Friday, February 14, 2014

Hygge and The Almost Nearly Perfect People, by Michael Booth

I ran across the Danish word Hygge twice this week, on North of 49 , then again on this BBC Radio 4 series that was on this week.

A love of or need for hygge is an important part of the Danish psyche. Hygge is usually inadequately translated as "coziness." This is too simplistic: coziness relates to physical surroundings — a jersey can be cozy, or a warm bed — whereas hygge has more to do with people's behavior towards each other. It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality, and contentment rolled into one.

Sounds like Afternoon High Tea shared with friends to me, that might be the Brit definition. 

I listen to BBC Radio 4 on my iPad, so very interesting. You can probably listen to it for two more days.  I think you might enjoy it.

BBC Radio 4 A Series of 5 Episodes

The Almost Nearly Perfect People:  The Truth about the Nordic Miracle

Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success. 


  1. Denmark, the Happiest Country in the World

  2. Modern-Day Icelanders and Their Viking Past

  3. Norway and Its Oil Riches

  4. Enigmatic Finland

  5. Sweden, the Perfect Society






  1. Thank you so much for letting us know about this radio show! I plan on listening to it tomorrow while I have a cup of tea and work on my Olympic knitting project. A hygge moment if ever there was one! The book sounds interesting. Hopefully it becomes available in Kindle.

  2. Thanks for that. Saw that program advertised but not listened yet so will do so later with a cup of rose tea - very cozy or hygge.


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