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mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 37,341 mod
"The rest of the world seems to be slowly waking up to what Danes have been wise to for generations - that having a relaxed, cosy time with friends and family, often with coffee, cake or beer, can be good for the soul"

It's probably been around in Denmark for ages, but in the last few years it's become quite a fad. Hygge means 'cosiness' but in a wide sense. This video takes us to Copenhagen to explain Danish hygge.


However, there is debate over how exportable hygge is and it is suggested that it might not necessarily work in the UK, as people are too stressed to fully embrace the concept (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791). The Scots might be a lot more receptive to the idea though.


  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    How interesting! I wonder if it works in Asian too. Will it stand for self-content eventually ?

    By the way, did she have to use that furry huge microphone?:D
    Maybe that's a hygge too.

    How do you think about it, @danielgoodson and your friend Kris?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    Well Feng Shui isn't exactly the same, but I suppose it's similar in that it is all to do with feeling relaxed @Shiny03. However I have to say, I find the Danes have got cosiness and style down to a fine art.
  • danielgoodsondanielgoodson Posts: 13 ✭✭

    Haha yeah, that huge microphone is just hilarious!

    I really liked the video clip. It is well done and the hygge thing is just amazing!
    I wish in our country would be such a thing like hygge!

    I will have to ask Kris more details about hygge :)
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    hmm...nodding, so the point is to feel relaxed.

  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Agreed. it's amazing. @danielgoodson
    I thought you had this idea hygge in your country, because you live in a real hard-freeze country.:)

    Please share with us, if your friend says anything about it.:)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    For me, hygge is not just how you decorate your room (I have to have pictures, books, rugs and colourful textiles), but how you feel too. So a nice glass of wine, curled up preferably with the cat on your lap purring comes into it too.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I see. Thank you.:)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    From what I saw in Japan, I think there is quite a lot of hygge even if it is unrecognised or goes by another name. Or maybe that was just me @Shiny03.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not sure what you said..hmm...let me think....
    Do you mean like these as seen below?

    Cat Café

    Capsule hotel with a library

    Maid Café (She'll spoon feed you your food.)

    Cuddle Café (It allows customers to take a 20-minute cuddle nap with a girl for $40.

    Moomin Café

    Is there any place you'd like to go?:)

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    The cat cafe for one @Shiny03. I think this is such a brilliant idea, especially for frustrated cat-lovers like me. I'd love to have my own cat but someone would have to be able to look after it when I'm travelling.

    I liked the capsule hotel with a library. The one I stayed in that is in Tokyo was okay, but probably was one of the first, so not very modern. There were no power sockets for charging phones and it smelled of stale cigarette smoke, even though people weren't supposed to smoke there. I went more for the novelty as the hostels in Japan are really good.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree with you that cat cafe is quite a good idea. We also have dog cafe, owl cafe( because of the affect of
    Harry Potter), reptile cafe (I'm not sure this is a good idea for me though.:))and so on.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    A dog cafe wouldn't be the best place for me either @Shiny03. But a reptile cafe would be okay.
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Does it mean that you don't like noise?:)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    Especially those yappy lap dogs @Shiny03. No, I'm much more into the sound of cats purring. Now this for me is very hygge.

  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    haha....hmm.....so adorable....I like to hear lions' too.:D
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    It is so relaxing, don't you think @Shiny03. And what a cute cat too. Meow!
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,863 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can't agree with you more.:)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    I think these little Mongolian cats are the cutest too. They were obviously taken with the surveillance cameras.


  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,592 Inactive
    I hope those Mongolian cats are living happily.

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    Mongolian gets are quite hygge especially if it's cold and blowing a storm outside.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive
    @mheredge yes the Mongolians have a geat perspective on it
  • mounamouna Posts: 2,082 ✭✭✭
    Oh my God I don't support this a cat café ! !!!!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    Don't you like cats @mouna? I went to the nicest cat cafe in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. The cats there were obviously very well cared for and were very friendly.

  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,931 mod
    We have a cat cafe here @mouna! It's fab to see the cats wandering around playing, sleeping and interacting (or not) with us customers. There is some concern about them and I can understand why as there is no particular regulation of them yet but the one here in Nottingham is wonderful. Cats have space they can go to away from the cafe floor and there are strict rules about stroking, picking up and taking pictures. My favourite cat is Heathcliffe - https://kittycafe.co.uk/#cats

  • mounamouna Posts: 2,082 ✭✭✭
    I'm afraid from cats maybe it's a phobia.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 Inactive
    the private eye magazine had a great joke on hygge

    A great reason to read it is for its jokes
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    The Swedish have come up with an alternative word for hygge: lagom (pronounced: laaaw-gum).

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 37,341 mod
    The Danish ethos of hygge denotes momentary bliss and cosiness, but aims for contentment at specific moments. It seems tut the lifestyle industry has moved on however. The Swedish principle of lagom (pronounced: laaaw-gum) that focuses on moderation and balance has been crowned the next ‘in' word.


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