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#61 of 65 Old 11-07-2009, 01:58 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I was really curious when it was posted that they had no homeless, etc.. I wonder what the tax rate is there though to cover such generous benefits? I do wish we would do a better job in America of taking care of the mentally ill, that make up such a large part of our homeless.
%99.9 prosent of homeless people are homeless because of drug issues. No one has to be homeless unless they CHOOSE homelessness.

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That apartment is so NOT typical! It's true that Danes tend to live in smaller places and that the lines are cleaner and the interior simpler than in the US - but it was so far from typical. And yes, of course Danes sleep with pillows and duvets - big ones.

The apartment on Oprah is very expensive (maybe the top 3% could afford it) and it's silly to say that it's typical. Most apartments in Copenhagen is much older - from around 1850-1900 and are so much prettier and much more cosy. Copenhagen is a lot like Amsterdam and in part like London.

It makes me a little mad that Oprah portraits it as typical Danish. Danish design - both buildings and interior - is much nicer than that.

Personally I found the apartment cold and boring.
Thank you for setting Oprah straight. Why wouldn't she have chosen to go to a typical cozy flat??? We can see this type of condo in architectural digest...

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I couldn't help myself. I don't know what the Danish equivalent of Finn is, but here are realty listings from Oslo. If you want to waste some time ... Just scroll down and click on the main picture to view the whole listing, including more pictures from the interior. If you want to know the price in $ type: Convert (the price listed on listing ) NOK to USD in your google search bar. Enjoy! http://www.finn.no/finn/realestate/h...t?areaId=20061 (and remember that these home were decluttered in some way shape or form for the photographer/showings)

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I did find it very inspiring but I didn't believe it when they claimed it was typical because I see a lot of photos on blogs or Flickr groups of northern European homes and they never look that sterile. They are generally uncluttered and neat but not that modern, overall. It's more of a mix between old and new.

To answer your question, it did inspire me to continue my decluttering quest. I keep getting rid of things and trying to only keep beautiful and useful things. I'm trying to break my attachment to things. As much as it pains me sometimes to declutter I've almost never missed anything that has left this house.

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It was much to sterile for my liking. I love the decluttered look (something I'm always challenged with), but it lacked warmth imo....

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One of the first things I noticed is when looking out the windows you see the older (and to me, more beautiful) architecture across the street. Yes, this is obviously a very new, ultra modern condo. But is does inspire me to toss a bunch of stuff. I LOVE the kids nook! I love that they have to climb in - the furniture was probably brought in before the wall/doorway was built up!

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