There’s an old Swedish proverb; ‘Lots of winter, lots of summer’, and as Nordic countries enter into this, the coldest, darkest time of year, research has showed that they do so knowing that those long summer days – when the sun almost never sets – will return. But how do Scandinavians make it through?
Winter is indeed a time for home, a time to nest, snuggle and slow down, surrounding ourselves with comforts. It’s a time for hygge, doing small things that leave you with a warm sense of contentment, which could be as simple as taking a mug of hot chocolate outside to savour (wrapped up of course). With the right attitude, a sense of hygge can be enjoyed in the most unexpected of places.
Set a Friday-night fredagskos, which is Norway’s answer to hygge. This end-of-the-week ritual sees Norwegians enjoying a laid-back taco dinner before heading to the sofa to watch TV while snacking on crisps and candy – the ultimate night in.
Revisit your winter wardrobe, ready for when you do feel the need to venture out (even for more coffee – Finland and Sweden drink more than 10kg of coffee per person per year), and as you layer up, remember Swedes believe, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’.