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Video: Suntanning in Danish graveyards …

September 12th, 2008 | Tina | Denmark, Events and Activities, General, Travel, Video | 2 Comments »

Huh..? You are joking?!? No, I’m actually not joking. I’m dead serious. This video shows you the beautiful graveyard with suntanning people.

Close to my house in the centre of Copenhagen is a beautiful, old graveyard called “Assistens”. It is the last resting place of a long line of famous Danish people such as H.C.Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard.

But in the summer time it is also the daily resting place of many “Copenhageners”. And it is totally legal. We are not illegal invaders.

Suntanning is indeed permitted in the graveyard…even in a bikini. But of course you are expected to act in a proper manner and treat the place with respect.

And really, why should we not utilize this public space for “living” activities? In Europe death is considered such a final and tragic event. In many other parts of the world, death is a celebration. By sharing the space with the dead people I feel like some of the morbidity disappears.

It really is a beautiful oasis in a busy city and it has been used as a park for decades in all seasons. It is wonderful for walks in the winter as well when the trees and bushes are covered in snow…a real fairytale landscape. I love this place.

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2 Responses to “Video: Suntanning in Danish graveyards …”

  1. amy
    September 5th, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    thanks so much for providing this!
    in HS i spent a summer as a foreign exchange student in Denmark and have tried to explain to so many how lovely (and brilliant! and unique!!) Danish cemeteries are….LOVE how it’s a utilized space!!!
    wishing you much sun + warm breezes,
    amy

  2. amy
    September 5th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    THIS link is the only other I can find to introduce the world to the phenomena: http://geoimages.berkeley.edu/worldwidepanorama/wwp606/html/HansNyberg.html

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