The Year of Hygge, the Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy // The New Yorker

Hygge (pronounced "hoo-guh"), a Danish term defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being,” is said to have no direct translation in English, though "cozy" comes close.

It was a finalist on the Oxford Dictionaries' 2016 Word of the Year shortlist, and for good reason—over the last year, the concept of hygge has become something of a global obsession. For a closer look at this uniquely Danish concept and its international appeal, check out this article from The New Yorker: