As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.
Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with and taking proper care of what you’ve got, including your well-being, relationships, and possessions. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives through making optimal decisions.
Full of insights and beautiful photographs, taken by Lola herself, this authentic book will help you make small, simple changes to your every day life – whether that’s your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home – so you can have a more balanced way of living filled with contentment.
Lagom is a deep-set part of Swedish culture, it cultivates a clean, intelligent way of living inside and out. This sense of balance and sustainability is concisely explained in this book as well as its context in Swedish society and beyond into the wider world.
The presentation of this succinct work is sharp, clear, and colourful throughout sprinkled with plenty of illustrations and some great photos of both scenery, food and everything in between. It truly makes the reader yearn for a visit to Sweden to soak it all in and go hiking.
There is a comprehensive look at the different ways in which Lagom is invested in many lifestyle choices including; food, health, fashion, work, money and nature, to name a few. It shows that unlike for other countries – my own included – this is not just a trend but an ingrained way of living.
There is no bad weather, there are only bad clothes
Although interesting, I’m still not convinced about Lagom. I like the ideas about sustainability and working within one’s means but really that is common sense and as such isn’t original to Swedish culture but can be seen as far back as ancient Greece.
It is however an interesting look into the social and conscious personality of the Swedes so is rewarding in that aspect. It makes one wonder how the increasing wave of immigrants will affect this balance especially as some choose not to integrate in their new country’s ways. Time will tell of course and this interesting and informative read did surprise me with what I got out of it, which is perhaps the best thing we can get out of a book.