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    • Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word with a unique definition (although very similar to the Dutch word Gezelligheid). "Hygge" as a noun includes a feeling, a social atmosphere, and an action. The word is also used in compositions as "Julehygge" (Christmas-hygge). "Hygge" is also a verb e.g. "Lets hygge" and as an adjective e.g. "A small, hyggeligt house with grass on the roof".

      The noun "Hygge" includes something nice, cozy, safe and known, referring to a psychological state. "Hygge" is a state where all psychological needs are in balance. The antonym of hygge is uhyggelig, which translates as "scary".

      Collins English Dictionary named hygge the runner-up (after Brexit) as word of the year in UK in 2016. This followed a period with quite a lot of books sent to the British market focusing on hygge.Collins defines the word as "a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing".



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