Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Life Book Giveaway

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Do you know the power of lagom? Lagom, the special Swedish phrase that means “not too much, not too little, just right”.

Lagom is a huge part of the Swedish culture. You will get the sense of it when you visit because everything is there is just, well, lagom! There is no reason we can’t achieve it ourselves, for those of us who don’t live in Sweden.

The book “Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Life“, which comes out in Europe this weekend (but not until October in the US), is exactly what you need to experience lagom in your life.

The author being Swedish herself, and now living outside of Sweden, has experienced both the lagom culture and cultures that may need a bit more of lagom in them.

The book starts with describing what lagom exactly is, how Swedes use it, and the history of lagom. After the overview, each chapter dives into details of lagom in everyday life, such as Food & Festivities, Work life, Finances, Beauty & Fashion, and much more.

From finances to keeping your household tidy, Lagom will teach you all that you need to know to try and keep this balance in your life. (And yes, fika is an important part of it!)

This book is absolutely lagom. It covers the topic perfectly, and throughout the book, there are sprinkles of beautiful images of the Swedish culture. Just lagom!

Because we all need more lagom in our life, I’m giving away one book to one of our lucky readers!

How to Enter

It is easy to enter! Use these 4 ways to tell me why you need lagom in your life. You can have up to 4 entry tickets, and the winner will be selected at random.

  1. Send a tweet to @SwedishFreak.
  2. Leave a comment on this post.
  3. Write on the SwedishFreak Facebook wall.
  4. Tell the Swedish Freak Google+ community.

This contest will run until the midnight of 14th when the lucky winner will be drawn. Lycka till!


  1. Ale Meza-Santiago
    August 10, 2017 at 01:00 — Reply

    Lagom seems like just the thing to stop running myself ragged in every single aspect of my life! Also, my girlfriend is Sweeeeedish so this would be a cool way to learn more about her culture!

  2. Shawn
    August 10, 2017 at 04:24 — Reply

    “Lagom” was one of the first Swedish words I learned!

  3. April
    August 10, 2017 at 07:45 — Reply

    I have two small children, I need more Lagom!

  4. Patricia Flynn
    August 12, 2017 at 09:45 — Reply

    Widow/single mom, college, mother of a junior in high school and a 5th grader, church activities and kids outside activities from school, being a taxi cab for said children….I could really use this book….if I could find the time to read it!!

  5. Shelley
    August 12, 2017 at 11:14 — Reply

    Recently moved from the hectic city life to the peaceful mountains. But still have a stressful job and habits that I can’t break that take over life. I would love the nudge I could get from this book to complete the transformation to peace, balance and truly living life!

  6. Anna
    August 13, 2017 at 01:35 — Reply

    Oh I love Sweden and lagom. I try to make my life outside Sweden as lagom as possible 🙂

  7. August 15, 2017 at 10:59 — Reply

    And the winner is Shawn Ott! Thank you, everyone, for participating!

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Hilary lived two years in Norrland, Sweden (Northern Sweden) and fell in love with the country. She lives in Prague, Czechia and hopes to one day soon return to Sweden.