The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. Our South Korea project is focused on forward-looking topics such as smart cities and the 4th industrial revolution. The North Korea project organizes capacity-building programs in environmental planning and water management. We work 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.
Making Cities Smarter and Safer: Lessons from Korea and Japan
The Joint Symposium "Making Cities Smarter and Safer: Lessons from Korea and Japan", held in Seoul on November 2nd, 2023, brought together experts from Korea and Japan to delve into the complexities of smart city data governance. Through insightful presentations and lively discussions, the symposium provided a unique platform for knowledge exchange, highlighting the shared journey towards creating smarter and safer urban environments.
“Men earn respect much more easily”
Women face tough challenges in Korea’s business world. Start-up Entrepreneur Ara Goh, a partner of FNF Korea, is aiming for a change. Freiheit.org speaks with her about chauvinistic investors, Korea’s MeToo Movement and why she believes in Korea’s female leaders.
German-Korean Youth Talk: What Unification Means to Me
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the German-Korean Youth Network jointly organized a Youth Talk on unification, fostering engaging discussions between Korean and German youth. The event, featuring special speaker Martin Dulig, facilitated a dialogue on personal experiences and perspectives on unification, fostering connections for continued exchange between German and Korean youth.
Europe must unite in the face of global challenges
The Reshape Europe Conference of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom on 10 October 2023 set a milestone in the global dialogue on the question: How can Europe become more resilient and sovereign to stand up to autocratic governments? Together with international experts, the Foundation discussed the challenges of the new era in terms of economy, security, energy and the liberal values of democracy.
Lecture series: Korean Peninsula and International Relations
On October 5, 2023, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in collaboration with Chung Ang University's academic exchange club, "Research Group on Korea’s Future" (Han Mi Yeon), held its inaugural lecture in the "Korean Peninsula and International Relations" series.
Green Smart City Busan Forum: Happy Smart Cities with Citizen Participation
The 3rd forum of the quarterly '2023 Green Smart City Busan Forum' recently took place on the 22nd of September, 2023 at Busan Culture Content Complex. The event, co-organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Korea office (FNF Korea), Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIPA) and Busan Development Institute (BDI), proved to be a significant gathering for smart city enthusiasts.
Unification for Young Koreans? – Ideas and Lessons from German experiences
In celebration of 140 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Germany, a joint seminar was held, co-organized by the Korean National University of Education (KNUE) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Korea office (FNF Korea). The seminar aimed to create an opportunity for young Koreans, living in a divided nation over 70 years after the Korean War, to engage with their German peers, who had experienced living in a re-unified Germany.