Scandinavian Authors You Should Read: Non-fiction


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Today’s article is going to talk about some of the most famous Nordic writers and their bestselling books – perhaps you’ll find your next read here? Let’s check it out!

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Margareta Magnusson

If you’ve been following Swedes in the States for a while, you might have heard of Magnusson’s breakout book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (and if not, you can check it out here!) In the book, Magnusson details the methodical and interesting concept of “death cleaning,” or how to slowly let go of things that don’t serve you anymore – similar to that of Japanese author Marie Kondo.


The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

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Meik Wiking


If you’ve ever heard of the words Hygge or Lykke, you’ve probably come across Wiking’s books. Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and self-professed to have the ‘best job in the world.’ His first work, The Little Book of Hygge, was created to understand why Denmark always comes first in global happiness rankings. Apparently, the concept of hygge is the magic ingredient. It can best be described as a feeling of coziness, togetherness, or comfort, and to get the full scoop, you can check our Meik’s works here:

The Little Book of Hygge

And the follow-up to his bestselling first book, the Little Book of Lykke

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Isak Dinesen / Karen Blixen

For those that love to travel or have wanderlust, we recommend checking out Danish author Blixen’s most famous work, Out of Africa. The book details the author’s life and adventures when she spent 17 years in Kenya creating a coffee plantation from a piece of land that she and her husband bought.

Out of Africa


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Linda Åkeson McGurk 

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Continuing the trend of popular Nordic lifestyle books, we have Linda Åkeson McGurk’s book, There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather. Even though it’s her first published book, Swedish-American author McGurk has a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to lifestyle, parenting, and health magazines. In There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather, McGurk explains how Nordic kids tend to be happier than their counterparts thanks to a smorgasbord of parenting techniques based on concepts like friluftsliv (“open-air living”) and hygge (remember this word?)

There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather


Niki Brantmark 

Niki Brantmark, although originally from London, moved to Sweden more than a dozen years ago and is a famous lifestyle and interior design blogger. Her book, Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life, is the result of years of research into the Swede’s minds and what makes them happy. If you’re looking for a light read – or to completely change up your life – this is it!

Lagom – The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life

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