|Frit Forum - Social Democratic Students of Denmark|
|Mother party||Danish Social Democrats|
|International affiliation||International Union of Socialist Youth, IUSY|
|European affiliation||Young European Socialists, ECOSY|
It was established in 1943 during the Nazi occupation of Denmark as a means of reaching out to the growing number of students in the labour movement. Since then, it has had a decisive impact on Danish politics, fostering many leaders and influential Social Democrats.
Former PES-president Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, former Danish frontrunner to the European Parliament Dan Jørgensen, and former Minister of Finance Mogens Lykketoft began their paths in Frit Forum. It compares to the Labour Students in the UK.
After peaking in the 1950s and 1960s, it was struck by the radicalization of the political left among Danish students. As in Germany and Sweden, several members left for radical movements on the left, but in opposition to the Studentersamfundet or the Studenterforeningen, Frit Forum survived, primarily as a result of being merged with the social democratic youth organization DSU in 1973.
In 2003, this caused a conflict within the organization, as the DSU felt Frit Forum was not fulfilling its obligations at the universities. Instead, they threatened to launch a new social democratic Student network, called SSN. Following devastating internal disputes, it was saved by the president of the Danish Social Democrats, Mogens Lykketoft, himself being former president of Frit Forum.
Sources (in English):
-  Official homepage of Frit Forum in English.
-  Background information on Poul Nyrup.
-  PES information about Frit Forum.
Sources (in Danish):