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Friday, November 18, 2005


Friland is a small community near Aarhus in Denmark. It's a genuinely fantastic idea and there should be more places like this:
Friland (Freeland) is the home of a small community, the Friland Cooperative Ltd. It is situated in Jutland on Djursland, about 20 miles east of Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city.
At present there are 14 families at Friland. They have left the city to build, live and work in this rural corner of Denmark. The settlers at Friland will be trying out new ways of living with each other and with nature.
Even though it is called "Freeland", a few rules apply to all: First of all every family must build a mortgage-free house using recycled or natural materials such as bricks, straw, clay and mussel shells.
Secondly, when moving into their self-built houses - at least one person in every household must start his/her own business or telecommute. Hopefully, in time Friland will become a local power centre and a valid contribution to the regeneration of rural areas.

Friland is an attempt to do something about pollution and environmental degradation. By using un-processed building materials, by minimising waste and by handling own waste water, the Freelanders will do their part to move towards a more environmentally friendly and cleaner future.
Being mortgage-free, the Freelanders will be able to prioritise the important aspects of life such as family, friends and a satisfying job. In the end, Friland is about community, finding a sense of belonging and living out your dreams.

You can visit Friland's official website here.
-- by Roland


At Monday, November 21, 2005 at 12:14:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get too excited about good ole Friland. Sounds fantastic doesn't? Until you see who the main sponsor is, DR, the largests broadcasting company here in Denmark. Please do not get me wrong as I am generally in favor of eco-living communities and do believe this is the wave of the future. However you must know that DR envisions this as a extension of their reality television nonsense which is just as bad over here in Scandinavia as it is in the good ole U.S. of A, where I am from by the way. DR's goal was to film every aspect of the building of this community and filming the lives of the people living there during the process. I guess if you are going to have reality TV then it should be this sort given that you can actually learn something from it. Maybe DR will spin something differently here this time, I can only hope!
Michael Winkler
Copenhagen Denmark

At Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 9:42:00 PM PST, Blogger Roland said...

You mean Denmark has a reality TV show about a sustainable community? That's a hell lot better than the US or Australia anyway!! :-)

At Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 10:21:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Building out of bricks, straw, clay and mussel shells sounds digusting. I hate theses damn doomers! What in the heck is wrong with duglas fer? Why don't those doomers just crawl back into their mussel-shell hovels and smoke their crackweed?

At Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 5:02:00 AM PST, Blogger Roland said...

Hell, alternative building materials can be really nice to live in. Let's experiment.

Anyway, what I was more interested in was the whole environmentally-friendly and carfree nature of the community, and, more importantly, the idea of a community solely comprised of telecommuters or small-business owners that attracts talent and retains it. We may wee a lot more places like this, or at least I hope so.


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