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Freetown Christiania
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Anthem
"I kan ikke slå os ihjel"
250px-Christiania (Locator-Gif)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Official language(s) Danish
Government Direct Democratic Commune
Established 1971
Area claimed 0.34 km2
Population 1000 approx
Currency Løn
Time zone GMT

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Christiania, known as Freetown Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents, covering around 34 hectares in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989 which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the Copenhagen to the state.

It was closed by residents in April 2011, whilst discussions continued with the Danish government as to its future, but is now open again.

Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. Since then, measures for normalizing the legal status of the community have led to conflicts, and negotiations are ongoing.

Among many Christiania residents, the community is known as staden ('the town'), short for fristaden ('the freetown').

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