Norges Fredslag (Norwegian Peace Association) is an independent NGO working for lasting world peace based on economic and social justice, freedom and personal responsibility, and for the development of a culture of peace where conflicts within and between countries are managed constructively and nonviolently.
The organisation takes an active role in influencing Norwegian opinion and policy-makers by lobbying with partners for peace-friendly policies on the national and international arenas. Some of the focal points in this activity are the cause and prevention of violent conflict, alternative solutions to war and global disarmament. We also organise workshops on nonviolent communication at schools and community centres. The work is being carried out by volunteers and a few permanent staff.
Norges Fredslag is Norway's oldest peace organisation. It was founded in 1885 by MP Wollert Konow. Among its first members were renowned authors Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and Arne Garborg. The organisation played a major role in the peaceful devolvement of the union with Sweden in 1905, along with its Swedish sister organisation.