Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares in the borough of Christianshavn in Copenhagen, Danemark.
It has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971- a time when there was a lack of affordable housing in Copenhagen.
Ludvigsen, co-author of Christiania’s mission statement dating from 1971, declares :
“ 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.”
The community is often referred as staden, meaning ‘the town’, short for ‘fristaden’, ‘the freetown’.