Freetown Christiania, Denmark

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Freetown, Christiania is an independent neighborhood of about 850 people that governs itself. It is located in the Danish capital Copenhagen. It is supervised by state authorities instead of city authorities.
Christiania has been controversial since its creation in an abandoned military area in 1971.
Among many Christiania residents, the community is known as staden ('the town'), short for fristaden ('the freetown').

When Christiania was established in 1971, there were only three rules: no drugs, no violence, and no cars. Since that date, things have become a bit more complicated. Little by little the Danish government is trying to enforce more of its laws on Christiania.

Each year more than a million people visit the Freetown. It is thus one of the biggest tourist attractions in Copenhagen, and abroad it is a well-known "brand" for the progressive and liberated Danish lifestyle. Many Danish businesses and organizations also use Christiania as a show place for their foreign friends and guests. The purpose is to show something Danish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Christiania is a green, traffic-free city with paths, gravel roads and large water areas.
Although the Danish Krone is accepted on the streets of Christiania, the official currency is the Løn, which are minted each year. Locals are paid in Løns, and the coins can be used throughout the town. The Løn has been issued since 1997; previously Christianites used a currency called the Fed and, in one year, the Klump. Hemp tokens, also known as "Nemos", which could be exchanged for cannabis, were also in circulation


Christiania is a neighborhood of Copenhagen. This world city is located on the eastern shore of the island of Zealand, partly on the island of Amager and on a number of natural and artificial islets in between the two. Copenhagen faces the Øresund to the east, the strait of water that separates Denmark from Sweden, and which connects the North Sea with the Baltic Sea. On the Swedish side of the sound directly across from Copenhagen, lies the towns of Malmö and Landskrona.


There are approximately 800 residents of Christiania.

Ethnic groups

Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali


All religions are tolerated. In Denmark, 98% of the population is Christian. 2% is Muslim.


Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
note: English is the predominant second language


Unknown, but 99% of the Danish population can read and write.


Until 2004 there were no laws except for the three mentioned in the background. In 2004, though, the Danish government passed a law abolishing the law of "the group" and treating its 900 members like individuals. Beginning in the summer of 2005, a series of protests have been staged by Christiania members. During the same time, Danish police have made frequent sweeps of the area.


What kinds of problems could exist in a place that doesn't have any real laws? Consider, for example, the three rules of Christiania. Are there ways to commit crimes that don't break the three rules?