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Scandinavian Secrets to Loving Winter

Scandinavian Secrets to Loving Winter

                                   Published on August 5th, 2019

Have you been feeling unwell lately or can’t seem to shake that cold? Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) could be the cause. SBS is the combination of toxins that lead to an unhealthy or toxic indoor environment, and it’s prevalent in homes across Australia. We could have the cure for you.

Have you had enough of winter? One of our writers recently spent time in Scandanavia and realised that Aussies are doing winter all wrong! We show you how to be inspired this August to appreciate the cold.

Embrace the Koselig

Norwegians have this concept called Koselig, and it is the key to thriving in winter. Koselig is hard to translate, but it’s all about cosiness, warmth, intimacy and comfort. Think candles, music, open fires, cosy blankets, cups of tea (or in Norway, endless cups of coffee), mulled wine and good conversation with familiar people. When the world is cold and uncomfortable, having a home that is warm and cosy makes life so much better! Norwegians will go to great lengths to make things Koselig. There is a Netflix show popular in Norway that is just a two hour recording of a cat dozing in front of a crackling fire. Koselig finds a way!

Be House Proud

In winter, we tend to spend more time in our homes, so it becomes more important that they’re a nice environment, especially when having friends over. The homes I visited in Norway and Sweden tended to have a pretty high level of cleanliness – and that made all the difference. Now things don’t have to be spotless or minimalist, but removing clutter and dirt goes a long way to making your home feel like a koselig and peaceful environment. This doesn’t need to be super hard. Here are our top habits to keeping your home fresh and clean.

Get outside

Despite Norway’s unpredictable and wild weather, Norwegians have a huge culture of getting outdoors, no matter the weather. On my most recent trip, my husband ended up running up and down a small mountain with my Norwegian friends – in the pouring rain!

Norwegians have a famous saying: “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær” – “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” In Australia, it feels like we have the opposite culture: Instead of preparing for bad weather, we just say “She’ll be right,” and tough it out. But it turns out that staying warm and dry through cold, wind and rain can improve the experience! Who knew?

So invest in some good quality clothing (op shops are great for this). A good rain jacket, thermal under layers, a cosy woollen jumper, a thick jacket and good socks will make all the difference! And once you’ve bundled up, get out and enjoy the beautiful nature that Australia has to offer.

Go for Fika

You might have heard of Swedish Fika. Quintessential fika means having a coffee and a Swedish pastry at a café with a friend. At its core fika is about taking the time to slow down, enjoy life and be social. Swedish offices even have two half hour fika breaks every day, where everyone will stop working and connect over coffee and cake.

There’s nothing better on a cold or rainy day than hiding out in a cosy café with a friend and sharing coffee and something yummy. If you ask me, fika is the perfect cure for the winter blues!

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