Christiania

Christiania


Denmark is famous for its liberalism, and this is best illustrated by Christiania, a hippy commune that sprung up in 1971.


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Freetown Christiania, also known as Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania or Staden), is an intentional community and commune of about 850 to 1,000 residents, covering 7.7 hectares (19 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen. It was temporarily closed to visitors by residents by consensus in the plenum in April 2011 and a later occasion, but later re-opened.

Christiania was founded in 1971, when a group of people cut a hole in the fence to the military barracks in Bådmandsgade. Soon the area was known for Pusher Street, where you could buy hash and pot, but no hard drugs, from various stalls.

Today many of the original settlers still live in the collectively controlled village, and the area has a clear 70s feel to it.

Around 1,000 people live in Christiania and every year more than 500,000 people come to visit.

Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. Since then, relations between Christiania and Danish authorities have been strained. Since the beginning of the 2010s, the situation has been somewhat normalized and Danish law is now enforced in Christiania.


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