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Karelian Electoral Commission refuses to use Karelian and Veps languages

On the eve of the presidential elections in the Russian Federation on 19 March, the initiative group 'Karelian language to be given official status' wrote an open letter to the local electoral commission proposing that the ballot papers be in Karelian and Veps.

15.02.2024

Karelian Language Day celebrated in Karelia

On this day in 2009, the President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen, adopted a decision to grant Karelian the status of a minority …

29.11.2023

University of Eastern Finland leads programme to revive Karelian

The Karelian language revitalisation project has received funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland to continue the programme.

07.09.2023

Finnish town Kuhmo selected as Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2023

This marks the first time that the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture will be located in Finland. Kuhmo expects the title to boost cultural tourism in the region and to support the preservation and revitalization of languages and cultural heritage across the wider Finno-Ugric world.

29.01.2022

Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture 2023 Competition Begins

Thematic focus of the competition continues to be the upcoming International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032. Winner of the competition will be announced on January 14, 2022, in Otepää (Estonia).

12.10.2021

'Quite incredible': demand for Indigenous literature goes global

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Indigenous literature has been one of the top-performing categories for local booksellers in 2019, and international publishers are noticing a similar …

25.11.2019

Life, death and preserving tradition on an Estonian island of only a few hundred people

Photographer Jeremie Jung’s “Kihnu, the Estonian Isle of Traditions” is a photo documentary project about an island inhabited by only 500 people in the Baltic …

04.11.2019

Minister of Culture sent greetings to Finnish and Hungarian ministers on Finno-Ugric Day

The ongoing Estonian Finno-Ugrian Days 2019 are dedicated to the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages.

19.10.2019

Non-Russian Languages Being Pushed Out of Schools in Five Middle Volga Republics

WINDOW ON EURASIA: Since the adoption of a Russian law making the study of non-Russian languages in the republics voluntary, 7×7 blogger Nail Gyylman says …

18.09.2019

Finno-Ugrian Days 2019 are dedicated to indigenous languages

The Finno-Ugrian Days 2019 are dedicated to the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages. Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken around the world, 2,680 …

17.09.2019

Self-Immolation Highlights Controversy over Cultural Rights in Russia

A national debate on minority cultural rights is the backdrop to the death of an academic in the Russian republic of Udmurtia. Published in openDemocracy Damelya …

12.09.2019

Udmurt Language Activist Mourned In Russia After Self-Immolation Protest

An academic in central Russia died Tuesday after setting himself on fire over what has been reported as an act of protest over perceived government …

12.09.2019