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In both Danish and Norwegian, hygge (pronounced HUE-gə or HOO-gə) refers to "a form of everyday togetherness", "a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow". It is distinct from but very similar to the feeling and state referred to with the Dutch word gezelligheid.
Collins English Dictionary named hygge the runner-up (after Brexit) as word of the year in the 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".
- Interweavings – A cultural phenomenology of everyday consumption and social atmosphere within Danish middleclass families, Jeppe Trolle Linnet, 2010
- Hjalmar Falk og Alf Torp (1903): Etymologisk ordbog over det norske og det danske sprog. Aschehoug, Kristiania, s. 315
- "Top 10 Collins Word of the Year 2016". collinsdictionary.com. 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
- Cartier-Morley, Jess (2016-10-18). "Hygge – a soothing balm for the traumas of 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-11-07.