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Coping with Swedish winter

Hey guys, it’s Raygo here again, as the Halloween celebrations have just been over while November is taking over, which means winter is approaching. Being considered the most challenging season in Sweden, if not the entire Scandinavia, I would like to share some tips today that you may consider when coping with the Swedish winter.

This sunset view was taken from my accommodation at Malvinas at 3:30 p.m.: say hello to Swedish winter!

Making good use of the sunlight

Stockholm is located at a relatively high latitude compared to other European cities. This implies, on the one hand, the daytime can be as long as up to 18 hours during mid-summer. On the other hand, during winter, daylight could reduce to 6 hours only. This extreme condition makes the winter in Stockholm is very unbearable for most. Therefore, the rule of thumb to adapt to the Swedish winter is to make good use of the daytime by adjusting your daily routine. For instance, if you were not a morning person, you may have to restrain yourself from waking up after 7 to 8 a.m. when the sunlight first strikes the land. In such a way, you may maximize the time exposed to sunlight, and it is less likely for you to get into winter depression.

Kill time with friends

Another practical tip I would suggest is spending more time with friends during winter. It is normal to feel lonely when facing darkness alone in Sweden. Hence, an ideal way to distract yourself from thinking about the long and seemingly endless nights in winter is to hang out more with friends. During winter, there are loads of such opportunities, like during Christmas.

Enjoy the exclusive winter events and sports

Last but not least, I recommend you try all the exclusive winter events and sports available in Sweden during winter. For instance, during winter at Kungsträdgården, the park near the city centre would transform into an ice rink, where you can spend a lovely day ice-skating. Additionally, skiing is a popular winter sports option for many others when it gets even colder and snows. Immersing yourselves in these awesome activities is another way to fight against stress during Swedish winter!