Behind the Scenes: An Introduction to Belarus

Welcome to Belarus, our June Country of the Month!

During June, SCOLA followers can look forward to learning about the language, climate, and cuisine of Belarus, but first we would like to share some information with you about the people who make up this wonderful country. Belarus is a country of many diverse nationalities, and today our provider Marina from Belarus gives us insight into the population of Belarus, its diverse ethnic groups, and the languages you might hear when visiting.

“According to the 2009 census, more than 130 nationalities are represented in the Belarusian territory. Among them the most represented are Belarusians, Russians, Poles, and Ukrainians. Armenians, Tatars, and Lithuanians amount to less than 1%.The number of Turkmen, Chinese, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, and Arabs is increasing.

“Throughout the history of Belarus the majority of rural population were Belarusians, in the northwest of the country there were many Poles, and in the east there were Russians, including the ‘Old Believers’. Nowadays, cities and towns are inhabited with diverse ethnic groups, though Belarusians remain the majority (more than 80%).

“Belarusian and Russian are the official languages ​​in Belarus. Thirty-four percent of Belarusians say they are fluent in Belarusian, about 6% of Belarusians say they use the Belarusian language constantly, and almost 74% speak Russian.”

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The Paprika Ball, The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel’s annual fundraiser, will be held on March 1st, 2014 in Cleveland, OH.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel (CHDP) is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who recognize the need to promote and support educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians.  The mission of the CHDP is to provide assistance and the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, health and human services.  Funds for the work of the CHDP are based primarily on the annual Paprika Ball and private donations.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel’s President, Elizabeth Papp Taylor, writes that from 1990 until July 2013 “the Panel has given over $1,000,000 in assistance and helped promote the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, and health and human services.” Taylor also noted the 2013 Paprika event honoring the Cleveland Orchestra was the third most successful in 23 years. The event raised a net profit of $62,517.57. This year, they need your help to make Paprika even more successful!

Come enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and Hungarian music at Paprika 2014:

Date:  Saturday, March 1, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Theme:  Brilliance of Hungarian Minds

Dress: Black Tie

Ticket Prices:  $200 ($100 tax-deductible) to $500 ($400 tax deductible).  Tables of eight starting at $2.500 ($1,700 tax deductible)

Location:  Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1515 W. 3rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

For more information call  (440) 256-2264 or visit