There are candles out in Denmark all over the place, lit, even during the daytime - mostly placed next to doorways and entranceways.

They look like little lanterns - almost like these:

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If this was anywhere else you might assume someone had died there but that's obviously not the case here.

What are these candles all about?


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Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.


Candles are an integral part of hygge, and the Danes love to burn candles all year round. Some people say that the concept of hygge started somewhere, with a source of light in the middle, and people huddling together, to keep warm.


“Danes take hygge lighting and design very seriously,” agrees the British Ambassador to Denmark, Vivien Life, who had a crash course in hygge when she took up the role in 2012. “Lights are used to make spaces feel relaxed and warm, and you see a lot of low-slung dining-room table lamps as well out here.”

Hope that solves it.

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    As a Dane, I will confidently say that this standard soundbite doesn't connect to the photo in the question in the least. Candles in doorways and entranceways are not particularly connected to "hygge". In fact the question has me stupefied, since I have never noticed any particular placement of candles in such positions, but Gayot's suggestion that the OP may have run into a (posisbly local or regional) kyndelmisse tradition sounds plausible. Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 14:04
  • I agree with Henning Makholm, I am also a bit puzzled that this should be a general thing. To me, for "hygge" candles indoors seem more likely. But it looks nice though!
    – nsandersen
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 10:49

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