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What's the real meaning of lagom?

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What's the real meaning of lagom?
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In this episode of Sweden in Focus Extra, author Lola Akinmade Åkerström talks about why she believes the concept of lagom permeates all aspects of Swedish life.


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Host Paul O’Mahony is joined by regular panelists Emma Löfgren and Richard Orange for a studio discussion before Lola Akinmade Åkerström gives her insights into the meaning of lagom. 

They discuss: 

  • Why Lola wrote her book, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living Well

  • Where does the word lagom come from?

  • How lagom relates to the Law of Jante

  • Why Sweden should embrace hyphenated identities

  • The pros and cons of lagom living  

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