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Our community first gathered in Norway for the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2009. Since then, we have featured 408 speakers from more than 100 countries.

Norway is a natural home for the Oslo Freedom Forum’s flagship event, as it has a rich history of defending individual rights, free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and egalitarian values. It is internationally known for conducting peaceful commerce and diplomacy with the rest of the world, and is consistently ranked as one of the most free and open in international indexes.

The Oslo Freedom Forum community has expanded to reach thousands of people from across the globe bringing regional events to Mexico City, Johannesburg, New York City, Taipei, and San Francisco. 

Described by The Economist as the “Davos for human rights,” and by The New York Times as an opportunity for “the world’s dissidents to have their say,” the Oslo Freedom Forum is a place where industry leaders and activists come together to create new partnerships and collaborations.

Over the past 15 years, the ideas generated during the Oslo Freedom Forum have changed the world. At the event, HRF has brought together individuals like Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif, North Korean author Yeonmi Park, Harvard cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Congolese doctor and Nobel Peace Laureate Denis Mukwege, anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder, Pakistani filmmaker and Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, Liberian Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Oscar-winning documentarian Bryan Fogel, as well as departed legends like Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Czech writer and statesman Václav Havel, and many others.