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Country Web Links

A few of these websites are academic in nature—universities and the like—but most are useful in other ways. They include online versions of leading newspapers, government press agencies, tourist and information bureaus.

Some political and social changes are still taking place in the region, particularly in Southeastern Europe, where Serbia and Montenegro have recently agreed to separate and Bosnia is split into two countries. In addition, some sites are appalling in their nationalistic and ethnic prejudices. We have tried to include, as often as possible, neutral sites, but editors and archive directors change. Though we will review these links on a regular basis and discontinue links to offensive sites, the political views of any website we have linked to do not reflect those of CAS, the University of Minnesota, or any of its employees.

Countries

Austria

General

The Austrian Cultural Forum, New York An agency of the Republic of Austria located in an extraordinary new building in Manhattan, it is a cultural meeting place between Austrians and Americans and it seeks to enhance the appreciation of contemporary Austrian cultural achievements in the United States. It offers cultural projects reflecting the most recent artistic and intellectual trends and relevant perspectives, and it cooperates with cultural Institutes throughout the United States. Devoting its landmark building at 11 East 52nd Street in Manhattan and its website to the theme of "transforming modernity" (cultural developments in view of the impact of the digital world on the arts and culture at large), ACF highlights outstanding Austrian contributions in this regard and connects them with relevant cultural scenes and developments in the United States.

The Austria Press and Information Services homepage, Based in Washington, D.C., this is an English-language digest of news and information (rather like an Austrian "Voice of America"). It also includes links to various Austrian government agencies and organizations. English.

The Austrian tourism homepage for international visitors. German and English.

Böhlau Verlag Wien is a publishing house in Vienna that specializes in history, social sciences, law, linguistics, science, literature, art, and philosophy. German.

Careerjet.at is a website that allows you to search a number of internet sites at once if you are looking for employment in Austria. German only.

Demokratiezentrum Wien. Access to information and debates on current political issues, including EU matters. German.

Gedenkdienst (Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service) is dedicated to teaching about the Holocaust. It offers remarkably broad accessibility: the site can be accessed in fifteen languages, including Czech, Chinese, German, English, Spanish, Ewe (West Africa), French, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, and Slovene.

InfoNet-AUSTRIA is a service that lists information available in Austrian Institutes (government, education, museums, etc.) by topic or theme. German.

Local Life-Vienna. This travel guide offers a lot of information about Vienna. Articles on history and sights as well as information about cafes, bars and restaurants are provided.

Wien Online. Official website of the city of Vienna. It includes streaming video and panoramic views of the city. German and English.

Academics

Austrian American Educational Commission (Austrian Fulbright Commission) Your one-stop site for the many Fulbright Commission-funded opportunities available to American undergraduates, graduate students, and postgraduate researchers in Austria. English.

The Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, und Kultur (Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science, and Culture). German, English, and French, with some information in Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Polish, Serbian, and Turkish available in downloadable PDF files.

Österreichischen Datenbank für Stipendium und Forschungsforderen (Austrian Databank for Scholarships and Research Grants). The Austrian Academic Exchange Service has established an interactive on-line database that provides a comprehensive overview of all scholarships and grants available to non-Austrians to study or pursue research in Austria, and Austrians to study either in Austria or abroad. German and English.

University Departments

Department of Economic and Social History, University of Vienna. German.

Zeitgeschichte Information System, Department of Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck. German and English.

Research Institutes

The Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) An independent institute for advanced study that aims to support and develop the intellectual enterprise of transdisciplinary cultural analysis and the study of culture. Located in Laxenburg, just outside of Vienna, it offers junior, senior, and research fellowships, organizes conferences and lectures, and publishes original research. German and English, although you have to go past the home page to another page—any other page—before the words "switch to English" appear. Then you click on those words and the whole site is magically transformed.

Institut für Höhere Studien (Institute for Advanced Studies) Austria’s premiere postgraduate research and training institute, combines theoretical and empirical research in economics and other social sciences. A private non-profit organization, IHS was founded in 1963 by two prominent Austrians living in exile, the sociologist Paul F. Lazarsfeld and the economist Oskar Morgenstern, with the financial help of the Ford Foundation, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, and the City of Vienna. English.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) A non-governmental research organization located just outside of Vienna. It conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change. English.

Institut für Wissens- und Forschungsvermittlung Wissenschaftsladen Graz, A nonprofit organization facilitating dialogue between scientists and the public. German.

News

Die Presse. The online version of one of Austria’s leading national newspapers. German.

Der Standard. The online version of another one of Austria's leading newspapers. German.

Wiener Zeitung. The online version of one of the oldest, still published newspapers in the world. The Wiener Zeitung is also used by the Austrian Government for formal announcements.

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Although Bosnia-Herzegovina is split into two nearly autonomous administrative regions (Bosniak- and Croat-controlled Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bosnian Serb controlled Republika Srpska), it still actually is one country.

General

Bosnian Institute. Located in the UK, the Bosnian Institute offers a wealth of news and information about all aspects of Bosnia-Herzegovina: its history, government, culture, media, economy, and more. Also features an online version of their journal, Bosnia Report. English.

The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, DC. English.

Governments on the WWW: Bosnia and Herzegovina. Links to federal, provincial, and some local government sites. Many are in both the local languages and English.

Office of the High Representative and EU Representaive for Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The position of High Representative was created under the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Dayton Peace Agreement) of 14 December 1995 to oversee implementation of the civilian aspects of the Peace Agreement. The mission of the High Representative (who is also the European Union’s Special Representative) is to work with the people of BiH and the international community to ensure that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a peaceful, viable state on course to European integration. This site contains documents, press releases, maps, and much other valuable information. English, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian.

Research Institutes

Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina A wholly independent body, governed solely by the principles and interests of science and the independent convictions of its members. It is responsible for the state of science and the arts and their development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian and English.

Croatia

General

The Croatian homepage. Completely redesigned in late 2005, this directory of Croatian Web sites now contains almost 17,000 sites in more than 700 categories—the largest Croatian Web directory. Sites are organized by subject and are in various languages. Site is in Croatian and English.

Croatian Embassy in the United States Press releases, news digest, pictures, general information about Croatia. Some sections under construction as of July, 2006. English and Croatian.

Croatian National Bank. Saturated with financial information, articles, charts, press releases. A must for economists or investors. English, Croatian.

Croatian National Tourist Bureau. Contains general information about Croatia as a tourist destination. Croatian, English, and German.

Embassy of the United States-Zagreb, Croatia. News and information, updated speedily. English, with a few features (e.g., "How to get a US visa") in Croatian as well.

US Library of Congress Portals to the World: Croatia. More than your usual link to sites about Croatia, this includes links to libraries and archives, universities, and its subjects include history, philosophy, science and technology, and more. English.

Arts and Culture

Animafest Zagreb is Europe’s second-oldest festival of animated films, and enjoys an international reputation. Croatian, English.

Zagreb Film Festival. A major cultural event in Croatia, and considered to be one of Europe’s most interesting small festivals. Croatian, English.

Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art. Croatian, English.

Universities

University of Zagreb. Useful information about Croatia’s largest university. Croatian with some pages in English.

Arts Academy - University of Split Contact information for the academy plus information about its programs and research projects. Croatian with some pages in English.

Research Institute

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts is the independent research society of Croatia. It includes great links, including one to scientific research societies around the world and one to Central European University. Mostly Croatian, but some features are in English—you’ll know because the titles are in English.

Czech Republic

General

Czech Center, New York builds dialogue among the Czech Republic and the American public particularly in the areas of culture, business and tourism. The Czech Center NY is primarily focused on presenting the latest and most innovative works of Czech artists to the U.S. The only Czech Center outside of Europe, it is part of a network of 19 Czech Centers abroad administered by the Czech Center headquarters in Prague - a subsidiary of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. English.

Czech Embassy in the United States. English and Czech.

Czech Republic Homepage. Available in Czech, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

Czech Republic FAQ. Harvard-based site introduced in with general information about the Czech Republic and practical tidbits for travelers. English.

Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Ministers, committees, councils and commissions of the Government of the Czech Republic. Czech, English.

Office of the President of the Czech Republic. Useful information about the President and the Presidency. Czech, English—a few press releases are available in Czech only, but it’s a small percentage of the pages.

Czech Parliament (Chamber of Deputies). News and information about the structure, members (including contact information), committees, and information resources, plus official documents (in Czech only). Czech, English, French, German.

Universities

Charles University. Comprehensive website for the Czech Republics leading liberal arts university, one of Europe’s oldest. Czech, with a limited amount of information in English.

Czech Technical University in Prague. Primarily engineering and architecture. English, Czech.

The Masaryk Institute for Advanced Studies is a unit of the Czech Technical University in Prague that specializes in MBAs, MSc in Management of Industrial Companies, and MSc in Human Resources Management. English, Czech.

University of Economics, Prague. Website for the Czech Republic’s business and economics university. Primarily Czech, but over half the information is also available in English.

Research Institutes

Czech Academy of Sciences Archive has a beautiful website in Czech and a thorough website in English.

Czech Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics is a four-university association that conducts research on information science and applied mathematics. Also a member of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics. English.

News

Czech Happenings. Digest of Czech news. Czech, English.

Czech News. Run by Columbia University, this listing of websites pertaining to current events in the Czech Republic conveniently tells the visitor which sites are in Czech and which are in English.

The Prague Post. Prague’s premiere English-language newspaper.

Radio Prague Homepage A high-quality news source featuring live radio broadcasts, articles, pictures, and a great collection of links. Czech, English, German, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Hungary

General

Budapest Open Access Initiative. Learn about how you can help make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet. Sign a petition, learn about ongoing projects, and/or apply for grants. Sponsored by the Soros Foundation. English.

Hungarian Cultural and Information Center. Information and web links. Mostly English, some untranslated Hungarian (e.g., the Mötörhead press release).

Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. English.

Hungarian Homepage. Design for this page is a blast from the past, and a lot of it hasn’t been updated in years. A spot check revealed links that were still current, but we can’t vouch for all of them. English, but most of the sites are in Hungarian.

The Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office. Features links to many other governmental offices. Hungarian, English (latter is somewhat limited).

Hungary.hu is an attractive, up-to-date site for general information about and photographs of Hungary. English, German, Hungarian.

Universities

Central European University. Founded by George Soros, CEU is a US-style graduate university with a focus on the social sciences and the humanities (although it does include a business school), accredited both in the United States and in Hungary, and located in Budapest. English, some Hungarian.

Corvinus University of Budapest. Specializes in business, economics, and public administration. Hungarian, English.

Eötvös Loránd University. Another one of Hungary and Budapest’s prominent universities, this has an international flair—well over half the departments offer degrees (bachelor’s, master’s, in some cases, even Ph.D.) that can be earned taking all classes in English. You could get your doctorate in sociology in Budapest without knowing a word of Hungarian! Hungarian, English.

Research Institutes

Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Academy is a scholarly public body founded on the principle of self-government, whose main task is promoting scholarship in the arts and sciences. Hungarian, English.

The TARKI Social Research Information Center has a 20-year tradition of empirical social science research in Hungary. Its profile includes research on a wide range of issues related to social stratification, labor markets, income distribution, consumption, and lifestyle patterns and attitudes. Its clients include governmental agencies, NGOs, and private firms. Hungarian, English.

News

Budapest Business Journal An excellent business- and economics-oriented paper that is updated daily and features articles and columns on other subjects (e.g., entertainment, politics). Every page starts out in Hungarian, then morphs into English before your eyes. It’s magic—worth a visit just for this.

The Budapest Sun. A lively English language weekly.

Hungarian News Agency (MTI). Provides news summaries for a selection of news stories (somewhat shorter summaries in English) and, to subscribers, a "real time" news service. Hungarian, English.

Montenegro

General

The Government of the Republic of Montenegro. All you need to know about Europe’s newest independent Republic. Montenegrin, English.

The Montenegrin Association of America. General background on the history, culture, and government of Montenegro, as well as Montenegrins in the US. Useful links to other websites. English.

Montenegro.com Information about business, real estate, hotels, car rentals, restaurants. Montenegrin and English.

Universities

University of Montenegro. The only university in this country of 607,000, it boasts faculties in all major subjects—arts, sciences, medicine, law, and more. Montenegrin and English.

News

Montenegro News (MNNews) is a news digest of current events in the country. Montenegrin, English.

Poland

General

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. News and information about Poland, the Embassy, and the regional consulates. Useful links as well. English.

The Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history. Headquartered in New York, with regional offices around the US. English.

The Polish Homepage Official government site with information about news, culture, history, and travel. A wonderful photo gallery as well as great links to a number of sites grouped by subject. English, Polish.

Polish World is a wonderful collection of over 500 links (not including the personal pages). English.

Portals to the World: Poland. A collection of useful links from the US Library of Congress. English.

US Embassy, Warsaw, Poland. An informative site with links to the US Consulate in Krakowl. English, some Polish.

World Bank Group: Poland. News stories and in-depth analysis of the Polish economy. English.

Universities

Jagiellonian University Homepage. A complete guide to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Polish, English (some individual pages not available in English).

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Located in Lublin, the university was founded on October 23rd 1944 as a state university. It was named after the great Polish scientist Maria Curie-Skłodowska. Almost 35 thousand students are currently enrolled on full time, extramural, and evening undergraduate, graduate and teacher training courses provided by ten faculties in 30 different study programs. Virtually everything in Polish, English.

Warsaw School of Economics. Poland’s leading business and economics university. Offers an Executive MBA in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business. Alas, the page that describes that program, though written in English by a University of Minnesota professor and describing a program taught in English, is available only in a Polish translation. Polish and a little English.

Warsaw University Founded in 1816, it is the biggest and most respected university in Poland. With its international focus it offers quality education in the heart of Europe, including some undergraduate and graduate programs taught entirely in English. Polish, a fair amount of English.

Libraries

Polish National Library, Warsaw. Poland’s most comprehensive research and archival library. Polish, English, though as of late July, 2006, the English version was being reconstructed and was not available. Check for updates.

Museums

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. An excellent and thorough official website for this important historical site. Polis, English, German.

Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This museum, to be located in Warsaw across a square from the monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, is currently under construction. But the website isn’t. Learn all about the past, present, and future of what will be one of the great memorials and museums on an elegant and easy to navigate site. Polish, English.

The National Museum in Warsaw features a virtual tour of the museum with historical commentary and images of selected works of art from all its collections. English.

Research Institutes

The Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent body that holds classes, funds research, and publishes scholarly papers and books. Polish, Engish.

News

Obywatel (The Citizen) was established as an extension of the Obywatel Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization. The main goal of the organization's publishing activity is to provide Polish readers with objective yet passionate coverage of contemporary problems facing our civilization. Obywatel’s publications deal mainly with the issues of environmental threats (broadly understood), globalization, and alternative models of economic and social performance following F. Schumacher's dictum "economics as if people mattered." Polish, English, German.

The Warsaw Voice is an English-language Warsaw weekly with features and stories about every aspect of local, national, and international news.

Romania

General

AboutRomania.com is a terrific web portal and a good general information site. Romanian, English.

Government of Romania. Press-language newspaper with excellent online releases and links to all branches of the government. Romanian, English, French.

Romanian Embassy, Washington, D.C. Not the most visually appealing website, but it still has useful information. Romanian and English.

Romania.org is a good intro to Romania, with everything from an explanation of the Romanian constitution to travel advice, sports news, and other useful links. English.

Romanian Cultural Resources. A comprehensive portal to the websites of Romanian arts, humanities, media, education, and other organizations; most of which are in both Romanian and English.

Arts and Culture

Romanian Voice. Romanian cultural site featuring 1,600 Romanian poems in seven languages, downloadable color images and mp3 files of folk, classical, and rock music. Includes information about theatre, pop music, history, and more, an elaborate directory of websites, and more. English.

Universities

Bucharest University Oddly enough, the English version is more modern, attractive, and easy to navigate than the Romanian version. Romanian, English.

Romania Education A listing of virtually all of Romania's institutes of higher learning. English.

News

Nine O’Clock is a daily newspaper covering national and international news, business, sports, culture, weather, and more. English.

Serbia

Serbia and Montenegro recently separated—amicably, we should all note—and these sites, for the most part, strictly Serbian.

General

Beograd is the official website of the city of Belgrade. Serbian (Cyrillic and Latin alphabets), English, German.

Federal Republic of Serbia Homepage. Heavy on the press releases, but information on all branches of government is available here. Serbian (both Cyrillic and Latin alphabets), English, Italian.

National Bank of Serbia. Economic and business information. Serbian (Latin) and English.

Libraries

National Library of Serbia. The National Library of Serbia’s mission is to facilitate knowledge, wisdom, art, memory, and education; to facilitate undisturbed, continuous, widespread access to information and scientific, professional, educational, and cultural contents; and to serve as the most convenient environment and support for discoveries, creativity, research, work, education and entertainment. Serbian (Cyrillic and Latin alphabets), English.

Universities

University of Belgrade Once a place where Milosevic-style nationalism was fed to students, many improvements have come about since 2000. Staring in 2003, reform has been undertaken that will result in the implementation of the Bologna process and incorporation of the university into the European Higher Education Area. The University of Belgrade has played a crucial role in the drafting of the Law on Higher Education, which entered into force on September 10, 2005. Watch this space. Serbian (Cyrillic) and English.

Research Institutues

The Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, an independent NGO, it coordinates and funds research projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences both nationally and in cooperation with scholars and scientists from other countries. Serbian (Cyrillic), English.

News

Beta News Agency. News from Kosova/Kosovo. Serbian (Latin), English, Hungarian, Romani, Albanian.

Kosova Press. News in Albanian, English, and—theoretically—Serbian, Turkish.

The International Radio of Serbia is the only state-run short-wave radio station broadcasting its program to all parts of the world, in thirteen languages—English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Albanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Italian, Hungarian, Chinese and Serbian. The website also gives you the choice of all these languages. Though the site is now Serbian, it appears to include Montenegrin news, though not in Montenegrin.

Slovakia

General

Embassy of the Slovak Republic, Washington, D.C. The site is still under construction (July, 2006), but has great links, a fair amount of information already, and loads of promise for the future. English.

The Slovak Republic Government Office. Information, press releases, photos. Slovak, English (summaries only).

Slovakia.org is a first-stop resource for information about the politics, history, economy, culture, and society of the Republic of Slovakia. English.

Slovensko.com has current information about Slovakian government, economy, news, and lots of articles for travelers. English.

Universities

Comenius University, Bratislava. Information on faculties and programs. Slovak, English.

Research Institutes

Slovak Academy of Sciences. Supported by the government, this body of scholars is independent from the university system. It supports research in the physical, biological, and social sciences, including the arts and literature. The SAS holds conferences and publishes 42 scholarly and professional journals and 11 yearbooks. Site includes links to every Slovakian university. Slovak and English with limited availability—summaries and the more important documents only.

News

Radio Slovakia International. News, culture, history, and streaming web broadcasts. The site appears in six languages; we are uninformed as to the broadcast languages. Slovak, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish.

The Slovak Spectator An excellent English-language weekly news digest.

Slovenia

General

Bank of Slovenia. Solid information for economic and currency gurus. Slovene, English.

The Republic of Slovenia. The official website, with links to all units of the government. Slovene, English.

Universities

University of Ljubljana. Slovenia’s largest (56,000 students, 3,500 faculty members) and oldest university. Good links to other online resources. Slovene, English.

University of Maribor. Primarily a research and teaching institution for economics and business, engineering, biological sciences, and nursing. Slovene, English.

Archives

Archives of the Republic of Slovenia. Material from 1945 on, in both the Socialist and post-Socialist eras. Slovene, English.

The National and University Library in Slovenia serves as the Slovenian National Library (parent library at the national level), the main University Library of Ljubljana University, and the central Slovenian research library. Slovene, English.

Regional Archives Maribor. Holds historical documents for a number of cities and administrative regions in eastern Slovenia and that former part of Styria going back to medieval times. Slovene, English, German.

Arts and Culture

The Museum of Contemporary History, Sloveniaholds all kinds of material relating to post-Habsburg Slovenes, including documents, photographs, and fine art, as well as frequent exhibitions. A wonderful site that operates very instinctively. Just click on the words in the language you want and you’ll be taken to the appropriate and informative page. Slovene, English.

National Museum of Slovenia Both a museum and an archive for pre-WWII documents. Slovene, English.

Research Institutes

The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), is the national institution of sciences and arts. Its members are elected on the basis of their outstanding achievements in the field of sciences and arts. SASA cultivates, encourages, and promotes the development of scientific thought and creativity in the arts. Slovene, English.

News

Media Watch is maintained by the Centre for Media Policy of the Peace Institute in Slovenia. They offer interesting analyses of media content, accessibility, politics, economics, law, and more. They also offer a journal and bilingual books for sale. Slovene, English.

Slovenia Times is a biweekly digest of Slovenian news. English.