International Naturist Federation

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International Naturist Federation
Fédération Naturiste Internationale
Internationale Naturisten Föderation
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Official languagesEnglish
MembershipCountry Federations
• Founding Meeting
CHM Montalivet
23 August 1953 (1953-08-23)

The International Naturist Federation (INF) or Fédération naturiste internationale (FNI) or Internationalen Naturisten Föderation (INF) is the global umbrella organisation representing official national naturist societies.


The INF is made up of representatives of national naturist organisations. The rules of the federation limit membership to one national society. To by-pass this rule, the French and English-speaking Canadian societies formed a partnership for the purpose of participating in the INF.

Some federations have independent youth organisations which are currently not affiliated to the INF directly. On European level, youth representatives (European Naturist Youth – ENY) have elected a Youth committee to speak towards the INF and the European Naturist Assembly (EuNat). Its task is to coordinate events and promote communication and exchange between young naturists.

The rules of INF provide for direct membership in the INF if there is no affiliated national naturist organisation in the country of residence.[1]

Monument commemorating the place (CHM Montalivet, France) where the International Naturist Federation (INF) was founded in 1953.

Affiliated national organisations[edit]

The INF currently represents the following organisations:




North America[edit]

South America[edit]


World Congress[edit]

The World Congress of the INF have been held in the following cities.[4] World Congresses were organized prior to the founding of the INF. At the 1953 World Congress the INF was officially created. All World Congresses after 1953 were organized by the INF.


List of INF presidents (also member of the Executive Committee and Central Committee) [6]

  • Richard Ehrmann-Falkenau (Austria) 1953 – 1956
  • Erik Holm (Denmark) 1956 – 1964
  • Gilbert Sarrou (France) 1964 – 1968
  • Michel Caillaud (France) 1968 – 1976
  • Frans Mollaert (Belgium) 1976 – 1980
  • Alan McCombe (Great Britain) 1980 – 1988
  • Bart Wijnberg (Netherlands) 1988 – 1995
  • Karl Josef Dreßen (Germany) 1995 – 2000
  • Wolfgang Weinreich (Germany) 2000 – 2007
  • George Volak (USA) 2007 – 2008
  • Sieglinde Ivo (Austria) 2008 – 2016
  • Armand Jamier (France) 2016 (Election annulled by the INF Legal Commission)
  • Sieglinde Ivo (Austria) 2017 – 2021
  • Sieglinde Ivo (Austria) and Stéphane Deschênes (Canada) as co-presidents 2021 – present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An Extraordinary General Assembly was held in November 1968 in Lyon/France due to the fact that several European federations had not attended the USA Congress.[6]
  1. ^ Statutes Archived 4 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine, article 3
  2. ^ Anon. "International Naturist Federation". INF-FNI, Eduard-Nittnerstraße 14/6, A-4063 Hörsching, Austria. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  3. ^ Lowe, Wendy (October 2020). "NZ Federation decides to leave the INF" (PDF). New Zealand Naturist Federation. p. 2. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  4. ^ 2006 World Naturist Handbook. International Naturist Federation. p. 24.
  5. ^ "A History of Naturism". British Naturism. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b Ivo, Sieglinde (2013). INF World Congresses, 1951-2012 (MS Word Document). Hörsching, Austria: International Naturist Federation. {{cite book}}: |format= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ Carr-Gomm, Philip (2012). A Brief History of Nakedness. Reaktion Books. pp. 80–. ISBN 978-1-86189-729-9.

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