How ’bout some Friluftsliv

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Friluftsliv translates directly from Norwegian as “free air life,” which doesn’t quite do it justice. Coined relatively recently, in 1859, it is the concept that being outside is good for human beings’ mind and spirit. “It is a term in Norway that is used often to describe a way of life that is spent exploring and appreciating nature,” Anna Stoltenberg, culture coordinator for Sons of Norway, a U.S.-based Norwegian heritage group, told MNN. Other than that, it’s not a strict definition: it can include sleeping outside, hiking, taking photographs or meditating, playing or dancing outside, for adults or kids. It doesn’t require any special equipment, includes all four seasons, and needn’t cost much money. Practicing friluftsliv could be as simple as making a commitment to walking in a natural area five days a week, or doing a day-long hike once a month.

From 7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S. published on 12/30/14 over at Mother Nature Network.



3 thoughts on “How ’bout some Friluftsliv

  1. Wow! I love that the Norwegians have been able to “call this out” as a practice! I agree and it explains to me the sense of joy I had walking around Savannah (a bit more urban, but it has more humongous trees than anywhere I’ve ever been and the 21 squares a wee parks that one can’t help but admire. And for me, architecture counts, too.) Love it, look forward to sharing – appreciate you exposing us to this awesome idea!

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