Wednesday, 14 September 2011

40 years Christiania: Denmark's original social enterprise?

What a birthday! A 40 year process is now resulting in the formalization of one of Denmarks oldest social innovations: The Freetown of Christiana is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares. While it had been tolerated by the Danish government for a long time, Christiania become increasingly threatened over the past decade as politicians wanted to recover some prime real estate in the heart of Copenhagen. Now Christiania is in the process of formally buying the land on which it is build from the state. To raise the funds for this Christiania is issuing cooperative ownership shares which are sold as part of the birthday celebration which will take place between the 16 September and the 1st of October. It will be interesting to see how the shares will impact the future of Christiania. Read more: www.christiania.org

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