• five scandinavian habits worth adopting

 

With Scandinavian countries consistently topping the lists of 'happiest residents' and 'quality of life' it seems only pertinent that we take a closer look at what they are doing so right. 

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

 

// diet

Due to the location of many of the scandinavian countries, and their proximity to highly fishable waters, fresh fish plays a large part of their incredibly healthy diet. With less of an environmental impact and less distance travelled from sea to plate, fish is readily available and cost efficient. Trout, herring and salmon are full of protein, omega-3s and antioxidants and feature heavily in any Nordic meal. 

Popular fruit and vegetables include sprouts, kale and cabbage - some of the most nutritional veg with high levels of antioxidants. The same goes for the local berries. Rather than importing, they feast on lingonberries, blueberries and cloudberries. For a sweet and salty twist, it's not uncommon to eat grilled fish with lingonberry jam - a double whammy in terms of omega 3.

Not only are the Norwegians, Swedes and Danes particular about what they eat, but when they eat it. We've all heard the old adage 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' but in Scandinavia it's very strictly upheld. Most households will sit together for a full and fresh homemade breakfast to set them up for the day.

Perhaps these factors contribute to their impressive obesity levels; as low as 10% in Sweden. At any rate, a fresh and tasty diet and taking the time to enjoy your breakfast are all delightful habits to consider integrating. 

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

// equality

'Janteloven' is one of those fantastic words which don't translate directly into English. It is an essential part of Scandinavian culture, which encompasses the idea that no one is better than anyone else. There is a particular focus on gender equality. When it comes to not only pay but opportunity, Scandinavian countries seem to lead the charge.

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

 

// money

Scandinavian countries are consistently some of the richest countries in Europe. Although it hasn't always been the case, they are particular and competitive about keeping their economies strong. Well funded public sectors, consistent investment in Education and an alternative attitude to work-life balance all play a part in keeping Swedes, Danes and Norwegians happy and financially stable.

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting


// chill

On any visit to Norway, you may hear the word 'kjedelig'. It's arguably the best of all the untranslatable Nordic words. Rather than being worked up about something annoying or rubbish that happened, Norwegians use this word to dismiss it as 'kind of boring'. Kjedelig is a fantastic way to describe something that you're not bothered about, and probably isn't worth your time. This attitude is something that infiltrates every sector of the National identity - essentially pretty tolerant and very chilled. 

The Danes have 'hygge' which is another lovely word (phonetically: hoo-ga) that covers all manner of things involved in relaxing and feeling comfortable. Any country that has an entire abstract philosophy around that is one of endless chill.

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting


// chat

People tout the Germans for their efficiency, but in reality the Swedish do it better. This is especially true when it comes to conversation. In order to fit in as a true Swede it will be necessary to cut out all small talk. Apart from very polite hellos, goodbyes, pleases and thank-yous, don't expect to exchange pleasantries in order to fill silence or pass time. 

This can be read by other cultures as cold, or blunt, but understand that as soon as you cross the threshold into 'real conversation' there will be no holds barred. Nothing is off limits when it comes to topic, and all will be discussed with candour. 



As long as they continue to top the charts when it comes to quality of life and work-life balance we can confidently look to them for lifestyle inspiration, even if it means sacrificing small talk about the weather.

 

 

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share via our ready-to-go tweet link.

 

images // jon flobrantclem onojeqhuomatthew henrybaim hanifmaria

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

 

With Scandinavian countries consistently topping the lists of 'happiest residents' and 'quality of life' it seems only pertinent that we take a closer look at what they are doing so right. 

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

 

// diet

Due to the location of many of the scandinavian countries, and their proximity to highly fishable waters, fresh fish plays a large part of their incredibly healthy diet. With less of an environmental impact and less distance travelled from sea to plate, fish is readily available and cost efficient. Trout, herring and salmon are full of protein, omega-3s and antioxidants and feature heavily in any Nordic meal. 

Popular fruit and vegetables include sprouts, kale and cabbage - some of the most nutritional veg with high levels of antioxidants. The same goes for the local berries. Rather than importing, they feast on lingonberries, blueberries and cloudberries. For a sweet and salty twist, it's not uncommon to eat grilled fish with lingonberry jam - a double whammy in terms of omega 3.

Not only are the Norwegians, Swedes and Danes particular about what they eat, but when they eat it. We've all heard the old adage 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' but in Scandinavia it's very strictly upheld. Most households will sit together for a full and fresh homemade breakfast to set them up for the day.

Perhaps these factors contribute to their impressive obesity levels; as low as 10% in Sweden. At any rate, a fresh and tasty diet and taking the time to enjoy your breakfast are all delightful habits to consider integrating. 

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

// equality

'Janteloven' is one of those fantastic words which don't translate directly into English. It is an essential part of Scandinavian culture, which encompasses the idea that no one is better than anyone else. There is a particular focus on gender equality. When it comes to not only pay but opportunity, Scandinavian countries seem to lead the charge.

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting

 

// money

Scandinavian countries are consistently some of the richest countries in Europe. Although it hasn't always been the case, they are particular and competitive about keeping their economies strong. Well funded public sectors, consistent investment in Education and an alternative attitude to work-life balance all play a part in keeping Swedes, Danes and Norwegians happy and financially stable.

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting


// chill

On any visit to Norway, you may hear the word 'kjedelig'. It's arguably the best of all the untranslatable Nordic words. Rather than being worked up about something annoying or rubbish that happened, Norwegians use this word to dismiss it as 'kind of boring'. Kjedelig is a fantastic way to describe something that you're not bothered about, and probably isn't worth your time. This attitude is something that infiltrates every sector of the National identity - essentially pretty tolerant and very chilled. 

The Danes have 'hygge' which is another lovely word (phonetically: hoo-ga) that covers all manner of things involved in relaxing and feeling comfortable. Any country that has an entire abstract philosophy around that is one of endless chill.

 

five scandinavian habits worth adopting


// chat

People tout the Germans for their efficiency, but in reality the Swedish do it better. This is especially true when it comes to conversation. In order to fit in as a true Swede it will be necessary to cut out all small talk. Apart from very polite hellos, goodbyes, pleases and thank-yous, don't expect to exchange pleasantries in order to fill silence or pass time. 

This can be read by other cultures as cold, or blunt, but understand that as soon as you cross the threshold into 'real conversation' there will be no holds barred. Nothing is off limits when it comes to topic, and all will be discussed with candour. 



As long as they continue to top the charts when it comes to quality of life and work-life balance we can confidently look to them for lifestyle inspiration, even if it means sacrificing small talk about the weather.

 

 

If you enjoyed reading our post, feel free to share via our ready-to-go tweet link.

 

images // jon flobrantclem onojeqhuomatthew henrybaim hanifmaria

 

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