The country’s second-largest city, Copenhagen, has a distinct character compared to the country’s coastal cities. Like the most northerly coastal city of Viborg, Copenhagen dates back to the Bronze Age. The fact that the Danish capital has retained its Viking identity, even among residents who don’t come from the surrounding regions, is quite impressive.
Copenhagen is the poster child for its ethnic diversity. The multicultural city is divided roughly down racial lines, and the work of photographer Mike Sabjeski reveals how diversity can make otherwise extremely homogenous city streets seem downright charming.
In Sabjeski’s photos, people from different backgrounds jostle with each other on the streets of the city. He works in the Danish capital for a major newspaper and a camera studio, so he’s often stationed at major attractions. As part of the publication Larsen Point, a collection of photographs related to the building of the fourth-century cathedral, he took his cameras into several different locations, including subway stations and the lookouts around the old city walls. These spots typically have a high concentration of Danish and foreign travelers, and is often characterized by an interesting mix of cultures. Most of the pictures were taken in 2015 and 2016, and the city itself has since undergone a major redevelopment project.
Take a look at some of Sabjeski’s most famous photos.