FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA is a self-proclaimed neighborhood near the center of Copenhagen.
To put it bluntly, this destination may be known by foreigners, as well as locals, as the place where the sale and use of marijuana is legitimate (although not legal). But, what many don’t know (or haven’t chosen to explore) is that behind the infamous “Green Light District” is a collective community, with markets, organic restaurants, a horse stable, and a school/community center for children.
I explored this neighborhood on a gloomy February afternoon. After making my way through puffs of smoke, I found myself captivated by the most colorful and extensive example I have seen of the social model to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The forward-thinking, liberal community was originally started in 1971 by squatters who took over former military barracks. It has changed greatly since then, but still remains a unique aspect of Copenhagen culture.