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What is "hygge"?

New York Times answer: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/fashion/wintering-the-danish-way-learning-about-hygge.html?hp=click=Homepage=story-heading=mini-moth=top-stories-below=top-stories-below

And how long will it take for American consumerism to ruin it?

For extra credit: are kittens and puppies hyggelige? Or only long-time family-member cats and dogs? And if so, which? with reasoned answers.

December 25, 2016



no, animals are not hyggelige in general.


kittens and puppies are "nuttede" (cute) or "søde" (sweet/cute)


I think they are in Britain.


Probably because they always want to go out, and hygge seems to be about staying in.


"hygge" is a kind of contentment that steals over you when you have a feeling of being anchored in a cosy moment, where people are agreeable and everything is alright for the time being. If that includes having a purring cat on your lap, then the cat is also part of the "hygge".


The Times article took a lot longer to say essentially the same thing. (There was a dog in their picture.) Americans are already trying to find ways to make money out of this new, trendy idea.


Hygge is 'cozy' in Danish


In Denmark we have the word "uhyggelig" which means scary. it's like the opposite of "hygge". The word "hygge" is actually in the word "uHYGGElig"

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