Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) comes from a Danish word meaning “to give courage, comfort, joy”. Join Professor Claus E. Andersen from UW-Madison as he answers the questions of what is hygge and how does it relate to happiness and health? In this talk, he will introduce the concept of hygge, explain how it relates to the Scandinavian way of life, and show what Americans can learn from it.
Professor Andersen is a native Dane who came to Wisconsin in August 2017. He has been teaching in the field of Scandinavian Studies for more than 15 years at places like the University of Minnesota, UCLA, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Helsinki in Finland. He conducts research on Scandinavian culture, history, and literature.