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The Norwegian Humanist Association

Human-Etisk Forbund (The Norwegian Humanist Association) is an association dedicated to humanist values, a special interest organization and a provider of ceremonies. We work to develop humanism, and help people practice their humanist view of life.

The Norwegian Humanist Association was established in 1956. As of 2021 we have more than 105,000 members.

The association is based on our members' common philosophy of life, humanism. Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their lives. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.

We work to organize those who share this life stance by promoting humanist values and providing a number of related activities. We provide humanist ceremonies throughout the country, play an active part in discussions concerning beliefs and act as a special interest organization.

We promote a society with freedom to choose any life stance in a secular state

When the Norwegian Humanist Association voices our opinion on specific matters, it is always based on the values inherent in our humanist outlook. We want common ethical values such as respect for life and human dignity, equality, justice, tolerance, reciprocity and democracy to be the cornerstone in politics, in working life and business, in education and research and in technological development.

We promote respect for human rights and humanist values on a national and international level. As a member of Humanists International (formerly IHEU) we support the global humanist movement.

Nordic Humanist Manifesto 2016

The Nordic Humanist Manifesto 2016 is a formulation of the common world view of the Nordic humanist organizations. It was compiled by six organizations from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

Provider of ceremonies

Ceremonies organized by the Norwegian Humanist Association have a distinct humanistic profile, without elements that may be perceived to be religious practices. We offer humanist ceremonies all over Norway, giving people access to dignified and formal ceremonies from cradle to grave, regardless of where they live.

We provide naming ceremonies, confirmation, weddings and funerals.

Join the Norwegian Humanist Association

Our members form the basis of our activities. The larger our numbers, the stronger our voice is in the work for freedom to choose one's own life stance, human rights and humanist values. Society does not change by itself.

As a member you get:

  • Member magazine "Fri Tanke" (in Norwegian) two times a year
  • Membership prices for ceremonies
  • A 25% discount on books (in Norwegian) from Humanist Publishers

As a member you can also participate in social events at your local division, and also become involved as a representative or volunteer.

Our online registration form is only available in Norwegian. Alternatively, please get in touch at medlem@human.no if you wish to become a member.

We also have a youth organization for humanists between 15 and 25, the Norwegian Humanist Youth.