According to USN News one of Denmark’s Magic Words is how to deal with the pandemic.
“Samfundssind” – considering the needs of society over oneself – reflects Danish societal values useful in combating a pandemic.
Marie Helweg-Larsen says that “In recent years, the English-speaking world has found two Danish concepts, “pyt” and “hygge,” useful for dealing with anxiety and stress. Now another Danish word – “samfundssind” – might help countries grapple with the pandemic.
In March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, Danish Prime MinisterMette Frederiksen urgedall Danes to show “samfundssind,” which means to consider the needs of society above your own. In English, it roughly translates to community spirit, civic engagement or civic-mindedness.”
Marie goes on to explain that before the pandemic, samfundssind was a relatively obscure word that was rarely, if ever, used. It first appeared in a Danish…
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