National Frisians

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Today's and historical Frisian language area

National Friesen or National Friesen referred in Schleswig Nordfriesland that part of the friezes that not as a subset of German sees people, but instead, the Frisian ethnic group as a separate nation with its own language and culture (as a nation ) understands.

Accordingly, language policy tasks are at the center of the activities of the national Frisians. As a rule, the national Frisians do not demand a state of their own, but rather the right to live their own identity within the existing states.

In North Friesland , the Friisk Foriining should be mentioned in particular , which works politically with the South Schleswig voters' association . In the Netherlands, the Fryske Nasjonale Partij ( Frisian National Party ) is represented in the provincial parliament of the Dutch province of Friesland ( Provinsje Fryslân ). In East Friesland, however , the term "National Frisians" is not in use, but positions are also represented there by various groups and the party The Frisians . As a group of national Frisians with secessionist aspirations, the Groep fan Auwerk should be mentioned.


The Friisk Foriining, which has existed since the Weimar Republic (formerly known as the Frisian-Schleswig Association and Foriining for nationale Friiske ), belonged to the Association of National Minorities in Germany , which existed from 1924 to 1939 . A long-time chairman of the association (1958–1983) and founder of the Nordfriisk Instituut was Carsten Boysen, who strongly influenced the Frisian movement in North Friesland in the post-war period.

In the meantime, German and national Frisians are working together in many areas, which is expressed, among other things, in the work of the Nordfriisk Instituut.


Individual evidence

  1. Handbook of Frisian. Niemeyer, Tübingen 2009, p. 57 (online)
  2. ↑ Protection of minorities in the Basic Law? The political discussion on the protection of ethnic minorities in the FRG in the context of the deliberations of the Joint Constitutional Commission of the Bundestag and Bundesrat, p. 67 (online)
  3. Nieuw dagelijks bestuur provincie Fryslân geïnstalleerd. Provincie Fryslân, April 20, 2011.
  4. A frieze with corners and edges In: Sylter Rundschau . May 4, 2012.