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For Swedish people like me, the traditional midsummer celebration is the essence of ‘hygge’, but its philosophy goes far beyond an annual lunch in the garden: it is a mentality shared by all Viking descendants.
This is backed up by several studies which have found that those who exercise outdoors are more likely to keep up a consistent routine.
Maybe, if you’re lucky enough to know one, it’s our obsession with Midsummer’s Eve.
The annual event when we get together to make our own flower-crowns and gather family and friends around a long table for a meal outdoors, which will inevitably include at least three types of herring and two types of salmon washed down with aquavit. Well, there’s no direct translation: hygge – pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ – is a Nordic word that describes ‘a feeling of cosiness and content’, and ‘enjoying the good things in life with good people around you’.
What first springs to mind when you think about Scandinavians?
Genetically blessed blondes, pickled fish and a functioning welfare state?
The Nordic diet was all the rage long before hygge hugged the nation, based on the staples of Scandinavian cuisine.