Since 2001 the FSFE has been enhancing users' rights by abolishing barriers for software freedom. For 20 years we have been helping individuals and organisations to understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, and self-determination.

For the next two decades we need your help. We want everyone to be able to control their technology. Free Software and its freedoms to use, study, share, and improve are the key to that goal.

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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.

Stars of the FSFE logo

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.

Latest press releases

20 Years FSFE: Interviewing past interns
Public Money? Public Code! brochure is now available in Spanish
Device Neutrality becomes a reality +++ Stockholm +++ FSFE infrastructure +++ AI

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Press contact

Please direct enquiries to, or by post to:

Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.
Schönhauser Allee 6/7
10119 Berlin

Phone: +49-30-27595290

For general enquiries, please see our contact information.

About FSFE

The Free Software Foundation Europe was founded in 2001 as a charity to empower users to control technology. You can find our goals defined in our mission statement, as well as the methods we use to achieve them. In our timeline, we collected our most important achievements since 2001 for promoting and defending software freedom in Europe, within various areas.

Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE:

Birthday video - 20 years of FSFE:

Background and resources

  • Free Software Basics

    Free Software Basics

    Access to software determines who may participate in a digital society. Read about Free Software's role within key areas in our introduction to Free Software.

  • Logo and Graphics

    Logo and Graphics

    Download our logo and other graphics to use them in your publication.

  • How we work

    How we work

    We see ourselves as Europeans with different backgrounds who support developing a common culture of co-operation. Our principles will help you understand the way we think and work.

  • Who we are

    Who we are

    Find members of our community, volunteers, interns, staffers and coordinators on our team page.