It’s November, which means that, in the northern hemisphere, the cold is here and winter is coming. We thought his would be an opportune time to talk about some of the special ways different peoples keep warm around the world – besides the obvious putting on some mittens and plugging in your heater, of course!
1. Denmark: Where Keeping Warm is an Art
By now, you probably know how to hygge (pronounced HOO-ga). In recent years, the hygge, a Danish concept wherein one harnesses the bitter winter cold to generate a profound sensation of coziness and well-being, has made quite an international splash. But we would be remiss if we didn’t give our old friend, the hygge, a nod.
For those who skipped the hype, the hygge, in action, looks like wearing thick, plushy clothing; sipping hot, comforting beverages from mirthful mugs; and creating a bright atmosphere. This may sound like something you already do in the winter. The point, with hygge, is doing it as a conscious behavior.
2. Arctic and Antarctic Indigenous Peoples: Pile on the Meat
Peoples living in the polar regions (like Yaghans, Inuits, and Nenets) share some techniques for keeping warm that are rather exclusive – because they’re genetic:
- > They can consume an amount of fat that would make members of most other ethnicities ill
- > They subsist almost entirely on meat
- > And they have faster metabolisms that generate more body heat
While you can’t change your genes, you can still glean some valuable cold weather tips. And these tips would all, essentially, tie back to one: the basic understanding that a balanced diet, in the winter, naturally tends to include a relatively higher amount of protein and healthy fats.
3. Norway: No Fear of the Dark!
Like many geographically northern or southernmost nations, Norway doesn’t just have uncompromising temperatures as a factor in the winter. It also has the serious problem of a total lack of light – for three months. November to February is what Norwegians know as (not to use the Norwegian translation) “the dark period.”
Resulting cases of seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D deficiencies are managed by one ingredient Norwegians swear by: Tran. It’s cod liver oil – although it has an off-putting taste and smell, the practice is to have one spoonful at breakfast every day. And that’s what takes the place of sunlight.
Keep Warm and Translate
Concepts like the hygge swept across the world through languages services like book, video, and marketing localization. Similar phenomena happen in the realms of law, business, and scientific endeavors. For business translation services at the best translation company, make sure to come hygge with us this winter!
About Language Connections:
Language Connections is one of the top language service companies in the US. Over the last 30 years, we’ve focused on providing the best business translation services, interpreting services, localization services, as well as interpreter training and customized language training programs. In addition to top-tier corporate language training, we offer certified corporate interpreters and professional business translation services in 200+ languages. Our network includes linguists with backgrounds in all major industries. They’re ready to meet your needs, whether they’re for technical translation services, legal translation, government translation services, international development translation services, education translation services, life sciences translation, or something else. Reach out to us today for a free quote on our cost-efficient and timely translation services, interpreters, or other linguistic services.
Language Connections Inc.
2001 Beacon Street, Suite 105,
Boston, MA 02135