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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



"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.


feeling anchored and feeling contentment are at the very heart of 'hygge' and the Times article didn't get that. I can't imagine a catalogue of products that lead to 'hygge', no matter how fuzzy or knitted they are!


maybe healthcare for everyone is necessary for 'hygge' to really work.


no, animals are not hyggelige in general.


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


I think they are in Britain.


The British have a reputation for being animal lovers. There was a Royal Society for the Protection of Animals before there was one for children.

Look at the books they are raised on: Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit et al.), Black Beauty, The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, the Just So Storiies, Lassie Come-Home, ... The animals are not cute, they're morally superior to most of the humans in them.

So, are children hyggelige?


children do not fall under the meaning of hyggelig either. Hyggelig is not the same as cute


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


I am not Danish, but I would bet if I took a Dane out on skis on a frozen over lake in the sunlight, dug out sofas in the snow, made a fire in the middle and then grilled some hot dogs and washed them down with hot chocolate spiked with rum, they would be hard pressed to not agree the whole experience was pretty hygge.

Do correct me if I'm wrong.


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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