Frit Forum - Social Democratic Students of Denmark (Danish: Frit Forum – socialdemokratiske studerende, or just Frit Forum) is the student organization of the Danish Social Democrats.

Frit Forum - Social Democratic Students of Denmark
IdeologySocial democracy
Democratic socialism
Mother partyDanish Social Democrats
International affiliationInternational Union of Socialist Youth, IUSY
European affiliationYoung 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 [dk] or the Studenterforeningen [dk], 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.

Since then, the climate between the two organizations has bettered. Over the years, Frit Forum has held meetings and conferences with both the Labour Students (England) and S-studenter (Sweden).

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Sources (in English):

  • [2] Official homepage of Frit Forum in English.
  • [3] Background information on Poul Nyrup.
  • [4] PES information about Frit Forum.

Sources (in Danish):

  • [5] Official homepage of Frit Forum in Danish
  • [6] Article on Mogens Lykketoft in Information.
  • [7] Background information on Danish Social Democratic leaders.