local customs – What are the candles outside in Denmark about?

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.


Candles are an integral part of hygge, and the Danes love to burn candles all year round. Some people say that the concept of hygge started somewhere, with a source of light in the middle, and people huddling together, to keep warm.

Creating HYGGE with scented candles

“Danes take hygge lighting and design very seriously,” agrees the British Ambassador to Denmark, Vivien Life, who had a crash course in hygge when she took up the role in 2012. “Lights are used to make spaces feel relaxed and warm, and you see a lot of low-slung dining-room table lamps as well out here.”

Hope that solves it.