Cool Danish Words We Need in English Now!

By Anjali Chawla

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Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by Danes, the people of Denmark. Like Norwegian words and Swedish words, Danish words are peculiar to their culture meaning you won’t find them in English. Here’s a round-up of the beautiful Danish words that have no translation.

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Beautiful Danish Words

Here are some of the cool words in Danish that you can try out in conversation and impress people 🙂

Let’s start with how to say hello in Danish!

Hej (n.)

Pronunciation: hi

Meaning: Hi, Hello

Hej is the most commonly used casual greeting in Danish. You can use it in any situation and with anyone from strangers to friends. Hej Hej means goodbye in Danish.

hej danish words

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Speciallægepraksisplanlægningsstabilliseringsperiode

Pronunciation: speciallæge-praksisplanlægnings-stabiliseringsperiode

Meaning: Literally translates to a period of stabilizing the planning of a specialist doctor’s practice

Made up of 51 letters, it’s the longest word in Danish!

longest word in danish

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Hygge (n.)

Pronunciation: hue-gah

Meaning: An atmosphere of warmth, wellbeing, and coziness when you feel at peace and able to enjoy simple pleasures and being in the moment.

Scandinavian countries enjoy the simple pleasures in life. They all have a word to define the simple joys. Danish have hygge, Swedish have mys, Norwegians have kos, and Finnish have kalsarikannit 🙂

Hygge gains so much popularity across the globe that this Danish word is added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in 2017.

hygge beautiful danish words

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Forelsket (adj.)

Pronunciation: for-el-skit

Meaning: Being madly in love – an ineffable euphoria experienced when one’s enamored with someone.

Norwegians too use the word forelsket to define the similar feeling.

Forelsket cool danish words

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Bagstiv (adj.)

Pronunciation: bag-stiv

Meaning: Waking up still drunk from the night before, Hungover

bagstiv untranslatable words danish

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Hils (n.)

Pronunciation: hils

Meaning: When Danes tell someone to give regards or say hello to the third person, they just say hils. e.g. I’ll be meeting Amanda today. Okay, hils.

Short and sweet. Isn’t it?

hils danish words

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Arbejdsglæde (n.)

Pronunciation: ahh-bites-gle-the

Meaning: Happiness at work, Job satisfaction, Work pleasure

You are incredibly lucky if you have a job that makes you happy 🙂 Arbejdsglæde is super important as it leads to success.

arbejdsglæde beautiful words danish

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Sympatisk (adj.)

Pronunciation: sym-pat-isk

Meaning: Likeable, Friendly, Nice, Trust-worthy

Sympatisk danish words

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Uoverskuelig (adj.)

Pronunciation: over·skuelig

Meaning: When Danes don’t know where to start or are unable to deal with the task at hand, they use this word.

uoverskuelig danish words

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 Træls (adj.)

Pronunciation: trels

Meaning: Annoying, Grueling, Tiresome, Disappointing, Nuisance, Inconvenient

træls words in danish

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Overmorgen (n.)

Pronunciation: aw-mawgen

Meaning: the day after tomorrow

overmorgen danish words

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ForgĂĄrs (n.)

Pronunciation: faw-gaws

Meaning: the day before yesterday

ForgĂĄrs danish words

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Tanketorsk (n.)

Pronunciation: tan-ke-to-sg

Meaning: Literally translates to thought cod. Used to describe a thoughtless action or gaffe or a statement made without considering the consequences.

tanketorsk danish words

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Velbekomme (interj.)

Pronunciation: velbe-komme

Meaning: Telling someone to enjoy their meal. What bon appetit is to French, velbekomme is to Danes.

Velbekomme danish words

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Orke (v.)

Pronunciation: ok

Meaning: It means that you can’t be bothered to do something or that you don’t have the strength or energy for it.

orke danish words

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Jo (n.)

Pronunciation: yo

Meaning: Literally means yes but is only used in response to a negative question or statement. e.g. Did you not finish your homework yesterday? Jo, I finished it before going to the bed.

jo danish words

Do you have any fascinating and beautiful Danish words that you’d like us to add to this list of unique words from the Danish language?

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Anjali Chawla

A story-weaver and a travel blogger based in Delhi, Anjali left her corporate job to see what having life exactly feels like and never looked back. Her 14-year-old daughter is her best travel buddy. She aspires to travel to all the seven continents with her family. Antarctica remains her dream destination. Books, mountains, colorful doors and windows, blue skies, sunsets, open roads, cobbled streets, undiscovered places, and beautiful minds inspire her. Join her as she unclothes the beauty around the world, one place at a time.

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