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Lagom

wordsofcourseLagom is a Swedish word without a direct English translation. It’s meaning is “sufficient” or “just the right amount” but it is also largely translated to mean “optimal,” “in moderation,” “in balance,” and “appropriate though neither perfect nor imperfect amount.” This word also appears in Norwegian but has a different meaning which translates to “nice,” “well built,” “fitting,” “suitable” or “proportioned. The positive connotations with this word and its associated Swedish proverb “Logam ar bast” which literally means “The right amount is best” or per its translation “Enough is as good as a feast.” The Swedish proverb may trace back to ancient Greek’s phrase by Cleobulus, ‘Metron ariston’ meaning “Moderation is best.”