Nordic press association is a project for young journalists in the Nordics. The purpose is to make it easier for young people to participate in the public debate through journalistic production.
The project of NPA is about creating the stories that are otherwise not covered. Journalism is much about depicting a happening in the most nuanced way. We felt like Christiania was missing a voice.
The society we thought we knew
Christiana, an autonomous society also regarded as alternative, has been in the eyes of the media since its founding 1971. With around 950 people and a legacy both of a cultural district as well as haven of drugs, Christiania is more than you hear about. Christiania is a home, an office and a museum.
The area has again surfaced on to the international stage after the police shooting on Wednesday of 31 August. The shooting culminated after a long period of tension between the government, Christianites and drug dealers. Drugs stalls have been removed, cameras for surveillance have been put up as well as pressure put on the local community.
The media coverage has during the years mostly been focusing on authorities cleaning up after drugs. This is partial a consequence of the liberal and tolerant attitude. However, Christiana is as much an attractive place for homeless, unemployed and addicts as for progressive artists and anyone looking for an alternative. Tolerance has become a strength.
Christiania has both been a concern and an inspiration for Copenhagen and the world. The famous Christianian bikes, early organic farming and ecological living and a women’s blacksmith are just a few examples. Wind turbines were producing electricity for Christiniats already in the 1970s. Today wind power accounts for around 42% of Denmark’s electricity. Christiania was founded to inspire and to teach.
What began as squatted military barracks has become a functioning society with kindergardens, health care and an economic structure. What was not meant for housing was made into a home.
Today Christiania is a tourist attraction. Like all societies Christiania has and will change. For some the change has meant normalization. For others it is a matter of strength and progress.
Christiania is an autonomous society in the central of Copenhagen. It was founded in 1971 and has 950 inhabitants.
The area has a complimentary currency called Løn with one coin that equals 50 danish krona. All the shops and cafe’s around Christinia accepts the currency and it is also possible to use Danish kronas.
Half of the land of Christiania is bought and the other half is rented through the state. The inhabitants rent their houses from the Christianian Foundation which is the contact agency of Christiania.
The flag is a red rectangel with three yellow dots.
The area is ruled by its inhabitants.
People in the project:
Anna Tervahartiala is a photojournalist from Finland and has worked both as a freelancer as in newsrooms since 2012. Anna is specialized in international politics, human rights and development and has worked both in Finland and abroad.
Trude Furuly is a 21-years old journalist. Studying journalism at Volda University College
Chloé is a 21 year old publicist from Stockholm. She is engaged in civil society through a organization called YMCA-YWCA as well as a communications officer during the 2 latest UN climate conferences specializing in social media.
Viktor Hellblom is 16 years old journalist from Stockholm. Viktor interests lie in environmental issues and international politics. He is an active member of the young assocation of the Green party and is engaged in the school newspaper of Viktor Rydberg Djursholm.