Photo courtesy of Morten Bjarnhof
Type: Attractions, Sightseeing
Copenhagen's pocket of autonomy and liberal ideology for more than four decades, the Free State of Christiania is one of Denmark's most visited sites. While strictly speaking Christiania is not an... Read More
Copenhagen's pocket of autonomy and liberal ideology for more than four decades, the Free State of Christiania is one of Denmark's most visited sites. While strictly speaking Christiania is not an attraction and contains no actual sights, this hippy enclave is a fascinating example of self-determination and community activism and has provided inspiration for millions of idealistic visitors since it first started in an abandoned army barracks on the Copenhagen island of Holmen in 1971. Initially a squat on state property, the 'social experiment' was tolerated by the government. Christiania has survived drug wars, biker gangs and official attempts to close it down � though the free spirit isn't quite what it used to be: Pusher Street has been closed, police make regular checks and the state's hopes of 'normalizing' the district include renovating buildings not up to fire code and ensuring residents pay taxes. In summer 2011, Christiania celebrated 40 years by finally coming to an agreement with the government: Residents would buy back the area. In order to raise funds for this, supporters can now buy 'shares' in the Free State.