(The political goal of the F.A. was to promote Frisian contemporary culture and language.)
The Fryske Academy is the centre of research on Fryslân (Friesland). It conducts research into the Frisian language and literature, the history of Fryslân, and present-day social and cultural trends.
The studies carried out by the Fryske Academy are typically comparative in nature: they compare the Frisian language and culture of past and present with the language and culture of other Dutch regions or other cultural minorities, in particular indigenous minority groups in Europe. In addition, the Fryske Academy also provides courses at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University.