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YEAR 2005
3. Holland: Interfederal



Flevo Natuur
Wieselweg 3, NL- 3896 LA ZEEWOLDE
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These annual meetings of the countries of Western Europe have been taking place since 1974 in Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, France, Ireland, Luxemburg, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. Last year it was held in Spain, (see), and in 2006 we will be the hosts once again, not only of the Interfederal but also of the World Congress.


Photographer: Steve Thompson, BN  

HOLLAND, The host

-Jan Meere, Presidente

-René Nijhof

-Cor Van Herp
-Kurt Fischer, President

Wolfgang Weinreich

-Wolfgang Weinreich, Vice-president

-Arlette Debbaut, President and her husband

-Ismael Rodrigo, President
-Suka, International PR, (with Jan Meere, NFN President, at the gift giving ceremony)

-Charles Obergfell, Vice-president (with his wife)

-Guy Delfour, President

-Steve Thompson, photographer
-Paul Kirby, International PR

-Mick (Chairman)
& Roz Ayers

-Judith Kirby &
-Pat Thompson, President

-Mª Adelaide Fornaca, Treasurer

-Andrea Contini, consultant -Gianfranco Ribolzi, President


Michèle Correlje, committee

-Armand Ceolin (Secretary)
and his wife, Mónica

Hubert Wellenstein


-Jimmy Geissler,
President & webmaster
- Myriam Geissler

  • President: Wolfgang Weinreich
  • Vicepresident: Charles Obergfell
  • Treasurer: Cor Van Herp
  • President for the Commission on Legality: René Nijhof
  • Interpreter: Hubert Wellenstein
HOLLAND: History and Legislation

The first association was set up in the 20s by a small group of young people.
In those years, there were some extremely conservative religious groups and very intolerant towards nudism. That led the movement to buy property and fence it off to keep it private.
During the Second World War there were not any activities or if there were any they were prohibited. After the war, several groups emerged in a very short time. While the number of members remained the same, the number of clubs grew fast.
We have to wait until the 60s to see some changes. Nudist beaches became popular then, due to the sexual revolution, moral tolerance to nakedness, and a decrease of religious intolerance .

As the nudist beaches were illegal the police intervened. These interventions were looked upon as unjustified repressive measures, which became very unpopular. As a result, the NFN led a movement to demand the legalization of these beaches.
As a result, the NFN gained popularity, increased the number of members in the clubs and encouraged the formation of new ones.

Finally, in 1998, the changes in social habits led to put an end to the prosecution of nudists accused of being exhibitionists, according to the Dutch Law, which could even involve loss of a job. An important factor was that the coastal cities were not inhabited by Calvinists.
The NFN managed to change the law to its present reading:
1. Municipal authorities have the right to officially designate nude bathing beaches.
b) Nude recreation is also permitted outside of designated nude beaches, in areas which may be suitable for naturism.
c) Municipal authorities may no longer prohibit naturism.
d) Persons pursuing nude recreation in unsuitable areas can no longer be prosecuted under felony statutes, but merely subject to a misdemeanour fine .

The courts of justice have the last word as to deciding which place in particular may or may not be suitable for nudist recreation.

“To be suitable” depends as much of the place as of the time.
Public thoroughfares or very much frequented parks are considered unsuitable, but a far-off beach is likely to be suitable. According to the Dutch Ministry of Justice nudists can not be penalized unless there is a plaintiff. Therefore, the risk is lower when there are a few naturists present than when there is only one .

In the following years NFN managed to have hundreds of beaches designated as naturist beaches. It also helped to make biases against naturism disappear, as the number of members increased. Statistics show that 10% of the entire population are nudist, another 15% are very sympathetic to its practice and only 10% are opposed. The remaining percentage either has no opinion or does not oppose it.

The NFN has 65,000 members divided in 65 groups of all kinds, (adults, singles, youth, holidays, to practise sports like canoeing, and others, etc.)

The Dutch are travelling people: 80% go abroad for their holidays, and the neighbouring countries get crowded with Dutch trailers. Many go to naturist centres round Europe. Therefore, Holland has the highest percentage of naturists in the world.

Nevertheless, at present the number of naturists is decreasing and the governing boards of the 58 clubs are getting older and do not find replacements. As night falls, naturist beaches become dangerous and the NFN is presently demanding protection from the police.

For further information:
Naturisten Federatie Nederland (NFN)
Villawal 25
NL-3432 NX Nieuwegein
Tel.: +31 306025410
Fax.: +31 306025436
E-Mail: office@nfn.nl
Internet: www.nfn.nl


Based on an article published in issue
2/2004 of the INF Naturist International


SUMMARY of talks held at the Interfederal

Ismael Rodrigo reports the wishes of the FEN to offer INF to hold both the Interfederal 2006 meeting and the World Congress in Spain. The FEN was also willing to hold all the events which had not been assigned, yet, to be held in Spain to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the FEN foundation. The offer was accepted and the new calendar was drawn for the Interfederals which is as follows:
2005: in Germany, from the 5th to the 8th of May.
2006: in Spain.
2007: in Switzerland.
2008: in Luxemburg.
With regards to the World Congress 2006, Ismael Rodrigo reported that Costa Natura was prepared to hold it, as it is also its 25th anniversary. Whether the proposal is accepted depends on the outcome of the votes cast at the World Congress in August .

Upgrading the INF World Guide:
The FLN, Luxembourg Federation points out that out of the 5 institution in the guide, 3 are wrong, (telephone numbers, faxes, etc). In the section on Belgium, the names are wrong. The telephone numbers for Italy are out of date and some date are not right, etc. The order of institutions -> clubs -> federations -> INF must be respected in order to prevent future errors. The explanation: we have a new editor.

The INF magazine:
There is a long discussion on the advertisements and which criteria should be followed as to whether accept them or not. Were it not clear enough there would always be the Federation for advice; (i.e.: Fly Nude advert with AANR). The magazine costs 25,000 € per issue. In the end we did not reach any conclusive decisions.
Ismael proposes to pay closer attention to the content: articles on the INF, such as the congress discussions, an editorial signed by the president instead of the editor, etc. Wolfgang mentions the ADN magazine as an example to follow .

Jimmy GEISSLER, from Switzerland, (SNU-UNS), reads his vision of Naturism: "Naturism of the 21st century or The naturism of today and tomorrow"

We can summarise in two basic points:
1. Naturism should strive to achieve the well being of body and spirit.
2. The INF should try and make holiday resort centres work with us and prevent the access of people without the INF pass .

On the second day the discussion focuses on the situation in France and how valuable is the International Naturist Card. Jan Meere proposes setting up a committee to study the problem created in France. The proposal is accepted.

Moving the INF Central Office:
René Nijhof, President of the Legal Committee, lays out the situation and the possible solutions:
The present statutes place the INF in Zurich, (Switzerland), but the offices are in Belgium. This may bring about some legal problems. Possible solutions:
1. Register INF in Belgium as a legal Swiss organisation.
2. Re-found the INF according to the Belgian law.
After studying the legal situation in the neighbouring countries, it was decided that the best countries, as far as the freedom associations enjoy, are Belgium and Germany. The congress in Valalta will have the last word on the choice.
Everyone present was able to give his opinion on the subject .

Coming activities:
Recent activities are evaluated, (i.e.: meeting of 130 young members in Italy) and the members present are reminded of the coming activities: Petanca by Paul Kirby, Camping at El Portús by Ismael Rodrigo. Financial support for the Camping at El Portús is requested. It was granted. The amount will depend on the number of countries and people attending.
The INF financial situation is also dealt with. This year we are not in the red any longer. The treasurer, Cor van Herp, and the whole board are praised for that.

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