Winter in Sweden: you know it’s dark when…

November 27, 2012

in An American in Europe,Dark winters & light summers,Living abroad,Living in Europe,Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Sweden

I can’t begin to say how long it takes me to begin functioning properly in the mornings these days. Let’s just say that my closest likeness is a zombie in Night of the Living Dead. I shuffle around in a stupor for hours. It’s not pretty. And when I notice how dark it is by 2 in the afternoon, I involuntarily sob. Often. Have I got the “it’s dark in Stockholm” winter blues? You know it.

So when I read in the on-line Swedish newspaper The Local that an energy company in the town of  Umea in northern Sweden has installed phototherapy lights in the city’s bus stops, I was impressed. Their reason:” to combat the short days, lack of sunlight, and resident’s depression.”

How amazingly brilliant and forward thinking is that? But what I want to know is when are they installing the lights in Stockholm?

umea bus stop

Getting a dose of light therapy at the bus stop. Photo from



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1 janerowena November 29, 2012 at 00:08

I wish we had them, too! I think we are currently on eight hours of supposed daylight, but I could have cried the other day when I realised there was still a month to go before the shortest day. I’m wondering if it hits harder as you get older? I think if there were one by me I would be tempted to dress up warmly, take a stove and a stool and a book and camp out there!

2 Sandra December 1, 2012 at 22:43

Ha, that’s a good image Jane! I would like to see someone camped out in the bus stop.
On an even more funny note, I read today that the bus drivers are not happy about the lights as they find them to be blinding!

3 janerowena December 2, 2012 at 12:47

They can always wear sunglasses! They will soon get used to them, it can’t be any worse than when us mere mortals driving normal cars come up against a large articulated lorry that has forgotten to dip its headlights – and they have the luxury of knowing where the bus stops are situated.

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