The word “hygge” does not translate into English. What conclusions can you draw about cultural differences based on the idea that there is no English word for “hygge”?
Denmark is the happiest country on Earth, according to the United Nations, which may seem odd for a small, subarctic kingdom where the winter sun often sets before 4 p.m. Yet Danes are almost defiantly merry. Not only did their country rank No. 1 in both the 2013 U.N.
The vague cultural concept doesn’t translate easily into English, but it has helped Denmark become the ‘happiest country on Earth’ despite long, dark winters.