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Christiania – Denmark’s Ultimate Freetown

Post by Your Mom on Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:30 am

Not so sure the end result is always aesthetically pleasing to me, but I love the concept.

The Freetown of Christiania is a self-governing neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, where the people actually live freely.

Chritiania was created in 1971, and consists of the old Bådsmandsstræde Barracks and parts of the city ramparts. After the barracks were abandoned by the military, the area was simply taken over by the locals in the surrounding neighborhoods, as a playground for their children. This was actually a protest against the Danish government of that time, started by the article of one Jacob Ludvigsen.

Often referred to as ‘losers paradise’, because of the number of homeless,vagabonds and jobless people who find a sanctuary here, not to mention the young people who come here to buy and do drugs, Christiania is truly a unique place. Until 2004, the commerce of marijuana and other light drugs was permitted, but since then, the Danish government has taken action and tried to forbid it. That led to a series of protests and riots, leaving the situation in a sort of limbo.

















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