Long Term Projects

The international photo project European Photo Exhibition Award – abbreviated epea – was established in 2011 in collaboration with three other European foundations. The motivation for this photo project was to foreground talented younger photographers who have carved out a name for themselves, but are still waiting for an international breakthrough. Twelve photographers will be selected for each peer group.


In 2005, the Fritt Ord Foundation took the initiative to establish Norway's first house of literature, patterned after similar institutions in Europe. One of the main ideas behind the facility was to give literature a new arena in Norway. The House of Literature is operated by the House of Literature Foundation, and is located at Wergelandsveien 29 in Oslo.


The Freedom of Expression Barometer is an opinion poll regarding the general public's attitudes to freedom of expression, and it consists of a fixed set of questions that are followed up every second year. In addition, specific themes will be incorporated on a rotating basis. The barometer is a joint project between the Fritt Ord Foundation and UNESCO's Norwegian expert group for freedom of expression, and it is conducted by TNS Gallup.

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To strengthen the position of documentary photography in Norway, the Freedom of Expression Foundation invited applications for project funding of up to MNOK 6 from civic-minded photographers. The call for applications was addressed to photographers who work with innovative expressions or within the classic documentary tradition. The jury was looking for projects that are socially relevant and have a distinctive photographic nature.

The Freedom of Expression Foundation was established on 7 June 1974 to promote freedom of expression and democratic trends in Norwegian cultural and community life. Through project support, prizes and grants, the Foundation has strived to achieve that goal for 30 years. As a link in the celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2004, the Foundation increased the parameters of its production support for television documentaries. The Freedom of Expression Foundation made a total of MNOK 12 available for programmes designed to provoke public debate.

An independent jury, consisting of Film Director Maria Fuglevaag Warsinski (chair), Lecturer Nazneen Khan-Østrem, Professor Bjørn Sørenssen and Dean Malte Wadman, has assessed the applications and arrived at a final result.