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Today, VOA broadcasts in over 40 languages to audiences around the world.

Today, VOA broadcasts in more than 40 languages to audiences around the world.


LanguageYears Broadcast
Afan Oromo*1996 to present
Afrikaans1942 to 1949
Albanian*1943 to 1945; 1951 to present
Amharic*1982 to present
Amoy1941 to 1945; 1951 to 1963
AnnameseSee "Vietnamese"
Arabic 1942 to 1945; 1950 to 2002; currently a sister broadcaster, MBN
Armenian*1951 to present
Azerbaijani*1951 to 1953; 1982 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
Bangla*1958 to present
Bosnian*1996 to present
Bulgarian1942 to 2004
Burmese*1943 to 1945; 1951 to present
Byelorussian1956 to 1957


LanguageYears Broadcast
CambodianSee "Khmer"
Cantonese*1941 to 1945; 1949 to 1963; 1987 to present
ChineseSee "Cantonese" and "Mandarin"
Creole*1987 to present
Croatian*1943 to 2011
Czech1942 to 2004


LanguageYears Broadcast
Danish1942 to 1945
Dari*1980 to present
Dutch1944 to 1945


LanguageYears Broadcast
English*1942 to present
Estonian1951 to 2004


LanguageYears Broadcast
FarsiSee "Persian"
Finnish1942 to 1945; 1951 to 1953
Flemish1942 to 1945
French (to Africa)*1960 to present
French (to France)1942 to 1961


LanguageYears Broadcast
Georgian*1951 to present
German1942 to 1960; 1991 to 1993
Greek**1942 to 2014
Gujarati1956 to 1958


LanguageYears Broadcast
Hakka1951 to 1954
Hausa*1979 to present
Hebrew1951 to 1953
Hindi1951 to 1953; 1954 to 2010
Hungarian1942 to 2004


LanguageYears Broadcast
Indonesian*1942 to present
Italian1942 to 1945; 1951 to 1957


LanguageYears Broadcast
Japanese1942 to 1945; 1951 to 1962
JavaneseSee "Indonesian"


LanguageYears Broadcast
Khmer*1955 to 1957; 1962 to present
Kirundi*1996 to present
Kinyarwanda*1996 to present
Korean*1942 to present
Kurdish*1992 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
Lao*1962 to present
Latvian1951 to 2004
Lithuanian1951 to 2004


LanguageYears Broadcast
Malayan1951 to 1955
Malayalam1956 to 1961
Mandarin*1941 to present
Macedonian*1999 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
Ndebele*2003 to present
Nepali1992 to 1993
Norwegian1942 to 1945


LanguageYears Broadcast
Pashto*1982 to present
Persian*1942 to 1945; 1949 to 1960; 1964 to 1966 (radio feed service); 1979 to present
Polish1942 to 2004
Portuguese (to Africa)*1976 to present
Portuguese (to Latin America)1941 to 1945; 1946 to 1948 (contracted private radio stations to produce and transmit programs to Latin America); 1961 to 2001
Portuguese (to Portugal)1942 to 1945; 1951 to 1953; 1976 to 1987; 1987 to 1993 (VOA produced programs for placement on local radio stations)


LanguageYears Broadcast
Romanian1942 to 2004
Russian*1947 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
Serbian*1943 to present
Shanghai (Wu)1944 to 1946
Shona*2003 to present
Slovak1942 to 2004
Slovene1944 to end of World War II; 1949 to 2004
Somali*1992 to 1994; 2007 to present
Spanish (to Latin America)*1941 to 1945; 1946 to 1948; 1953 to 1956 (VOA contracted private radio stations to produce and transmit programs for Latin America); 1960 to present
Spanish (Radio Martí)1985 to present (sister broadcaster)
Spanish (TV Martí)1990 to present (sister broadcaster)
Spanish (to Spain)1942 to 1955; 1955 to 1993 (VOA provided placement programming for local Spanish radio stations)
Swahili*1962 to present
Swatow1951 to 1953
Swedish1943 to 1945


LanguageYears Broadcast
Tagalog1941 to 1946
Tamil1954 to 1970
Tatar1951 to 1953
Telegu1956 to 1958
Thai**1942 to 1958; 1962 to 1988; 1988 to present
Tibetan*During 1950s on VOA Mandarin broadcasts; 1991 to present
Tigrigna*1996 to present
Turkish*1942 to 1945; 1948 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
Ukrainian*1949 to present
Urdu*1951 to 1953; 1954 to present
Uzbek*1958; 1972 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
Vietnamese*1943 to 1946; 1951 to present


LanguageYears Broadcast
WuSee "Shanghai"

* indicates a language currently on VOA's broadcast schedule.

** indicates a VOA feed service, providing VOA-produced programming to local AM and FM radio stations.