Long Term Projects

The project "Status of freedom of expression in Norway – the Fritt Ord Foundation's Monitor Project", is being headed by the Institute for Social Research on commission for the Fritt Ord Foundation. The current partner is the Department of Media and Communication (IMK) at the University of Oslo. Former partners include Fafo, TNS Gallup and lawyer Jon Wessel-Aas.

Webpage: ytringsfrihet.no
(Former webpage: www.statusytringsfrihet.no)

​For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the demanding situation currently being experienced by the media and thereby by the public sphere as a whole, we aspire to do even more to support and promote high-quality journalism in several fields.

The programme 'Quality Journalism in a New Era' ran from 2015 to 2017, awarding 10 million NOK annually.

The programme 'Norwegian Journalism' will run from 2017 to 2020, and award 25 million NOK annually.

The Norwegian Journal of Photography was established in 2011 to serve as an arena where independent photographers who work in the interface between traditional press photography on the one hand and art photography on the other will be able to present the full scope of their projects. NJP brings together and supports selected Norwegian photographic documentary projects, and the first edition of the book was launched in February 2013.


In collaboration with a number of Norwegian universities and university colleges, the Fritt Ord Foundation calls for applications for grants for students who are working on master's theses and documentary films in fields such as human rights, journalism, freedom of expression and democracy building. The call for applications is located on the websites of the respective institutions, but feel free to contact Fritt Ord for more information about the grant applicable to you.

Applications should be sent directly to the relevant faculties. Application deadlines vary, but are often set for sometime during the month of October.

The Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for upper secondary school is an annual competition that invites pupils to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy. A special topic is highlighted each year, and participants' entries can be submitted either in the form of a text or a media production. The Fritt Ord Foundation organises seminars for teachers and offers school visits and supervision for participants.


The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who supply reviews to TV/radio. The grant scheme will provide aggregate funding of MNOK 6 over a three-year period.

Futurelab Europe ( FLE ) was established in 2011 as a collaboration between ten European Foundations, including Fritt Ord. European Policy Center in Brussels is responsible for the practical implementation. The program is aimed at enthusiastic young people between 20 and 30 who wish to participate in debate and influence the future course of Europe. The main focus is European participation, equal opportunities and European identity.


The Free Word Centre opened in September 2009, and is located on Farringdon Road, London, in what used to be the Guardian Newsroom Building. In addition to offices for six cooperating organisations in the field of freedom of expression and literary debate (including Article 19 and English PEN) the building is used for events, seminars and meetings.


The Preben Munthe Fellowship grant was established in 2014. The programme offers a unique opportunity for journalists living in Norway to study at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the University of Oxford.

Preben Munthe (1922-2013) was Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo, from 1981 to 2000. He was a professor of Economics at the University of Oslo, chief state mediator, and held a number of directorships in the public sector as well as in business and industry.


My family in history is organised by the Norwegian Historical Society (HIFO) with support from the Fritt Ord Foundation. It is open to pupils in lower and upper secondary school. This competition revolves around everyday people, making them the main characters. Pupils are urged to investigate topics such as democracy, war and conflict, changing living conditions, migration and working life in the light of their own family history.

Deadline for application is 23. March, 2018


The Fritt Ord Foundation invites applications for annual subsidies for literature programmes at Norwegian public libraries. The objective of the call for applications is to strengthen libraries as an arena for communications and to arouse interest in reading and the literary debate. Libraries, organisations and private individuals can apply and the annual deadline is in June.

Store norske leksikon (Norway's leading encyclopaedia) transitioned from being a major reference work found on the bookshelves of countless Norwegian homes to being a free online encyclopaedia in 2009. The Fritt Ord Foundation andSavings Bank Foundation DnB took the initiative to continue Store norske leksikon (the Great Norwegian Encyclopaedia), Norsk biografisk leksikon (Norwegian Biographical Encyclopaedia) and Store medisinske leksikon (The Great Medical Encyclopaedia) in summer 2010. SNL.no consists of signed encyclopaedia articles written by qualified experts.