| About the
Fridtjof Nansen Institute
The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) is an independent foundation
engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource
Within this framework the institute's research
is mainly grouped around six focal points:
Global governance and
Law of the Sea and marine affairs
Polar and Russian politics
European energy and
Chinese energy and environmental
The main disciplines are political science and
international law, but FNI researchers also hold degrees in economics,
geography, history and social anthropology, and have special language and
regional competence on Russia and China.
FNI currently has a
staff of around 35, including around 25 full-time
researchers and 3-6 students.
FNI's activities include academic studies,
contract research, investigations and evaluations.
FNI's sources of
funding include the Research Council of Norway, various Norwegian public
bodies, business associations and private companies, the European Commission
and international research foundations. Annual turnover is around 30 million
FNI collaborates extensively with other research institutions and
individual researchers, in Norway and abroad. It strives to make its expertise
available and relevant to users as well as to the public at large. FNI research
is published in international scholarly journals and books. The institute also
has its own report series. In addition, it publishes a bi-annual newsletter
The FNI Newsletter.
is the research arm of The Fridtjof Nansen Foundation at
Polhøgda, established in 1958 to conduct research within the
interest areas of Fridtjof Nansen and to maintain the
property of Polhøgda, Nansen's home. The
Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board, elected by a
Council. The Board appoints the
Institute Director for periods of four years.
|Fridtjof Nansen and
FNI is located at Polhøgda, outside Oslo, Norway. Polhøgda
was the home of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), famous
Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist, and Nobel Peace Prize
laureate. Nansen lived at Polhøgda from its completion in 1901 until his
death in 1930. His grave is in the garden in front of the manor.
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