For several years Christiania has existed under special terms, and over the years the area has been subject of much political debate. The following outlines legislation that has been particularly important for the area's development.
In 1989, the first Christiania law was adopted and aimed at enabling the use of the Christiania area.
From 1991-2004, Christiania existed on framework agreements, which were entered into with the Ministry of Defense. The framework agreements continuously established and included among other things that the residents of Christiania had the right to use the buildings and the area as a whole. During this period, the area was subject to special law, which meant that the general laws and regulations had been put out of force.
In 2004, the Christiania Act was revised as the intended development of the area was not achieved. With the change of legislation, the area would remain a green and car-free neighborhood in Copenhagen, with the possibility of living in a different way - but within the general framework of the legislation without special law.
Following the revision of the Christiania Act in 2004, many political negotiations took place. In 2007, the state and Christiania were close to reaching an agreement and document 86 highlights the framework for the negotiations.
On June 22, 2011, the state and Christiania entered into a final agreement on the future ownership of the Christiania area. With the agreement, the purpose of the Christiania Law in 2004 was fulfilled, and the Christiania Law could be terminated.
For further information on the negotiation process between the parties from 2004-2011, see "Negotiations between Christiania and the State".