VOCABULARY: “samfundssind” = “community spirit”


Danish word ‘samfundssind’ may become 2020’s hottest new term
By Paula Froelich
October 24, 2020 | 4:09pm

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The country that introduced the world to “hygge” now has another term for us: “samfundssind.”

Last year Americans went wild for hygge, which encompasses all things cozy and comforting — but the likely 2020 “word of the year” in Denmark is “samfundssind — which the Danish Language Council defines as “putting the concern of society higher than one’s own interests.” More loosely translated as “community spirit” or “social mindedness” according to the BBC.

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As long as it it’s a voluntary action, i think it’s admirable and we should imitate it.