses of most post-secondary educational and research institutions in Belarus.