Etymologically, it comes from a Finnish root word that implies “inner” or “inside.” In Finnish culture, it’s about adopting the attitude of persistence and determination.
It’s often described as stoic determination, the tenacity of purpose, grit, and resilience.
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Their population enjoys a healthy work-life balance, high standards of living with less pressure, less stress, and more time for everything they enjoy and love doing.
It's part of the Swedish culture. It means “Not too little. Not too much. Just right.”
The concept encourages an overarching balance across our lives: everything in moderation.
In both Danish and Norwegian, 'hygge' means “to give courage, comfort, joy”.
In Denmark, 'hygge' is a central part of the culture. It’s about giving your responsible, stressed-out self a break to live in the moment and enjoy your immediate environment.
This is the Danish word for “happiness.”
The concept teaches that happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a habit. It’s what we do to make everything else in life awesome.
The Danes have better work-life balance than anywhere else in the world, with only 2 per cent regularly working long hours (compared to an average figure of 13 per cent for other countries).
All employees are entitled to a minimum of five weeks paid holiday a year, and when Danes are at work, they often have flexible working environments.