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Christiania celebrates its 40th birthday this year - quite an achievement for a place where an abrasive attitude to the Danish Government has meant it's always been about two weeks away from being shut down.

The BBC has visited Christiania regularly over the past four decades and, in The Christiania Effect, writer and broadcaster David Goldblatt goes to the commune and examines some of those reports to tell the history of this bold experiment in free living. He has also gained access to a unique oral history of Christiania where long time members of the commune tell their own personal and sometimes surprising version of events.

In the programme David hears how an abandoned barracks in the heart of Copenhagen became a centre for liberal drugs laws, hands-off parenting and free-form architecture. He learns how it evolved from a dark and dangerous area for social drop-outs to being a focus of Copenhagen's tourist industry and a place that many of the city's residents would fight hard to defend. And he hears how it became a magnet for promoters and performers like Bob Dylan, Beck and the Arctic Monkeys.

As well as looking back at its history David assesses the future of this unique community and asks what mainstream society can learn from this unique counter-cultural experiment.

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I visited Cristiania while on a mate's stag do.

There is a little market area where they freely display 1kg blocks of cannabis resin for sale, and it is full of the dodgiest looking people you can imagine, and not in the good way. We were there for about an hour before the Police raided the place, full riot gear, the lot. Apparently a bank robber was hiding out there.

Any armchair anarchists should go and live there for a year to get a taste of what their little utopia would actually entail.

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