31 May 2015

The Copenhagen windows

One of the unwritten rules state that you don’t look in other people’s windows, no matter how uncovered and inviting. The fact that they show you trust, by not covering everything up, is not an invitation to take advantage. Just like a woman in a short skirt, is not an invitation to get handsy. She is trusting you to control yourself.

So how does one report on the importance of the uncovered Copenhagen windows, without violating this trust? Tricky. In the dark months (half of the year), the lit up windows are like beacons, a proof of life adding to the overall feeling of safety in the streets. In daylight the little details stand out, sometimes it is almost like a small exhibition.... making it impossible to resist... In these cases I tell myself that it is okay, as long as I am shooting from an angle that doesn’t reveal anything but the actual window display. Spoken like a true grabber.



Window ranch

Share your country

Ground floor living, I don't envy these guys.

The birthday window

The birthday window = happy kids inside. Notice the trademark Copenhagen Smog Finish. Ugh.


Classic Fastelavn window, with the decorated twigs, for whipping parents into obedience. Whipping stops only at candy and cake. An extorsion game much cosier than it sounds, I promise.

When it is an elementary school, other rules apply, long as there are no kids in the shot. Rules clear there.


Irrisistible butt.

Happy feet

Happy feet at the Copenhagen Business School.

And, for those unfamiliar with the unwritten rules:

How Copenhageners feel about you peeking through their windows

Sign language.



  1. It is always so hard NOT to look in... it is the voyeur in me ;) I always liked the lights coming out from the windows, into the night. Thanks for the cosy post!

    1. Glancing is okay, just not staring. :D The night time windows are so cosy, especially in the wintertime.

  2. Hi Sandra, it is hard not to look, especially when you come from southern Europe where everything is hidden, the windows are more just holes and they put curtains and shades. Staring might just be the WOW, this is different and beautiful effect! And I am always amazed at what people manage to do with their interior. We might just be rude... but not creepy rude.

    1. Haha, I know! That is why I can't help it. I think it has to do with the light starvation, we want it as open as possible. In the south they want cool and shade, and have plenty of daylight and direct sun. Oh, envy. : )

  3. Many years ago i passed a house while commuting to work. INside there were two persons sitting at a candleligthed table. It looked SO incredibly coozy ... as they moved from there flat it felt like a deep cut in a mysterious way ...

    1. I get how you can miss the presence of someone you never met. : )


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