Scandinavia is the Northern region in Europe that includes Sweden,Denmark and Norway. Cold countries but with warm people. These people often live in harmony with nature and with love for their fellow man. Family and friends are the most important thing in their lives. We can certainly learn from that. Find out some of the most beautiful Scandinavian sayings here. We translate them into English so that everyone can understand them.
8 SCANDINAVIAN SAYINGS
Friendship doubles the joy and divides the grief
The literal translation is “Friendship doubles the pleasure and halves the sadness” and we can only agree with that! Like us, they find friendship hugely important in northern Europe. You have fun together and you get through difficult periods together.
A life without love is like a year without summer
You need love. Both friendly and relational. It warms you like the sun, it makes your life lighter and makes you shine with happiness. Hence this comparison with summer.
Nature is not in a hurry. Still everything falls into place
Nature is in no hurry and yet everything is getting rid of it. It in wonderful how the rhythm of nature works. From nature you can get so much wisdom and they have understood that in Scandinavia. One of our favorite Scandinavian sayings!
Fika – slow down and enjoy the good things in life
Fika is a Swedish word that has many meanings. The bottom line is that you have to take it easy and enjoy the small, good things of life. Like a nice cup of coffee.
Lagom – Not too little nor too much, just right
Another Swedish word with a lot of wisdom to take from is lagom. This means as much as “the right quantity”. Not too much or not too little, something in between is good. With us, this proverb is known as “excess harms”.
Happiness is a place between too much and too little
One that fits nicely with or confirms what the previous quote says is this Finnish statement. Again proof that you don’t have too much and not too little to be happy. Something in between is perfect.
The morning is wiser than the evening
We know this proverb as the phrase “We will sleep on it for another night”. It means you don’t just make an important decision. You’re thinking about it instead of making a hasty decision. People who do that are wiser. We can compare this proverb to “Time will give advice”.
It’s not what we have in life but who we have in our life that matters
You can’t help but agree with these Scandinavian sayings. It doesn’t matter how much you own but what people you have around you. We know this proverb as ‘money does not make happy’.