freetown status and protection under the 1989 Christiania Law, after a final ruling by the Danish supreme court giving rights back to the state, reports the Copenhagen Post.

The ruling marked the end of a seven-year fight between residents and the state over land rights and the right to self-rule. The unusual 1989 law gave Christiania residents the formal right to use the 85-acre squatted area, which was a former military barracks. The law was overturned in 2004, but has been fought for by residents ever since.