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Video: Insight into Danish culture: Summerhouses

May 12th, 2010 | Tina | Denmark, Events and Activities, General, Travel, Video | 3 Comments »

Summerhouses are a core part of Danish culture. We just love them and they are an essential part of our lives.

There are 220,000 second homes in Denmark: 203,000 summerhouses, 14,000 allotments and 2,300 other types of recreational properties.

44 percent of holiday homes situated in Jutland, 16 percent of Fyn and other islands, while the remaining 40 percent is built on Zealand.

One cottage is an average of 3.5 rooms, a living area of 67 square meters and a land value of 700,000 crowns (2004).

Over half of the country’s homes were built between 1960 and 1979. It was built as many houses in 1973, where also the building of houses boomed.

Summerhouses can be divided into three groups: Over half of higher quality houses are built of wood, a quarter of the second homes are older homes in poor quality, often lacking bath and appropriate heating, while the last group consists of large and expensive homes.

6.8 percent of households in Denmark own a summerhouse. The majority of summerhouses are owned by 50+- generation – especially older couples without children.

Two out of three homes are located more than 50 kilometres from the year-round dwelling, and every third house is more than 100 kilometres away.

84 percent of second homes have a bath, 80 percent of owners can easily heat the house in the winter, almost all (93 percent) have a television, two out of three have a washing machine and /or dishwasher, and one in four have Internet in the summerhouse.

78 percent of owners have a summerhouse to get away from everyday life and relax. Therefore they prefer the house to be in nature or close to the sea.

The video above shows you my mum’s summerhouse in Ebeltoft. It is really lovely and I spend quite a lot of time there…I love being close to the sea and the house is 5 minutes walk from the beach 🙂

Source: Center for Housing and Welfare: ‘Holiday in Denmark. Who has them and how are they used?

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3 Responses to “Video: Insight into Danish culture: Summerhouses”

  1. Hitomi Sekiguchi
    May 15th, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Recurrence to nature is quite human.
    New Caveman Lifestyle, Barefoot Running,
    Macrobiotics, etc. represent human desire
    to be close to nature.
    It must be a perfect setting to be in the very
    middle of nature to satisfy such desire.
    But, I can feel the existence of it
    even in the hustle and bustle of urban life
    as long as I have senic poetry in mind.
    Does it sound like sour grapes to you ?

  2. David
    May 22nd, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    Nice video!
    We have more or less the same thing here (in Quebec, Canada)

    *btw, you should get an external mic with and windshield…you will have a better sound (especially when you’re shooting outside)

  3. Helge Mortensen
    June 19th, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

    Greetings from Oakland, California.

    I enjoyed this video very much and I like your humble summer house.

    The only thing I would change would be to leave out the television, and keep a only small radio.

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