Tallinn, Estonia



September 8, 2023

Democracies fall apart piece by piece, just like everything else. If they are not constantly repaired, at some point they will crumble. The foundations of the world’s democracies have long received too little attention. The beautiful color of participation has been painted on the walls, the windows have also been made a little more transparent, but the cracks in the basement have been left to their own devices.

At the same time, authoritarian regimes have switched from concealing their actions to being openly proud – that they are right, that they are more effective! China, Russia and others are now openly fighting against the democratic world. Bringing the wars of the 20th century to today.

We do not expect that we can improve all these things from Estonia – but we believe that we can and in fact must do our part.

That is why we are convening all those who are concerned about the future of democracies to discuss problems and solutions at the annual Democracy Conference in Estonia. 


At the Democracy Sauna we will launch a regional coalition with the purpose of enabling and supporting international cooperation on the issues of democracy development.

Our agenda

Starting from basics of democracy development, ending with the launch of the Regional Coalition.

🕙  13:00 – 13:20

Beginning of the Sauna

First let’s get to know eachother with a bit of networking.

🕙 13:20 – 14:50

First Sauna: The basics of Democracy development

What is the ecosystem of a healthy democracy and what are the minimum viable components of an open society? What is working and which elements need more support?

🕙 14:50 – 15.30


🕙 15:30 – 17:00

Democracy development system

Interactive session in which we map the current state of democracy development in the region.

🕙 17:00 – 17:30

Coffee break

🕙 17:30 – 19:00

Second Sauna: Where do we go from here? Launch of the Regional Coalition

We will wrap up the day with a discussion on the future of democracy development in Baltic Sea countries and the official launch of the Regional Coalition.

🕙 19:00 – 22:00

Aftersauna at Iglupark

After the main event, participants will have the opportunity to attend an authentic Finnish sauna experience in the nearby iglusauna park.

Our venue

The conference takes place at PROTO Invention Factory in Tallinn.
More about the venue here.

Our tickets

August 21


  • Conference attendance
  • Conference materials
  • Lunch & coffee breaks
  • Aftersauna at Iglupark

* Tickets can be returned only until the August 21 deadline, tickets are non-refundable after that.

Our funding

The project is funded by Active Citizens Fund Estonia (ACF) of Norway Grants. ACF operator in Estonia is the Open Estonia Foundation in cooperation with the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations