A whole constitution as signs: Christiania, Denmark


There’s a tiny piece of land inside Copenhagen which claims to be independent of any governments. They say they don’t answer to Copenhagen, to Denmark, or even to the European Union. This land is called Christiania, and it composed of about 800 inhabitants. They make their own laws, which can be briefly summarized in a few signs of Do’s and Dont’s entitled “Christiania’s Common Law”.


It reads: “Christiania’s commitment is to create and sustain a self-governing community, in which everyone is free to develop and express themselves as responsible members of the community.” The Dont’s: “No weapons, no hard drugs, no violence, no private cars, no bikers colours, no bulletproof clothing, no sale of fireworks, no use of thunderflashes, no stolen goods.” The Do’s: “Love each other, play music, kiss, burp, feed your turtle, have babies, pick flowers, go to the toilet, have a bonfire.”

Part of the area became known as “The Green Light District” because marijuana is openly sold there. Giving origin to the three following rules: don’t take photos – since pot is still illegal outside their borders; don’t run – it causes panic; and, of course, have fun.
It reads: “Dear friends – There are three rules in the green light district: Have fun; Don’t run – it causes panic; No photos – buying and selling hash is still illegal.”

Quite an interesting place! The “no photos” rule is quite a bummer though… There were more interesting signs inside which I couldn’t capture. I guess you’ll have to go see them by yourself 😉