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Sixty seconds on . . . friluftsliv

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 28 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2249
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Fruity slaw?

Not quite. Friluftsliv is a Norwegian word that roughly translates as outdoor life, which basically means communing with nature. The concept is popular across Scandinavia.

Do I have to take my clothes off and jump in ice water?

Only if you want to. Friluftsliv can be anything from hiking to kayaking, climbing trees, camping, skiing, picnicking on the beach, or listening to birdsong in the woods.

Has it been around for a long time?

It’s as old as the hills—and the fjords and forests. The term friluftsliv …

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