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	<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom"><h1>Lagom (pronounced [</a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_Swedish" title="Help:IPA for Swedish" style="font-family: sans-serif;">&#x2C8;l&#x251;&#x300;&#x2D0;&#x261;&#x254;m</a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom">]) is a </a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_language" title="Swedish language">Swedish</a><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom"> word meaning "just the right amount".</h1></a>
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	<a href="#one" data-toggle="collapse"><h2>The Swedish-English dictionary defines <i>lagom</i> as "enough, sufficient, adequate, just right".</h2></a>
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		<i>Lagom</i> is also widely translated as "in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moderation" title="Moderation">moderation</a>", "in balance", "perfect-simple", and "suitable" (in matter of amounts).
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	<a href="#two" data-toggle="collapse"><h2>Whereas words like <i>sufficient</i> and <i>average</i> suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, <i>lagom</i> carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection.</h2></a>
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	<p>The archetypical Swedish <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proverb" title="Proverb">proverb</a> "<i>Lagom är bäst</i>", literally "The right amount is best", is also translated as "Enough is as good as a feast".<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference"><a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a></sup> That same proverb is translated as</p>
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	<a href="#three" data-toggle="collapse"><h2>"There is virtue in moderation"</h2></a>
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	<li class="toclevel-1 tocsection-1"><span class="toctext">Comparable terms in other languages</span></a></li>
	<li class="toclevel-1 tocsection-2"><span class="toctext">Etymology</span></a></li>
	<li class="toclevel-1 tocsection-3"><span class="toctext">Use</span></a></li>
	<li class="toclevel-1 tocsection-4"><span class="toctext">Cultural significance</span></a></li>
	<li class="toclevel-1 tocsection-5"><span class="toctext">See also</span></a></li>
	<li class="toclevel-1 tocsection-6"><span class="toctext">References</span></a></li>
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	<h3><span class="mw-headline" id="Comparable_terms_in_other_languages">Comparable terms in other languages</span></h3>
	<p>The word "<i>lagom</i>" also exists in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_language" title="Norwegian language">Norwegian</a>, in both <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokm%C3%A5l" title="Bokmål">Bokmål</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nynorsk" title="Nynorsk">Nynorsk</a>. The connotations in Norwegian, however, are somewhat different from Swedish. In Norwegian the word has synonyms as "fitting, suitable, comfortable, nice, decent, well built/proportioned". While some synonyms are somewhat similar in meaning (e.g. "suitable" and "reasonable", "fitting" and "in balance"), many present in Swedish do not exist in Norwegian and vice versa. The Norwegian words "<i>passelig</i>" and the more common "<i>passe</i>" are very similar, translating roughly as "fitting, adequate, suitable" in English. "<i>Passe</i>" can be used in every context where the Swedish "<i>lagom</i>" is used, e.g. "<i>passe varm</i>" (right temperature/adequately warm), "<i>passe stor</i>" (right size), etc.</p>
	<p>In <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_language" title="Finnish language">Finnish</a>, lagom is "<i>kohtuus</i>".</p>
	<p>The concept of <i>lagom</i> is similar to Russian expression <i>normal'no</i> (<i>нормально</i>, literally normally), which indicates a sufficient and sustainable state, for example of one's livelihood. In Russian, the word is often used as answer to the question "how are you". Comparable terms are found in some south Slavic languages, for example Serbian and Croatian <i>umereno</i> or <i>umjereno</i>.</p>
	<p>In <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannada" title="Kannada">Kannada</a>, the word <i>ಹದ</i><a class="external autonumber" href="http://kn.wiktionary.orghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%B2%B9%E0%B2%A6">[1]</a> (<i>hada</i>) is used in a similar connotation.</p>
	<p>The equivalent word in Tamil could be மிதம்.</p>
	<p>Ιn ancient Greek, there was the infamous phrase of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleobulus" title="Cleobulus">Cleobulus</a>, <i>Métron áriston</i> (<span lang="grc"><i>μέτρον ἄριστον</i></span>) i.e.: "Moderation is best".</p>
	<p>In Albanian there is the same use of word "taman". The word "taman" derives from Turkish Language and in Albanian is used pretty much same as "lagom" i.e. taman amount, not taman person (not normal person), taman (agreed) etc. This word ("taman") is also used in some Slavic languages (South Slavic) and it almost perfectly translates "lagom" to those languages.</p>
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	<p>The origin of the term is an archaic <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dative_case" title="Dative case">dative</a> plural form of <i>lag</i> ("law"), in this case referring not necessarily to judicial law but common sense law. A translation of this could be "according to common sense".</p>
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	<a href="#four" data-toggle="collapse"><h2>A popular folk etymology claims that it is a contraction of "<i>laget om</i>" ("around the team"), a phrase used in Viking times to specify how much mead one should drink from the horn as it was passed around in order for everyone to receive a fair share.
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	<p>This story is recounted widely, including on the website of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Institute" title="Swedish Institute">Swedish Institute</a>.</p>
	<p>Parallels can be drawn from "<i>lagom</i>" to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jante" title="Law of Jante">Law of Jante</a>, which in short says that a group member should not think they are better than anyone else, which indicates that "<i>lagom</i>" could mean "the appropriate amount, according to the Law of Jante", for example, the phrase "take <i>lagom</i> with sugar" would mean "do not take more sugar than one should".</p>
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	<p><i>Lagom</i> is most often used as an adverb, as in the sentence "<i>Han är lagom lång</i>" (literally "He is just the right height"). <i>Lagom</i> can also be used as an adjective: "<i>Klänningen var lagom för henne</i>" (literally "The dress was just right for her"), which would be equivalent to "The dress fits her". The adjective form is never <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflected_language" class="mw-redirect" title="Inflected language">inflected</a>.</p>
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	<a href="#five" data-toggle="collapse"><h2>Lagom can be applied to almost all situations, from food and drink to copyright law and carbon dioxide emissions.</h2></a>
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	<h3>Cultural significance</h3>
	<p>The value of "just enough" can be compared to idiom "less is more", or contrasted to the value of "more is better". It is viewed favorably as a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability" title="Sustainability">sustainable</a> alternative to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoarding" title="Hoarding">hoarding</a> extremes of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumerism" title="Consumerism">consumerism</a>: "Why do I need more than two? <i>Det är</i> [It is] <i>lagom</i>"<sup id="cite_ref-3" class="reference"><a href="#cite_note-3">[3]</a></sup> It can also be viewed as repressive: "You're not supposed to be too good, or too rich".<sup id="cite_ref-4" class="reference"><a href="#cite_note-4">[4]</a></sup></p>
	<p>In a single word, <i>lagom</i> is said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality. In recent times Sweden has developed greater tolerance for risk and failure as a result of severe recession in the early 1990s.</p>
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	<a href="#six" data-toggle="collapse"><h2>Nonetheless, it is still widely considered ideal to be modest and avoid extremes.</h2></a>
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	<p>"My aunt used to hold out her closed fist and say, "How much can you get in this hand? It's much easier to get something in <i>this</i> [open] hand".<sup id="cite_ref-5" class="reference"><a href="#cite_note-5">[5]</a></sup> "It's the idea that for everything there is the perfect amount: The perfect, and best, amount of food, space, laughter and sadness."</p>
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	<li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldilocks_principle" title="Goldilocks principle" style="color: #8da7be;">Goldilocks principle</a></li>
	<li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_mean_(disambiguation)" class="mw-redirect mw-disambig" title="Golden mean (disambiguation)">Golden mean (disambiguation)</a></li>
	<li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_model" class="mw-redirect" title="Social model">Social model</a></li>
	<li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_spot_(disambiguation)" class="mw-redirect mw-disambig" title="Sweet spot (disambiguation)">Sweet spot (disambiguation)</a></li>
	<li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden:_the_Middle_Way" title="Sweden: the Middle Way">Sweden: the Middle Way</a></li>
	<li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Three_Bears" class="mw-redirect" title="The Story of the Three Bears">The Story of the Three Bears</a></li>
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	<li id="cite_note-1"><span class="mw-cite-backlink"><b><a href="#cite_ref-1">^</a></b></span> <span class="reference-text"><a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://lexikon.nada.kth.se/">lexikon.nada.kth.se</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexin" title="Lexin">Lexin</a>, Swedish-English dictionary.</span></li>
	<li id="cite_note-2"><span class="mw-cite-backlink"><b><a href="#cite_ref-2">^</a></b></span> <span class="reference-text"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruner_%2B_Jahr" title="Gruner + Jahr">Prisma</a>'s <i>Stora Engelska Ordbok</i>, 1995.</span></li>
	<li id="cite_note-3"><span class="mw-cite-backlink"><b><a href="#cite_ref-3">^</a></b></span> <span class="reference-text">AtKisson, Alan. <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://www.islandnet.com/~see/living/articles/rightamount.htm">The Right Amount</a>, 2000.</span></li>
	<li id="cite_note-4"><span class="mw-cite-backlink"><b><a href="#cite_ref-4">^</a></b></span> <span class="reference-text">Gustavsson, 1995.</span></li>
	<li id="cite_note-5"><span class="mw-cite-backlink"><b><a href="#cite_ref-5">^</a></b></span> <span class="reference-text">Silberman, Steve. <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.04/anoto_pr.html"><i>The Hot New Medium: Paper.</i></a> 2001</span></li>
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	<li>The Swedish Academy's dictionary, <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="http://spraakdata.gu.se/saob/"><i>Svenska Akademiens ordbok</i>.</a></li>
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