By Steve Elliott
When Americans think of cannabis destinations in Europe, that usually means Amsterdam. Those a bit more in the know might even mention the nascent cannabis clubs of Spain. But many haven't heard of the biggest green-light district of all: Christiania, in the heart of Denmark's capital city, Copenhagen.
Christiania, established in 1971 by hippie squatters, is one of the largest communes in history, reports Julia D'Orazio of News.com.au. Its population includes people from all walks of life, including hippies, businessmen, and outsiders, who are quickly integrated into the community.
The commune is a stand-alone municipality within Copenhagen, and over its history, it has seen legal battles over ownership of land and constant debates over the way of life it represents. Creative and free-spirited people, along with anarchists and outsiders, poured into the area once it declared its independence on an old abandoned military base.
Christiania is known as a peaceful and tolerant sanctuary; it covers 34 hectares populated with warehouses, huts, makeshift houses, and creative artwork reflecting its bohemian character. Its streets are lined with unusual buildings made from recycled and repurposed materials and low-budget do-it-yourself projects.