About Us :

The Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung For Freedom (FNF) is a German political foundation. In Germany and in 60 countries around the world, FNF and its partners promote freedom, liberalism, democracy, human rights, pluralism, tolerance, curbing climate change, an open and digital society, social market economy, and the rule of law. We are a non-profit organization that focuses on civic education.

FNF has close ties to Germany´s Free Democratic Party (FDP). FNF was founded in 1958 by Germany's President Theodor Heuss. We are funded by Germany´s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Our headquarter is in Potsdam, Germany, just outside Berlin. We advise decision makers, facilitate dialogue, hold conferences, fund publications and invite people around the world to attend seminars and other events in Germany.

Abroad, we work with government institutions, NGOs, academia, political parties, researchers, students, journalists, activists, start-ups and artists who share our values and want to join us in promoting freedom. We work collaboratively and seek long-term partnerships, highlighting the importance of individual freedom and strong democratic institutions. FNF promotes economic freedom and free trade. We want businesses to respect human rights. We highly value privacy and data protection. FNF promotes curbing climate change by utilizing technological advances, for example in the context of smart cities.

We opened our Seoul office in 1987. The main topics of our work in the Republic of Korea are local autonomy and market economy, as well as regional security focusing on the Korean peninsula. We support the empowerment of local government, in cooperation with the Center for Local Autonomy (CLA), a research institute at the Hanyang University. As for the regional security issue we closely work with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES) of Kyungnam University and the Jeju Peace Institute (JPI), a working entity of the International Peace Foundation.

Furthermore, we promote dialogue between the two Koreas by bringing in the very unique German experience of national unification and European integration. Since 2002 we have been supporting the economic modernization and development within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Our programs are aimed at transferring knowledge of the functioning of market economy, city management and renewable energy.