An Introduction to the Scandinavian Way of Living

By 18th October 2017Trends

This time last year we were all talking about Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) and how it requires consciousness and the ability to recognize and enjoy the moment. Now there are some ‘new’ words out there, have you come across Lykke, Fika or Lagom? Okay, so they’re not quite new, but they’ve recently hit our radar – and it’s the perfect opportunity to share pictures of this lovely conservatory we built in Denmark.

Lykke: pronounced ‘lee-kah’

This Danish words means ‘happy’ or ‘happiness’ – Meik Wiking author of ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ has written another, ‘The Little Book of Lykke’ and he’s provided us with 5 ways we can be a little more ‘Lykke’.

  1. Togetherness – spend more time with others who make you smile
  2. Money – be realistic, people always want more money, but if you don’t set your expectations so high, you learn to enjoy what you have in life
  3. Health – don’t fear life, but make the most of it
  4. Freedom – making your own choices and having control over what you want to enjoy, can make you feel very ‘Lykke’
  5. Co-operation – be nice to people, give as much to others as you’d expect in return

Sweden also have their own set of words; Fika and Lagom

Fika: pronounced ‘fee-kah’

Fika introduces us to the art of a Swedish coffee break. Fika isn’t just a coffee break; it’s a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life – take a break, with a cup of coffee and a fine baked good to accompany it. As written in Fika: The art of the Swedish Coffee Break, “you can do it alone, you can do it with friends. You can do it at home, in a park or at work. But the essential thing is that you do it, that you make time to take a break: that’s what Fika is all about.”

Lagom: pronounced ‘lar-gom’

Lagom is the Swedish version of ‘Hygge’, however, instead of a feeling or a moment it’s a way of living. It can be translated to ‘just the right amount’, it’s approach to life as a whole. Ikea have introduced their own project ‘Live Lagom’ to teach people how to make life more sustainable, creating products to help save energy, save water, reduce waste and live a healthier lifestyle.

Perhaps you can be a little more Lagom in your home? Why not place some plants and greenery inside, they help purify the air, improve mood and they look great; it’s also easier for them to thrive in a garden room or conservatory. By living more Lagom and experimenting with Fika, hopefully you’ll feel more Lykke.