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Katy Perry visits Danish commune

Katy Perry has shared a fun moment of herself hanging out in Copenhagen’s Freetown neighbourhood, a controversial area.

The 30-year-old Dark Horse singer is currently in Europe performing shows on her The Prismatic World Tour.

And when she reached Denmark’s capital city, Katy was delighted to explore the controversial neighbourhood, which is also referred to as Freetown.

“Went to the commune Christiania in Copenhagen to get some tips on how to plan my own in the future… (sic),” she wrote on Instagram Friday, attached to a pic of her standing amidst a graffitied landscape warming her hands by a trash fire. “*PS IT WAS DOPE, PUN INTENDED* (sic)” she concluded.

Formerly occupied by the military, Christiania became an area known for alternative living after the armed forces moved out. In 1971 various civilians began moving in, including the homeless, hippies, anarchists, entrepreneurs and revolutionaries. Various offices of the Danish government have attempted to kick people out of the area, which is thought to be home to approximately 1000 residents, but were never successful.

Christiania was known for openly selling marijuana, a practice tolerated by the Danish government until 2004. But it’s claimed commune rules, which are totally independent of country laws, do not allow hard drugs or other poor behaviour, like stealing, knives, guns, violence or wearing offensive clothing such as bulletproof vests and biker gang colours. Many consider Christiania to be a very successful social experiment, despite the government’s attempts to remove people from the area. The neighbourhood is one of Denmark’s largest tourist attractions, with visits by an estimated 500,000 travellers per year.

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