The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization from Germany working for adult civic education on an international scale. According to our mission, we are committed to promoting the values of liberalism: Individual freedom, democracy, rule of law, and market economy. Tolerance, the full respect to human rights, and a secular state, which respects the religious beliefs of every citizen, are crucial for our understanding of liberalism.
The FNF has been acting in Turkey with partners from civil society, academia, economy and politics since 1991, when we opened our office in Ankara. In 2002, we moved to Istanbul.
Turkey is of crucial importance for Germany, Europe and the transatlantic cooperation due to her history, culture, economy, and geographical location. The country has traditional ties not only to Europe but to the Caucasus, the Middle East and the entire Mediterranean basis. In addition, there are very specific ties to Germany, which became home for millions of German citizens with an ethnic background in Turkey and Turkish citizens working in the country.
We offer liberals and liberal-minded citizens of Turkey our support to jointly promote liberal values in the Turkish society. By this, we strive to contribute to a liberal, democratic and prospering Turkey for all her citizens.
Our activities in Turkey aim at promoting the vital elements of liberalism:
Apart from promoting liberal values, FNF conducts and facilitates the exchange and transfer of knowledge between Germany and Turkey as well as between Turkey and her neighbours in the region.
With our activities, we try to address leaders, decision makers, and activists in
Our main working tools are
In general, our activities aim at increasing the political commitment of the citizen in politics and in society. Thus, all our events are conducted in a participant-oriented manner, as we strongly believe in the capacity of every individual to contribute to the well-being of her/his respective society.