Christiania

Christiania should be a green and car-free neighbourhood in Copenhagen, where there is space to live in a different way within the general rules of legislation. Christiania is a unique area in Denmark, which contains many different historical and cultural layers, and the entire area including the protected fortification and ramparts must serve as an open, recreational area for Christianites, the residents of Copenhagen and the rest of the population.

Christiania was established in 1971 and has existed under special conditions for 40 years. After many years of uncertainty about the future organisation of Christiania and after many negotiations between Christiania and the state, on 22 June 2011 an agreement was entered into between the parties concerning the future ownership of the Christiania area.

The agreement meant that on 1 July 2012, a foundation, the Foundation Freetown Christiania, was able to purchase the entire part of Christiania located outside the protected ramparts. The foundation leases buildings and land on the ramparts, which are still owned by the state. In this context, a number of specific purchase and lease agreements have been entered into between the Foundation Freetown Christiania and the Danish Building and Property Agency.

The Christiania area's ramparts are a living cultural-historical site and one of Denmark's significant monuments of the past. A provision for the sale of land and buildings in the Christiania area to the foundation is, therefore, that the foundation is responsible for restoring and maintaining the historic monument, so that the historic ramparts are preserved, and future generations can experience the site as authentic, well-preserved and with great cultural historical narrative value.

The Danish Building and Property Agency manages the agreements that have been entered into with Christiania, prepares models for new forms of organisation and ownership, assesses legal and economic issues, prepares and conducts negotiations and is responsible for the dialogue with Christiania and other relevant authorities regarding development of the area.

Contact

The residents in Christiania and others, who wish to contact the Danish Building and Property Agency concerning Christiania, can contact:

The Danish Building and Property Agency
Carl Jacobsens vej 39, 2500 Valby
Tel. 0045 4170 1000
E-mail: bygst@bygst.dk