Nordiska Folkhögskolrådet (NFR)

Nordic Folk High School Council

Associate Member

Mr Jyrki Ijäs (Secretary General)

Annegatan 12 A 18

00120 Helsingfors, Finland

jyrki.ijas (at)

Mission statement

The Nordic Folk High Schools have a long tradition of cooperation. Within the Nordic framework, the Council, founded in 1956, works for the Folk High School ideology, pedagogical practice and experiments and exchange of ideas. Through it's members - the National Folk High School Associations in the Nordic countries - NFR will form a joint frame-work and umbrella for more than 400 Folk High Schools.

Main activities

The Nordic Folk High School Council also works for giving the Nordic folk high school ideology a profile in the European and a global context. The Council holds several meetings yearly and it also arranges Nordic conferences and projects.

International projects

Resent NFR international projects have been arranged by support from the Nordic Council of Ministries Nordplus -funding. Following publications present the result from last three international NFR-projects:


Att udbilda världsmedborgare! (2011) (transl. "How to train global citizens")
Nordic folk high school teachers inspire educational work on sustainable development and global citizenship

Långt borta och nära (2008) (transl. "Far away and near")
Magazine about citizenship, sustainable development, cultural understanding and democracy development

The Right To Knowledge and Development - Liberal Education in a Global Context (2004)
Nordic Folk High School Council International Conference
Uhuru Conference and Tourism Centre, Moshi, Tanzania

Photo: Johannes Jansson/