Headings 1971-2013

Some 40 years' history in bulleted summary-style format.

  • 26 September 1971 Freetown Christiania was founded
  • 31 May 1972 at a meeting in the Danish Ministry of Defence an interim agreement was entered between the Danish Ministry of Defence and residents in the Christiania area concerning the residents' continued use of the state's land and buildings in the area.
  • June 1973 the government decided that Freetown Christiania could remain in the area for a period of 3 years. This was notified to the residents' negotiating delegation at a meeting on 14 June 1973.
  • 30 March 1976 the Danish Parliament adopted a motivated agenda, whereby the House encouraged the government to implement the adopted clearing of the area without unnecessary delay.
  • 31 March 1976 the Danish Ministry of Defence by the legal advisor to the government submitted a request for immediate enforcement proceedings for the eviction of all the residents in the area.
  • 11 June 1973 the application was denied promotion by the enforcement court.
  • 12 December 1975 the appealed enforcement proceedings and Christiania's action brought against the state, "the Christiania case", was dealt with in the High Court of Eastern Denmark.
  • 10 February 1977 the Danish Ministry of Defence was acquitted of the claims from Christiania, and the Danish Ministry of Defence was successful in that the area was to be evacuated without prior notice.
  • 2 February 1978 the Supreme Court ruled in the appealed case, where the judgement of the high court was upheld. The Supreme Court's judgement was not executed and did therefore not result in the shutdown of residence in the Christiania area.
  • 8 February 1978 in light of the Supreme Court's ruling, the Danish Parliament decided to adopt a motivated agenda, in which it appeared that one ought to allow the temporary use of the area to continue.
  • 1 June 1979 the Danish Ministry of Defence made a declaration to the residents of Christiania, which was printed in the Danish Official Journal on 7 June 1979, in which it was stated that the previous use of the Christiania area can continue.
  • September 1980 the government decided to allow the consultant firm Mills & Grønborg to prepare a sketch for the future use of the Christiania area.
  • 28 December 1981 the sketch was submitted, and the consulting firm recommended a model, in which Christiania was to be established as "a legal experimental town".
  • 28 November 1982 the Danish Parliament considered a motion for a resolution of the shutting down of Christiania. It was not adopted.
  • April 1985 the Danish Parliament adopted to set up a special committee for the future of Christiania.
  • 6 May 1986 the committee submitted a report and, at the same time, the Danish Parliament passed a law that a "special steering committee" was to be set up.
  • 31 March 1987 the Special Steering Committee was set up consisting of Tine Bryld, Pia Kiørboe, Ib Møller and Alfred Dam (president).
  • 19 April 1989 the Minister of Defence submitted a draft law on the use of the Christiania area.
  • 7 June 1989 the proposal was adopted as Law no 399.
  • 1 December 1989 the Danish Minister of Defence set up The Special Governing Council as a substitute for The Special Steering Committee and, at the same time, the Christiania Secretariat was created.
  • 17 March 1989 the Minister for the Environment issued a national planning directive for the Christiania area.
  • 29 January 1991 the Minister for the Environment approved the final district plan for Christiania.
  • 30 September 1991 the first framework agreement with Christiania was signed by Christiania's Contact Group.
  • 10 October 1991 the first framework agreement was signed by the Danish Ministry of Defence.
  • 1992 - 1995 during this period 1 year extensions of the framework agreement were entered.
  • 1996 – 1999 subsequently a satisfactory 3-year framework agreement was entered into.
  • 1 July 1999 - 1 July 2004 the framework agreement was extended for a 5-year period.
  • 6 May 2003 the government presented "Statement on Christiania" concerning the implementation of a new policy of Christiania and in continuation of this, the Christiania Committee was set up.
  • 12 March 2004 the committee submitted its reporting "The Future of the Christiania Area - Master Plan and Action Plan".
  • 31 March 2004 on the basis of the Christiania Committee's proposal, the Danish Minister of Defence submitted a draft law concerning amending the law on the use of the Christiania area.
  • 9 June 2004 the draft law was adopted with few minor amendments as Law no. 431.
  • 15 June 2004 the law went into force.
  • May 2005 the Danish Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties presented the report "Future forms of Organisation and Ownership in the Christiania Area". 
  • December 2006 the Community Freetown Christiania and a number of individual residents and businesses at Christiania filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that they have right of use of all or parts of Christiania.
  • 24 August 2007 the Danish Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties entered into a final agreement with Christiania, which meant that the buildings could be sold to a new social housing organisation.
  • June 2008 Christiania decided to decline the final implementation of the agreement of 24 August 2007.
  • 26 May 2009 Christiania lost the lawsuit against the state in the High Court of Eastern Denmark and then appealed to the Supreme Court.
  • 18 February 2011 Christiania lost the trial against the state in the Supreme Court.
  • 22 June 2011 Christiania and the state entered into an agreement concerning the future ownership of the Christiania area.
  • 12 June 2012 buildings and land were transferred to the Foundation Freetown Christiania.
  • 13 March 2012 legislative proposal for repealing the special law concerning the use of the Christiania area was put forward in the Danish Parliament.
  • 4 June 2013 legislative proposal L 179 for repealing the Christiania law was approved by a broad majority in the Danish parliament.