Embrace the freshness and hope of the new season

The first signs of spring are welcomed with open arms across Nordic countries after the cold, dark winter. It’s the time of year when Scandinavians enjoy a more relaxed, simple way of life.

There’s a Swedish saying, “Nu är det vår”, which means “spring is here”, and is said optimistically around the end of March. While spring officially spans March through to the end of May, it’s not uncommon for Scandinavians to enjoy one final week of winter skiing over Easter. 

But towards the later part of April and into May, nature can literally be seen exploding all around. Trees and flowers are waking up, the melting snow in the mountains swells the rivers and lakes, and blossom makes for a pretty picture moment.

Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer Anita Krizzan, writer

Spring in Scandinavia sees inside-outside redefined, as furniture moves to terraces and decks, balconies get dressed with pots of spring bulbs and everyone gets busy with garden plans. Scandinavians tend not to want to waste a moment inside if they could be outside, enjoying the spring sunshine – the layering of clothing is a must, as is being prepared for April showers, which could still include snow or hail. Of course, food is designed to be shared, with a smörgåsbord a must, full of seasonal flavours and favourites.

Scandinavians also make the most of those long weekends. Easter is often 
the time when many head to their summer cottages. Chocolate eggs are given on Easter morning – Pask in Sweden, Påske in Denmark and Norway – and Easter hags (children dressed up) knocking on your door, are a common sight. Branches are also decorated with eggs and feathers. 

Urban Zinc Tray, £20| Rustic Wooden Birdhouse,£37| Urban Terrarium, £159| Egg Candles, set of six, £8.95

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