The Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to control technology.
Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives, and it is important that this technology empowers rather than restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use, understand, adapt, and share software. These rights help support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press, and privacy.
The FSFE helps individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination. It enhances users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software adoption, encouraging people to use and develop Free Software, and providing resources to enable everyone to further promote Free Software in Europe.
Find out more about
Read how we help individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination and why we concentrate our daily work on three main pillars: public awareness, policy advocacy, and legal support.
Hear voices and read testimonials from our diverse community, why they support the FSFE and our mission. Some also answered interviews or even made a video. Enjoy getting to know our community!
See who we are and get to know the people behind the FSFE. Here you find the ones who are working for and with the FSFE and have been given permanent responsibility or authority for certain areas - staffers and volunteers.
Empowering people to control technology is a goal which no single organisation can achieve alone. With our associated organisations we exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, motivate each other, and find opportunities to work together on specific projects.
In 2001 the FSFE was set up as a charitable, registered association ("e.V.") under German law. Find our constitution and minutes from the official annual meetings here.
As part of its initiative “transparent civil society”, Transparency International Germany provides a guide on how to make a transparency commitment. We support this initiative and you find all relevant information here.
To be an independent voice for Free Software, we depend on donations. With financial support you will contribute to a solid foundation on which we are building our charitable work for freedom in the information society. See how we use our funds and who donates to us.
Get in touch
Find contact information for general and legal enquiries, our office location, a link to our public dicussion channels, and our social media accounts on our contact page. FSFE public and community discussions are covered by our Code of Conduct.
If you are from the press, you will find our press portal useful. There you can find all our press releases, our logos, news, general photos and contact information for press inquiries.
Besides the FSFE's volunteers, its permanent staff, interns and trainees are a backbone of the organisation. We look for motivated people who help us contributing to software freedom on many levels in social, political, legal and technical areas.