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Draugas building in Chicago, Illinois
Type currently thrice-weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Publisher Lithuanian Catholic Press Society
Editor-in-chief Ramunė Lapas
Founded 1909
Language Lithuanian
Headquarters 4545 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60629
United States
Sister newspapers Draugas News
Website draugas.org

Draugas (English: Friend) is the only Lithuanian daily newspaper published abroad. Until 2011, the newspaper was published five days a week, except Sundays and Mondays. It is currently published three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It is read not only in the United States, but in Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe as well.


Draugas is the oldest continuously published Lithuanian language newspaper anywhere in the world.[1][2]

Founded as a weekly Roman Catholic paper, Draugas published its first edition on July 25, 1909, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. On March 31, 1916, it was relocated to Chicago, Illinois, and since then has been published daily, except Mondays and Sundays, until 2011 when publication was reduced to three days per week. Its current building is owned by the Marian Fathers (Lith.: Marijonų vienuoliai).[3]

During the Soviet occupation of Lithuania up to now, the newspaper was and still remains the backbone of the Lithuanian diaspora.

Currently, Draugas is published by the Lithuanian Catholic Press Society in Chicago, Illinois. Draugas contains twelve pages of news and public interest articles on political, religious, cultural, social, economic, sports, and other public interest themes, often on Lithuanian-related topics, and announcements, and paid advertising. The Tuesday issue is twelve pages, the Thursday issue is sixteen pages, and the Saturday issue is twenty-four pages, which includes a weekly eight-page supplement Kultūra meaning Culture and subtitled Menas Literatūra Mokslas meaning Art Literature Science.[4]

Numerous Lithuanian books are also available from Draugas.[5] Draugas used to print in-house at its headquarters, but now outsources printing.

Draugas celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.[6] In November 2013, the publisher of Draugas also started publishing Draugas News, a monthly newspaper on Lithuanian topics written in the English language which is available by separate subscription.


Such prominent Lithuanian émigré writers and public figures as Aloyzas Baronas, Kazys Bradūnas, Česlovas Grincevičius, Bronius Kviklys, Rev. Vaclovas Bagdanavičius, Aušrelė Liulevičienė, Kazys Pakštas, Rev. Juozas Prunskis, Leonardas Šimutis, and others worked on the editorial staff.

The current chief editor of the newspaper is Ramunė Lapas. The coordinator of the Saturday Kultūra supplement is Renata Šerelytė. The layout artist is Jonas Kuprys. The coordinator of Draugas News is Vida Kuprytė.


  1. ^ Draugas, The Lithuanian World-Wide Daily Newspaper, 1909–2009. A Brief Historical Overview Lituanus Volume 55, No.4 - Winter 2009, by Danguolė Kviklys
  2. ^ Draugas website Home page
  3. ^ Amerikos Lietuvis - Negi vietoj „Draugo“ išdygs „Pete`s Market“? Archived May 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Draugas website Home page
  5. ^ DRAUGAS Knygynėlis
  6. ^ Draugas, The Lithuanian World-Wide Daily Newspaper, 1909–2009. A Brief Historical Overview Lituanus Volume 55, No.4 - Winter 2009, by Danguolė Kviklys

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