Dark hours and too many of them Posted by Katja on Jan 31, 2010 in Culture, Geography
Nothern citizens of Sweden are exposed to extreme temperatures (to the colder side of the thermometer) and long, dark winters. The long dark hours often drive a lot of people into a sort of hibernation, of the kind when people’s awareness of happiness, each other and positiveness get dulled. A kind of mutual, understood and accepted depression is spread far and wide in the North. Longing for the sun for so long creates a frenzy in the spring when the weather starts warming up. People lie outside without shirts (in men’s cases) and women in bikini tops when it is hardly plus degrees. You will almost see more people sunbathing in the spring than in the summer. Crazy, huh?
During these long winters people console themselves with going to warmer countries for holidays, or the less expensive artificial sun in tanning beds.
So, what do people do to combat the dark, cold months? Well, unions have negotiated so people work longer days throughout the winter letting everybody go home earlier in the summer. But this doesn’t help anybody when you get up and it is dark outside and when you finish work or school it is pitch black, so people light candles. Lots of them. Every window has an electric candlestick lighting up the gloomy atmosphere.
Do you live in a country where the climate sets restrictions for daily activity? Any advise for dark climates would be very appreciated.