All about Nordic 'hygge'

Nordic 'hygge' is world re-known and is about relaxing and enjoying life and everyday experiences.

Hygge is a Danish word that describes a feeling of cosiness, contentment, and well-being. While it originated in Denmark, the concept of hygge is also widely recognized and embraced in other Nordic countries, including Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland.

In these countries, the long, dark winters and often harsh climates can make it challenging to maintain a positive outlook and stay connected with others. Therefore,  ´hygge´ is an essential aspect of life, creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere and fostering a sense of community.

An excellent example of the feeling of  'hygge' is, if you’re sitting in a comfortable chair surrounded by tasteful soft furnishings and perhaps even a candle or sitting by the fire wearing a woolly jumper while drinking mulled wine and stroking a dog. 

 In Nordic culture, ´hygge´ is a concept and a way of life. It is an essential part of the region's social fabric, and people often make a concerted effort to create hygge in their homes and communities. It is a way to build resilience, combat stress, and promote overall well-being.



What is Hygge

Hygge is often associated with warm lighting, comfortable furnishings, soft textures, and activities such as baking, reading, and spending time with loved ones. It emphasizes the importance of slowing down, savouring the present moment, and finding joy in simple pleasures.

This lifestyle and way of thinking are widely used in many Nordic countries, where you are featuring warm interiors or taking winter cottage getaways.

Broadly it means a positive approach to living where you enjoy the everyday experience with a focus on togetherness and prioritising the people in your life with a focus on warm interiors, handmade bunting and winter cottage getaways. The idea is to relax, feel at home, and forget life's worries.

In Nordic countries, it is the concept of attitude to life. The word comes from Norway, but today Denmark is most famous for this 'hygge' and a way of living and doing things, often used in daily conversation. 

How is 'hygge' pronounced?"

It can be pronounced variously as 'hoog-jar', 'hyue-gar' or 'hoo-gah', and usually, it is translated into English as 'cosiness'. The adjectival form of 'hygge' is 'hyggeligt'. This is often used to complement a host after a pleasant evening at home.

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