Founded in Vienna, Austria in 1895, Naturefriends International (NFI) is the umbrella organization of the national Naturefriends federations. NFI is one of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the world, and a member of the Green 10, the platform of the ten largest European environmental organizations. NFI members are active in local groups and are represented in regional, national, and federal associations.
Most branches built and maintain at least one local clubhouse. There are over 1,200 clubhouses worldwide, run by associations and partners in Albany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Ukraine, and USA.
The club lodges range from the rustic, to a few that are hotel-like in facilities and accommodations. Each club operates independently, but members are welcome at all Nature Friends clubs worldwide. Most clubs have accommodations for members at reasonable rates, reflecting our founding principle, Berg frei, which means “The mountains are free” (for everyone).
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