Close to 70% of housing in Denmark is within a cooperative housing scheme. Anyone buying a house or an apartment pays for the right to use that unit, and their payment covers a share of the wealth of the cooperative itself. The tax structure is designed to keep these units affordable, protecting the residents financially and from homelessness. As people across the socio-economic spectrum can be sharing a co-op, connections can be built between retired workers, young students, doctors, policemen, artists, and so on. Affordable housing can be found everywhere in the city, including this building across from one of the city’s most upscale developments.

Affordable Housing

Copenhagen,

The Danish emphasis on hygge and meaning-making is supported by clutter-less environments. Closets for example, are not required to be provided in bedrooms. With fewer things to care for and clean after, family members can focus on activities that give them purpose and make them feel connected, such as belonging to clubs or spending time together. 

Clutter-less environments

Copenhagen,