ENSAMHET. I have posted several times about the Swedish word “lagom”. I quoted Dick Weisfelder here: “There is a Swedish concept called ‘lagom’ meaning roughly to be enough or to be sufficient that explains why other values than wealth (including leisure and family time) regularly enter the discourse.”

In his review, Gooley cites as one of the “gems” in Stilgoe’s book his pointing out the Swedish word ensamhet, which Stilgoe defines as the “restorative, relaxing effect of being solitary and thoughtful, but not lonely.”

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