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289 pages, Hardcover
First published September 1, 2016
The obsession with lighting comes from the lack of contact with it in the natural world… the only resource Denmark has in abundance is darkness
And if it wasn’t bad enough that winters are dark and cold and summers are short, Denmark also has 179 days of rain per year.
The closest you will ever come to seeing vampires burnt by daylight is by inviting a group of Danes for a hygge dinner and then placing them under a 5,000K fluorescent light tube
several smaller lamps around the room create a more hyggeligt light than one big lamp set in the ceiling
Visit a student on a shoestring budget and you may still encounter a €1,000 Verner Panton lamp in the corner of her thirty-two-square-metre flat.
To foreigners, Danish sounds like someone speaking German with a hot potato in their mouth.
Some have described the Danish workplace as something like the opening credits of The Flintstones. Come five o’clock, everyone has left before you can say ‘Yabba dabba doo!’
People with children usually leave at four; those without, at five.
Hygge is also a situation where there is a lot of relaxed thoughtfulness. Nobody takes centre stage or dominates the conversation
But in recent years I have also come to realize that there is a severe drawback to a social landscape like this: it doesn’t readily admit newcomers
While a dish consisting of live shrimp covered in ants may make the headlines, it is relatively far from everyday Danish cuisine
Traditional Danish lunch includes a budget version of smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) on rye bread with pickled herring
Once you get out of Copenhagen airport, you may think you have walked on to the set of a ninja movie. In Denmark, everyone wears black... In the summertime, you are allowed to go for a wider range of colours, even something crazily flamboyant like grey
The Danish hairstyle is casual to the point of being borderline lazy. Wake up and go
Danes do love design, and walking into many Danish homes can be like walking into the pages of an interior design magazine
Danes therefore tend to put a lot of effort and money into making their homes hyggelige. They enjoy the most living space per capita in all of Europe
One December, while I was a student… I spent the entire salary I earned that month from carrying, sawing, hammering, chopping and selling trees on a chair
The Kähler vase was an anniversary piece that was sold in a limited edition … More than 16,000 Danes tried to buy it online that day – most in vain, as the vase quickly sold out. The website crashed and people queued in long lines outside the stores that were stocking the vase; in many respects, the shoppers looked more like teenage girls fighting over tickets for a One Direction concert
The one thing that every home needs is a hyggekrog… I’ve put some cushions, a blanket, and a reindeer hide there, and I also sit there to work in the evenings
Be sure to smother those benches, chairs and windowsills in sheepskin to give them an extra layer of hygge. You may alternate between sheep and reindeer, while keeping cow skins for the floor.
With the Danes’ love of candles and wooden and other flammable things, it is no surprise that Copenhagen has been burnt to the ground on several occasions.
some say Denmark has two winters, one grey and one green
one of the most consistent patterns in happiness research is how little difference money makes
Hygge is an atmosphere which is not only unimproved by spending more money on it, but rather, in some ways, the opposite
So gather a group of people and head for the hills
In addition to hygge, Hans Christian Andersen, Lego and Danish design, Denmark is known for its love of bikes
A comprehensive study…found that people who bike to work are happier than those who drive or use public transport
dark, natural colours are hyggelige. The sight of a bright, sterile hospital…is not
This soft ð is one of the most difficult Danish sounds. The closest it comes to English is th, but with your tongue extended a little further
"Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down."
“Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happens but seldom- Benjamin Franklin”
“1. ATMOSPHERE Turn down the lights.
2. PRESENCE Be here now. Turn off the phones.
3. PLEASURE Coffee, chocolate, cookies, cakes, candy. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
4. EQUALITY "We" over "me." Share the tasks and the airtime.
5. GRATITUDE Take it in. This might be as good as it gets.
6. HARMONY It's not a competition. We already like you. There is no need to brag about your achievements.
7. COMFORT Get comfy. Take a break. It's all about relaxation.
8. TRUCE No drama. Let's discuss politics another day.
9. TOGETHERNESS Build relationships and narratives. "Do you remember the time we . . . ?"
10. SHELTER This is your tribe. This is a place of peace and security."
“ 1. A HYGGEKROG.
2. A FIREPLACE
4. THINGS MADE OUT OF WOOD
8. THINK TACTILE
10. BLANKETS AND CUSHIONS”
"All books are hyggelig, but classics written by authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Leo Tolstoy, and Charles Dickens have a special place on the bookshelf. At the right age, your kids may also love to cuddle up with you in the hyggekrog and have you read to them. Probably not Tolstoy."
“You cannot buy the right atmosphere or a sense of togetherness. You cannot hygge if you are in a hurry or stressed out, and the art of creating intimacy cannot be bought by anything but time, interest and engagement in the people around you."
“It doesn’t cost money to light a room correctly—but it does require culture”
“The best predictor of whether we are happy or not is our social relationships.”