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16th - 18th November 2006
HUSUM, North Frisia
In 2003 the Friisk Foriining (Frisian Society)
celebrated its 80th anniversary. Founded under the
name of “Friesisch-Schleswiger Verein” in the year
1923, the society has always considered the Frisian
language and culture as independent and therefore
on equal terms with the other languages and cul
tural groups within the German-Danish border area.
The society’s main objective is to maintain and to
develop the Frisian language and the Frisian
identity.

The Friisk Foriining has about 600 members. The
Friisk Foriining regards the Frisians as being a
people in their own right and an ethnic-autoch-
thonous minority within Germany, comparable to
the Sorbs in Lusatia. The most important objective
is to protect and to promote the Frisian language
and culture.

In cooperation with the Frisian youth organization
“Rökefloose” (“flock of ravens”, www.roekefloose.de)
the Foriining arranges events for young people and
leisure activities, among other things. During these
arrangements Frisian is spoken. In the area of
school education, the Friisk Foriining cooperates
with the Dansk Skoleforening (Danish School
Association of the Danish minority in Southern
Schleswig). The Skoleforening offers Frisian les-
sons in some of its schools and, furthermore, runs
the only school in which classes are conducted in
Frisian on an equal footing with Danish and German
(www.risumskole.de). The Foriining also arranges
tours to other language minorities in Europe and
offers a so-called “Friisk Harfsthuuchschölj” for
individuals and families every year.

The Friisk Foriining works close together with the
“Ferian för en Nuardfresk Radio” (“Frisian Radio
Association”, www.ffnr.de) in order to support Frisian
media and film activities. The radio association and
the “Rökefloose” are both members of the Friisk
Foriining. In the “Staasönj fersoomlingshüs”
(“Stedesand meeting-place”) a radio station has
been established, the “Stuudio Friislon”, which is on
air with its Frisian web radio (www.nfradio.de) every
Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. The programme can also
be heard via the independent radio station “Offener
Kanal Westküste”.