Our History

Our roots go as far back as the 1920’s, when a series of international meetings between liberal youth organisations took place. However, we were first officially established at a meeting in Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1947 under the name of the World Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (WFLRY).

WFLRY was the first international liberal youth platform, though in reality it was almost completely European at this time, but it was not long before it had a competitor in the form of the European Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (EFLRY), who were founded in 1969.

Eventually it became clear that two organisations serving the same purpose were not necessary and so in 1978 WFLRY closed down and, at a meeting in Silkeborg, Denmark in 1979, the remaining EFLRY became the International Federation of Liberal and Radical Youth (IFLRY).

It was at this point that the Federation started to become more truly global, with expansions across Latin America and Africa and, after 1989, out to Central and Eastern Europe as well as Asia. Today IFLRY is proud to be present in all continents of the world.

Did You Know? The sharp-eyed amongst you will notice that today the organisation is known as International Federation of Liberal Youth but is still abbreviated as IFLRY.

This is due to a compromise decision made in 2001 to drop the ‘Radical’ from the full title, but retain the ‘R’ in the acronym.

P.S. We know. Our acronym is a struggle to pronounce. You say if-ell-ree!

More in this section:

Our Structure

Find out how decisions are made in our Federation.

Our Values

Find out more about our values and how they’re enforced.

Our People

Find out who’s behind the day to day running of the Federation.

Our Partners

Find out more about who we work with. Coming Soon.