What is Koselig and How to Live it This Winter

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Koselig is a Norwegian concept of joy and if you’re not already familiar with it, it’s time to learn how to apply it to your own life this winter.

It’s one of those words that just don’t translate into English. Koselig (a noun) or kose (a verb) can partially be described with English word cozy, though it doesn’t cover the whole meaning.

Among the elements of koselig are:

  • drinking morning tea
  • open fire, fireplace or wood burner
  • warm sweaters
  • afternoon coffee and cake break
  • lighting candles
  • going camping
  • family lunch on Sunday


As you can see, koselig is as much about people and experiences as it is about creating a cozy atmosphere. Yes, it’s similar to Danish hygge, but Norwegians also use the word hyggelig and it has another meaning in their country – they say hyggelig å treffe deg when they are pleased to meet someone.


Simple and wholesome food, pleasant drinks and dear people in a candle-lit home are all you need to be kose this winter!