About Friland – A Free Community
The Friland intentional community was founded in 2002. Since then, Friland hasexpanded two times. Since 2014, Friland has comprised of 40 households with approx. 75 adults and 40 children.
Friland is an intentional community where people experiment with alternative ways of living, focusing on sustainability, being debt-free and self-employment.
The residents of Friland resident build experimental houses using natural and recycled materials. Residents try to build with as low an environmental impact as possible, and test alternative materials and construction methods.
The houses at Friland include straw bale houses that are plastered with clay, and wood-clad houses insulated with wood fibre, sheep’s wool, flax and hemp. Alternative foundations are made with, for example, compacted seashells, and many houses have green, living roofs.
The buildings at Friland must comply with the national building regulations.
One of Friland’s objectives is to be debt-free. The desire is to build and live with low costs and achieve financial freedom.
The residents of Friland cannot get a loan with security in the land or houses, and the selling prices of the houses are regulated with a maximum price per square metre – to avoid speculation in land and house values.
Business at Friland
It is the intention that at least one person in each household is self-employedor works from home. Local businesses provide the basis for a living village environment and offer an alternative to commuting.
Part of Friland is set aside as a business area. This Friland Enterprise area is used by Friland residents and people from the local area
Hand, Head and Heart
To ensure diversity and dynamism, residents of Friland have a range of business and cultural backgrounds. Emphasis is placed on both the practical, intellectual and human qualities of the people admitted to the community. There are approximately 10 nationalities at Friland.
Community at Friland
The shareholders’ Association holds a common meeting with a communal meal approx. six times a year and also arranges community working days.
Other common activities take place through the initiative of one or more residents. It may be a food cooperative, handicraft evenings, a music café, Christmas party, common garden, etc.
One of Friland’s goals is to minimise the production of waste , both in construction and in daily life. Waste is sorted and recyclable waste is returned for recycling.
Energy and Resource Consumption
Denmark’s energy and resource consumption needs to be drastically reduced if the world’s resources are to be distributed equally.
At Friland, residents are experimenting with reducing energy and resource consumption, for example by highly insulating our houses, building smaller houses and utilising renewable energy sources. Many houses have a masonary stove as the main heat source. These fireplaces utilise the energy of the wood very efficiently, by burning the wood at a high temperature, thereby promoting the combustion of gases and minimising particulate emissions.
Residents are responsible for the disposal of their own wastewater, either in individual or joint systems. The wastewater systems are based on plant evaporation, filtration and biological purification, which means that residents need to be careful about what enters their wastewater, through soap products, cleaning agents, cosmetics and medicine.
The land is owned by a foundation that lends the land to the community.
Each shareholder has a plot of land where houses and private gardens can be built. In addition, Friland includes common areas with a playground, lake, fruit trees and vegetable garden.
The common areas are maintained by the members of the association.