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by Edward Mooney, Jr. 2000-12-08
Since 1971, there has existed a so-called free town, Christiania, within the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is in practice an alternative society with a liberal view on drugs. It has a population of probably around 1000 people.
by Per Iko, 10 September 1996
The three yellow discs represent the three "i"'s in the name 'Christiania'.
by Ivan Sache, 7 December 2000
The free city of Christiania was founded on 26 September 1971 by a group of
hippies who had settled in the barracks of Badmandsstraede, on the Amager island
in Copenhagen. The Danish Parliament (Folketing) legalized the city in
1989 and exempted the Christianians from laws on heritage and environment
conservation. In 1991, a local law made of Christiania a "free zone", open to
all, car-free and placed under the responsibility of its inhabitants.
Christiania has officially 878 inhabitants, including 150 children. Each
inhabitant of Christiania has to pay a monthly rent of 1,600 Danish crowns (215
euros) for electricity, heating, road maintenance, land tax, child-care center,
kindergarten, leisure and other public costs. The Danish government has decided
to "normalize" the situation of the enclave. A commission made of ten members
worked ten months and wrote a report of several thousands pages, without drawing
Source: An article by Hans Drachmann, originally published in Politiken (Copenhagen), and partially translated into French in Courrier International, #705, 6 May 2004.
A picture illustrating the article in Courrier International shows a dog bearing a badge based on the flag of Christiania. The badge is red with three yellow hearts placed horizontally and the words Bevar Christiania (Bevar above the hearts, Christiania below it) in black.
Ivan Sache, 31 May 2004