• Photo: Conversation festival LAMPA

Strengthening democracy and active civil society

After more than 25 years since the re-establishment of independent Baltic States, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have built stable democratic systems. These political transformation and democratic consolidation processes, however, have not been fully completed in any of these countries, and the political systems of the Baltic States are marked by similar dynamics.

Party competition in all the three states is highly volatile, resulting in frequent changes of governments. Trust in politics and political institutions is lacking, and voter turnout rates are low, with 50% in Lithuania, almost 60% in Lativa and 64% in Estonia. The readiness to participate in political processes in the Baltic States is weak. So far, there is no strong, critical or active civil society in any of these countries.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation strives to contribute with its work to the strengthening of democratic structures and civil society of the Baltic States, and promote social and political participation and engagement. FES' approach is creating platforms for a dialogue between stakeholders and multipliers in politics, civil society and academia, promoting political participation through political education and supporting social discourse on the challenges of social democracy in the Baltic States with regional and international projects.

Related Events

Friday, 10.08.18 to Sunday, 12.08.18 | Lithuania, Democracy and civil society | Event

Summer Academy „Baltic Forum of Labor Youth“

Youth of Labor Unions from all three Baltic States comes together to discuss, motivate and make a change!


Friday, 11.05.18 to Sunday, 13.05.18 | Latvia, Sustainable economy and social system, Democracy and civil society | Event

Academy for Social Democracy in the Baltic States 2018

The Academy for Social Democracy in the Baltic States has officially begun. The first seminar on “Economy, Welfare State and Social Democracy” took...


Tuesday, 17.04.18 to Wednesday, 18.04.18 | Latvia, Democracy and civil society | Event

Expert Workshop “Social Democracy and Statehood 1918-2018“

What were the roles of social democratic parties amidst the rapid formation of sovereign independent states after World War I and particularly in...


Recent Publications

Vārpiņa, Zane

Countries of old men?

Demographic challenges in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Riga, 2018

Download publication (2,4 MB PDF-File)

Euroscepticism in the Baltic states

uncovering issues, people and stereotypes
Riga, 2018

Download publication (7,6 MB PDF-File)

Veebel, Viljar

Municipal council elections in Estonia 2017

Success of decoy ducks and ruling parties
Riga, 2017

Download publication (700 KB, PDF-File)

  • Photo by depositphotos.com

Estonia Office
Pärnu mnt. 27-13
10141 Tallinn

Lithuania Office
A. Jakšto g. 6a/8-34
LT-01105 Vilnius

back to top