Michael Dean

Originally from the U.K., Michael moved to Copenhagen for work nearly a decade ago. One of the most striking differences for him was how trusting the people are in Denmark, and he believes hygge has something to do with that. While hygge is a catalyst to make things cozy, he hasn’t always appreciated it, since oftentimes Danes struggle to branch out of their small social circles.

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“Personally, I’m not always a fan of hygge,” he explains. “To me, it can represent a slightly closed nature some Danes have, where they’d rather stick with their old friends instead of making new ones. There’s an expression of ‘out is good, but home is best,’ which although can be pleasant and wholesome, is also a bit at odds with me.”