Hygge, and Lykke, and Lagom, Oh My! – A Scandinavian Round-Up

hygge, lykke, lagom, Swedish death cleaning

That’s a wrap on our Scandinavian adventure! We’ve hit hygge, lykke, lagom, Swedish death cleaning, and even a taste of ostkaka! This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but in case you’re joining us for the first time, here’s a recap on this past month:


Hygge is about being present, spending time with people you love (or even yourself, for some much needed alone time). Having a comfortable space that reminds you of the safety of home. (For those who had a less than stellar childhood, any place that makes you feel protected and allows you to lower your guard, if only for a while.)




Lykke is a more academic study on the components of happiness and how we can increase our happiness by minding these different components. There is a lot of overlap between lykke and hygge; while I would recommend either book, hygge is about practical applications and lykke is for people who want a slightly deeper understanding of themselves and happiness.









Lagom moves us from Denmark to Sweden, and instead of certain aspects of life, aims for a holistic balance. There are many similarities between hygge and lagom, but it is also a slightly different take on those concepts.

Swedish Death Cleaning

After applying hygge, lykke, and lagom to our lives, we arrive at the end of what was hopefully a rich, meaningful, and fulfilling life. Swedish death cleaning is one of the final projects to tackle before we move on. This is a great read for any adult; it forces you, if only for a moment, to think about your life as a whole, and where you want to be at the end of the journey. It’s more philosophy and wisdom than it is a practical guide to cleaning. If you only read one of these books, make it this one.



This is an added bonus: food! I saw a recipe for ostkaka in one of the books on lagom, so of course I made it. Ostkaka is a quiche-omelette hybrid that translates to “cheesecake.” The recipe sounded like something I would enjoy eating. Turns out, it wasn’t, but that’s neither here nor there. Food is always welcome in my world.


I really enjoyed reading these books; it’s been an eye-opening month. Not only is it different from the hybrid culture I was raised in, it aligns with the values I currently have and the life I want to live in the future. I’m working to overcome lifelong habits and incorporate concepts and aspects that resonate with me. It’s not going to be easy, and I’ll definitely relapse many times, but it’s something I want to aspire to.

Which of these were your favorite? Do you have recommendations for other books?

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Comments (3)

  • Katie 2 years ago Reply

    Seems like hygge has been everywhere lately! I should definitely make an effort to learn more about it, thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  • Lyn 2 years ago Reply

    I haven’t checked in on your lovely blog for a while so I was intrigued by your Scandinavian month. All these books sound like ones I would want to read, and the values certainly sound like they align with my own.

    Lily 2 years ago Reply

    Thank you Lyn! I feel the same way – the reason I picked them up was because these were values I wanted to develop more :). Hope you enjoy the books! I definitely recommend checking them out.

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