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Hygge is an integral part of Scandinavian culture that doesn’t have a direct translation in English. Loosely translated from Danish as “cosiness,” hygge is a cultural concept that doesn’t only describe the atmosphere of a place. It is also a state of mind when you feel comfortable, warm, and content, especially when you’re with a group of close friends or family members. In addition to company, the setting of a place is also a contributor to hygge, and you will notice that most (if not all) homes in Scandinavia are designed to feel hygge. While the concept evolved from a need to survive the cold, dark Nordic winters, I don’t consider it to be exclusive to temperate climates. There are ways to feel comfortable and “warm” despite the hot and muggy weather in the tropics. Some elements can still be used in tropical climates while others should be omitted altogether…