“THERE ARE A lot of similarities between the Danes and the Irish,” says Meik Wiking. “You have the word ‘craic’ which is quite close to the Danish ‘hygge’.”
Hygge – or craic, if you prefer – is what Meik Wiking describes as “the art of creating a nice atmosphere”. In his eyes, it’s also central to the fact that Denmark has repeatedly ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world.
Wiking is the author of The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, and CEO of the Happiness Research Institute. There, they carry out research on how to improve quality of life.
He was in Dublin to launch The Danish Experiment, a web series created by Carlsberg which will follow four eclectic Irish personalities as they explore the Danish way of living, learning what makes them so different to their European counterparts.
The series will see street artist Maser, stylist and interior designer Jo Linehan, food trailblazer Kevin Powell and Kodaline bassist Jay Boland all discover what they can learn from Copenhagen to take to their creative careers back home.
So, what could Ireland learn from the Danish way? We asked Wiking to share his life lessons: