What is Danish Hygge?

In desperate need of a screwdriver to put batteries in to my bubble machine (very important scavenger prop?!) I headed into a cobblers to borrow a screwdriver, meeting a fellow Northern Brit behind the counter I started asking for advice on some of the challenges I was yet to complete. The biggest one…

So WHAT is this Danish Hygge?

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‘You need to ask a Dane for that one, head across to the British shop (ironic) and talk to my Danish friend, she will be able to help you out’.

So off I trotted to chat to Abigail for some advice on Danish Hygge. After about 5 minutes  of repeating the word we finally realised I was pronouncing it ALL wrong. It is pronounced ‘Hoo – G’ NOT ‘Hi – Gee’ as I was pronouncing it… oops.

Here was what she said (paraphrased)

‘Hygge is so hard to explain, it is that warm feeling, that sense of real cosiness, sat next to a fire at Christmas with your family, drinking a mug of hot chocolate’.

Hygge sounds fun to me, but how am I supposed to show sitting by a fire at Christmas when it is over 20 degrees outside and I’m wearing flipflops? But I have tried and after chatting to a few people, here are some photos I think sum up that Danish feeling of Hygge.

‘Relaxing on a Saturday with your wife, not a care in the world’

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I saw this man from afar and was instantly drawn to his happy smiling face. A massive wash of hygge spreading across his face. #HappyDanes

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Saturday afternoon in the park, sunshine, friends, laughs. These girls said ‘this’ was definitely Hygge.

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A cosy snuggle with his daughter in the park. Bless.

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So Danes… do these pictures some up hygge? or am I way off?

One thing is certain I love the idea of this word we don’t have in English and will be bringing it back to the UK (if I can get the pronunciation right)… I almost can’t wait for Christmas again?!

Here is how I think I experienced hygge this weekend…

Live music, smiling faces, brilliant blogger friends, pure happiness.

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Happy hygge all :) x

I was experiencing Hygge thanks to Go Visit Denmark for organising an incredible weekend away with three other top bloggers.

Comments

    • jlowthrop says

      Brilliant. Thanks Susanne. I love the idea of hygge. We need a word like this in English or perhaps we can just steal your word :)

  1. says

    Aw, I like the sound of Danish Hygge. I thought it was going to be some kind of Danish haggis but this is much nicer! Let’s start using this word in the UK.

    • jlowthrop says

      Yes we definitely need to bring this word to the UK. Haha at thinking it was Haggis, I hadn’t even thought of that but totally see it :)

      See you for that Hygge feeling soon :)

  2. Mrs t Curtis says

    For me (as a dane) “hygge” involves lot of candles, light the fire, good food, wine, good company and maybe some soft saxophone jazz on the CD player. This of course in the wintertime…

    • Jen Lowthrop says

      Sounds perfect. I plan on doing that when I return home and it is really cold. Right now though Hygge is lying on a beach with a cocktail in the sun 😉

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