Forget hygge, let’s all get päntsdrunk – I’ll go first and freely admit that I find many of these “lifestyle” books to be beyond me for the long haul. With the best of intentions on my part, I know I simply can’t keep it up – it being whatever habit is being
shoved at me extolled to me. But this one, I can do.
New Nordic lifestyle trend alert! No, wait – don’t switch off, because unlike hygge, lagom or plogging, päntsdrunk is neither smug nor unattainable.
Päntsdrunk is the anglicised word for the Finnish kalsarikänni, a term that literally means “drinking at home, alone, in your underwear”. And yes, in Finland this is a fully fledged, nationally celebrated pastime (not the sign of a minor emotional breakdown).
In fact, päntsdrunk is such an established part of Finnish culture that the country’s ministry of foreign affairs even talks about it in its guide to the country.
The best thing about it? You don’t even need to buy a book to tell you how to do it.