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Loesje /'luʃə/ is an international free speech organisation started in Arnhem (Netherlands) in 1983. Loesje went international in 1989. Its charter is to spread creativity, positive criticism, ideas, philosophical ponderings and thoughts on current events by way of short slogans on posters, signed by a fictional character, Loesje (a Dutch female name).
Loesje is currently active in over 30 countries to some extent including Argentina, Armenia, Bosnia, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America, and Palestine. In September 2006, people from over 100 countries visited the international website according to the statistic on the site.
The total number of people spreading posters and writing texts is unknown and for sure posters have been distributed in other countries, according to Loesje's newsletter; however, there are approximately 500 people who receive the Dutch version of the monthly bulletin, and around 200 people who receive the international version. It is however read on the website by around 1000 people according Loesje's international office.
Between 2005 and 2013, Loesje's international headquarters were located in Berlin, but since then Loesje International has moved back to Arnhem. From there Loesje implements and coordinates many diverse international projects around the world.
Links to websites of specific countries
- Loesje Palestine
- Loesje in Belgium
- Loesje in Estonia
- Loesje in Finland
- Loesje in France
- Loesje in Germany
- Loesje in Greece
- Loesje in Ireland
- Loesje in Italy
- Loesje in Latvia
- Loesje in Lithuania
- Loesje in the Netherlands
- Loesje in Poland
- Loesje in Portugal
- Loesje in Russia
- Loesje in Serbia
- Loesje in Slovenia
- Loesje in Sweden
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