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Nordic Documentation on the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa (NAI)


In 2003 the Nordic Africa Institute initiated a project to identify archives in the Nordic countries, that cover documentation on anti-apartheid resistance and the liberation struggle in Southern Africa, mainly South Africa and Namibia, during 1960-1990. (Other countries are covered, see the information box in the right hand column.) Around this time, a large number of organisations in the Nordic countries e.g. government bodies, youth and church organisations, political parties and solidarity groups participated in the struggle. As a result, vast bilateral cooperation emerged and many well documented conferences and meetings were held in the Nordic countries and in Africa. Several visits to refugee camps in Africa and encounters with different leaders were also documented on videos, tapes and in pictures. Another result was this website that works as an reference source. It was launched on 24 April 2007. (More about the website.)

Organisations in DenmarkFinlandIcelandNorway and Sweden have localized, catalogued and organized archives on the liberation struggle. The archival lists are available in a database, found on this website, that has been created to make the materials known and easily accessible for researchers, students and others who are interested in this part of the world history.

The project was concluded in November 2009 with a workshop held in Pretoria, South Africa.


Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, in partnership with:

The Finnish Country Committee on Archives on Anti-Colonial Resistance and Liberation Struggle in Namibia

SWAPO Party Archive & Research Centre

The NGO Solidarity with Southern Africa (Sweden)

Tchiweka (Angola)

Aluka (South Africa & USA)


Nordic Africa Institute




Bernard C. Moore


© Nordiska Afrikainstitutet




English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish


Books, Edited Volumes, Transcripts

Items in the Nordic Documentation on the Liberation Struggle in Southern Africa (NAI) Collection

Finland's special characteristics as a Nordic, non-aligned welfare state gave it the resources and motivation to support liberation movements - in spite of restrictions arising from trade interests and a reluctance to jeopardise the country's neutral…

This book describes and documents the development of Danish support to national liberation in Southern Africa and the two-sided humanitarian and political character of this support. It is based on previously restricted Danish ministry records and on…

This book documents and analyses the involvement of Norway in the liberation struggle in Southern Africa. Apart from focussing on the formulation of official policies and the extensive cooperation with the liberation movements in the field of…

Sweden’s and the other Nordic countries’ support for the national liberation process and struggle against apartheid was unique in the international context both in regard to the size of the financial support and the extensive popular involvement.…

The interviews in this book were conducted for the Nordic Africa Institute's research project 'National liberation in Southern Africa - The role of the Nordic countries'. Around 80 representatives of the Southern African liberation movements, as well…