Friluftsliv

Nature-friendly adventures for all

Authored by: Kirsti Pedersen Gurholt

Routledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138782884
eBook ISBN: 9781315768465
Adobe ISBN: 9781317666523

10.4324/9781315768465.ch28

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Abstract

In 2015, Norway held its third National Year of friluftsliv (literally free-air-life or free-life-under-the-open-sky), a year-long promotion of the role of outdoor life in society and support of the National Strategy for Active Friluftsliv 2014–2020 (Ministry of the Environment, 2013). Numerous events were launched by two national friluftsliv umbrella associations that since the late 1980s have played a key role in promoting the overall state policy of Friluftsliv for all, which was inaugurated in the early 1970s. At that time a first official definition was articulated: ‘Friluftsliv means dwelling/wayfaring, and physical activity in open spaces during leisure time to participate in a variety of environments and foster aesthetic experiences of nature [naturopplevelser]’ (Ministry of the Environment, 2000, p. 9).

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