From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Flag of Nutopia

Nutopia is a conceptual country, sometimes referred to as a micronation,[1] founded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. One of the reasons that the country was founded was to address Lennon's then-ongoing immigration problems through satirical means. There is no leadership and not all citizenships have been recorded. As a result, the population is unknown.

Nutopia is a portmanteau of "new" and "utopia" which suggests Nutopia is a new, utopian society.


On April Fool's Day 1973, John and Yoko introduced the conceptual country of Nutopia at a press conference in New York City.[2]

The Lennons were ambassadors of the country and sought (creatively, though unsuccessfully) diplomatic immunity to end Lennon's ongoing immigration troubles, as he and Ono tried to remain in the United States. (Ono already had a Resident Alien "green card" through her previous husband, Tony Cox. Lennon had been denied permanent residence status.) John talked about the imaginary country, which would live up to the ideals of his song "Imagine", saying this in the "official" declaration:

We announce the birth of a conceptual country, NUTOPIA. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA. NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. NUTOPIA has no laws other than cosmic. All people of NUTOPIA are ambassadors of the country. As two ambassadors of NUTOPIA, we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations of our country and its people.[3]

In 2006, a Nutopia website was created that forwards to a site about the documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon, distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment.[4][5]


The entrance to the Dakota building which had a sign posted that the Nutopian Embassy was there

The flag of Nutopia has only one colour: white. Some criticised this association with surrender, but Lennon and Ono defended that association, saying that only through surrender and compromise can peace be achieved. Lennon's album Mind Games (1973) features the "Nutopian International Anthem", which is four seconds of silence.[6] U2 later adopted the Nutopian flag as a part of their live performance of the political songs from their third album, War. An example of this can be seen on the video version of U2's live album Under a Blood Red Sky, during the famous performance of their song "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which shares the same title as a song from Lennon's album Some Time in New York City.[citation needed]

The seal of Nutopia has a picture of the marine animal of the same name, a seal.[7][8]

A plaque engraved with the words "NUTOPIAN EMBASSY" was duly installed at their home at the Dakota. Yoko remarked that guests in her home prefer walking through that door instead of the front entrance, saying the kitchen door is the new front door.[9]

Finnish singer-songwriter Kari Peitsamo, fan of Lennon's work, released a song called "Nutopia" on his album I’m Down.


  1. ^ John Ryan, George Dunford & Simon Sellars (2006). Micronations. Lonely Planet. p. 127. ISBN 1-74104-730-7.
  2. ^ Toy, Vivian S. "A Brush With a Beatle," New York Times. March 7, 2010.
  3. ^ DECLARATION OF NUTOPIA – 1 April 1973[permanent dead link] at
  4. ^ "NUTOPIA". Archived from the original on 6 February 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  5. ^ Lions Gate tunes in Lennon documentary, Daily Variety, 2 September 2005.
  6. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (1999). John Lennon: Whatever Gets You Through the Night. Thunder's Mouth Press. pp. 75–76. ISBN 1560252103.
  7. ^ "Flickr – Photo Sharing!". Flickr – Photo Sharing!. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Flickr – Photo Sharing!". Flickr – Photo Sharing!. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  9. ^ "On the Day of the Birth of Nutopia – 1 April 2015 by Yoko Ono". IMAGINE PEACE. Retrieved 25 April 2015.

External links

  • Nutopianism A conceptual road to Nutopia
Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Nutopia"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA