Freetown Christania

Earlier this week I was in Copenhagen with work.  Copenhagen is a city I really like, and I am very lucky to get to visit for work (although I would also like to go for a city break sometime and take the family)  I have written about visiting before, you can read them here  and here

Copenhagen is split into districts, we had about 20 mins spare, and we were driving near an area called Christania, so we had a quick walk around. 

Christania is a freetown built in 1971. You can only live there if you inherit a house. Decisions about the running of Christania are made as a group in the townhall. When you enter Christania there is a sign saying 'you are now leaving the EU'

The objective of Christiania is to create a self-governing society whereby each and every individual holds themselves responsible over the wellbeing of the entire community. Our society is to be economically self-sustaining and, as such, our aspiration is to be steadfast in our conviction that psychological and physical destitution can be averted.
— Jacob Ludvigsen, mission statement for Christania in 1971

The area is well known because of a road called 'pusher street' where it is 'legal' to sell weed. No pictures could be taken of that area for obvious reasons.

I think in Summer to place would be lovely, the vibe was very relaxed.  Now we are in Autumn the flowers are long gone.

The whole town is built around a lake, this is only a tiny section of the freetown, but here is what I saw.

Christania
Town hall Christania
Christania House
Christania
No adults allowed
Christania School
Christania School
Christania
Christania
Christania
Christania
Christania House
Christania House

 

Also there was Nemoland that I didn't capture, an area with a stage where bands play in Summer.

I think the ethos of the area is great, but I do wonder if this has changed over time to a place where it is 'legal' to smoke weed, and the original ethos has long been forgotten.