Cassidy Youngberg Feels the Hygge in Copenhagen

I had the good fortune to meet Cassidy, a student at Providence College. She was about to embark on a semester in Copenhagen, and I asked her to write a brief piece for me.

Cassidy in Copenhagen

Cassidy in Copenhagen

The creative city of Copenhagen is a wonderful place to live as a young adult. The brightly colored homes and man-made canals are just small elements of its unique beauty.

Its people are flowing with progressive ideas and altered thinking. Not only is all schooling free, but the government will actually pay for higher education. Although this demonstrates that the Danes are hardworking individuals, relaxation is a key part of their society.

Tucked in the winding cobblestone streets are crowded cafes. Small families and social teenagers drink their lattes and eat their flaky pastries while huddled around a candle lit flame. This exemplifies the Danish lifestyle trend of hygge.

Although there is no equivalent English world for hygge, it translates to something of coziness. You can feel it when around the dinner table with family or when you are nestled next to a fire with a book in hand. We have all felt this warm feeling, but the Danes integrate the concept into all aspects of society. It takes one away from the busy workday and allows focus on personal wholeness. Hygge promotes social equality and a feeling of togetherness: two foundations on which Denmark is built.

There is much to be learned from the Danish society. Whether it’s the free and developed health care or its environmentally friendly policies, the United States could benefit from these progressive ideas.

We all could use a little more hygge in our lives.

© 2017

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:05+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Stories of the 1940's and 1950's|6 Comments


  1. Honey Chapman May 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Very interesting. This article made me want to visit. You game , Ed?

    • Ed May 1, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Yes, indeed. Let’s go!

  2. Dave Harvey May 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Honey Chapman needs to address the US Congress!

    • Ed May 2, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Agree. She could make something happen!

  3. Frank Joly May 2, 2017 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Dr. Ed,

    Sounds like a great place to visit.

    The young Lady did a fine job with her critique.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ed May 2, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Agree. A fine young lady with a great future ahead.

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