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The Scandinavians totally owned last winter with hygge, the wellbeing trend we couldn’t get enough of. Now summer’s here it’s time to get familiar with another healthy-living Scandi concept – prepare for ‘friluftsliv’

There was no escaping the Danish philosophy of hygge last winter – perhaps not surprisingly given how it basically gave us permission to snuggle up indoors with friends, enjoying roaring fires, hot chocolate and cashmere jumpers. But now summer has finally hit our shores, the Norwegian ethos of friluftsliv is much more suitable. Norway has just topped the table as the happiest country in the world, too, so is it time we got friluftsliv all figured out?

What is friluftsliv?

Translated, friluftsliv means ‘free air life’, but it is much more than simply spending time outdoors. The phrase first appeared in 1859 in a poem by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, On The Heights, which described a feeling of craving to be outside in nature. ‘Friluftsliv is about feeling the joy of being out in nature, alone or with others, experiencing pleasure and harmony with the surroundings,’ says friluftsliv expert Børge Dahle in Nature First: Outdoor Life And The Friluftsliv Way (Natural Heritage, £15.99).

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Embrace a #naturalsummer with the August issue of Healthy, which helps you maximise the wellbeing benefits of summer. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know for your summer holidays, including your summer beauty 'capsule' bag, plus why being outside = a natural happiness boost. Also, we've rounded up a whole list of salad supper under 300 calories to keep you trim, plus the best veggie burgers to enjoy at those BBQs. Read all about it – we chat to Sadie Frost on why she's swapped late night partying for morning yoga, and we catch up with Delicious Ella in her regular column. Find out more in the brand new issue of healthy.