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Fafo "was founded by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in 1982 and was reorganised as a foundation in 1993 with contributions from LO, Orkla ASA, Umoe AS, Elkem ASA, Coop Norge, Sparebank1 Gruppen, Fagforbundet, and Telenor AS.

"Fafo develops and disseminates knowledge about changes in living and working conditions, societal participation, democracy and development in a range of social and economic settings. Our ambition is to contribute to processes of social and economic development based on rigorous ethical and scientific standards...

"By January 2008 Fafo has 87 employees. In 2007 we were engaged in approximately 250 projects with a total turnover of 90,9 million NOK. In 2007, our basic grant from the Research Council of Norway amounted to 7.865 million NOK." [1]


Accessed February 2009: [2]

Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research and The Fafo Research Foundation have the same Board of Directors

Elected among and by the employees:

Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies

Elected among and by the employees:


Web: http://www.fafo.no/english

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  1. About, FAFO, accessed February 9, 2009.
  2. Directors, FAFO, accessed February 9, 2009.