The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. The Seoul office was established in 1987, and there have been activities in the North since 2004. FNF has built a strong relationship with Korea. The FNF Korea team works with the Center for Local Autonomy, Hanyang University (CLA), Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute (KLID), and many other local partners. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
FNF South Korea Seminar on Smart City: Now and the Future
Smart City is no longer just a futuristic buzzword for 2022, but a real and tangible solution for rapid urbanization; as demonstrated by the seminar held by FNF South Korea and POSCO TJ Park Foundation on the 30th of March. Aligned with the importance of technology, this Hybrid Event was conducted in Korean with simultaneous translation in English.
The ICBM Test is a demonstration of North Korean power
North Korea has tested an Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) for the first time since 2017. The missile was fired from a Transport Erector Launcher. Missile experts state that it was the biggest TEL-fired ICBM missile in the world, with the capacity to reach vast parts of the US. FNF North Korea expert Tim Brose says that this week´s ICBM test displays accelerated improvements of North Korean military capabilities.
Register for the 1st Episode of Innovation for Democracy Café!
In 2022 we are launching the “Innovation for Democracy Café“! In a series of digital events, we will showcase best practices of civil society: how to make use of digital technology or innovative approaches to foster freedom, democracy, and human rights.
Narrow presidential election victory for conservative political newcomer
Election thriller in South Korea´s presidential election: Just 0.73 percent of the vote decided victory and defeat. With 48.56 percent of the vote, the candidate of the conservative People Power Party, Yoon Suk-yeol, won the election. He will be South Korea´s next president.
Unification Academy 2021
In the autumn semester 2021 the „Unification Academy“ at Korea University took place for the first time. This semester-long class is a joint project by the Tübingen Center for Korean Studies (TUCKU), the faculty of Liberal Arts of Korea University and FNF Korea.
Living Lab Forum on Citizen-Driven Innovation for More Sustainable Cities
The 2nd living lab forum on citizen-driven innovation for more sustainable cities took place on the 7th of December at 3 pm at the Ryse Hotel in Seoul. The forum sheds light on Living Labs, citizens-driven initiatives that contribute to the sustainability of cities.
EU and its Liberal Values in Political Economy: Implications for EU-South Korea Relations
On the 26th of November, FNF Korea and the Korean Society of contemporary European Studies (KSCES) held a round table seminar at the Koreana Hotel in Seoul.