Photographer's Note

After a long period of dark and grey days the sun was finally shining last Sunday and I had to go to Denmark to visit one of my favorite places, the cozy harbor of Hoeruphav where I enjoyed the special feeling of Danish coziness, "Hygge", which is a Danish phenomenon! It is as important to the Danes as "saudade" is to the Portuguese or “chic” to the French. It is one of the fundamental aspects of Danish culture, and although translated as "coziness" it has no exact English equivalent. Hygge is a complete absence of anything annoying, irritating, or emotionally overwhelming, and the pleasure from comforting, gentle, and soothing things. It is actually the one thing, which helps us to comprehend the true spirit of the Danes.
I think that "Hygge" is an art, and I would define it as the Art of Creating Intimacy. Some nationalities are easily and unrestrainedly intimate - like the Italians – or not at all – like the Germans. (And in my next life I will become a Dane I can assure you!)
Taking pride in what you have now and not just what you dream are part of Danish life and Hygge.
And the good thing about Hygge is that you can apply it anywhere. Danes allocate it generously to everything commonplace.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2008-12-07
  • Categories: Natura
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2008-12-12 6:23
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Points: 108
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