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The photo shows Dyvig Bay with the famous Badehotel near Nordborg in South Jutland on a typical December day.

After a beautiful autumn season winter has arrived to Scandinavia and the darkness seems to sneak up on us. So far in November, people in Sweden and Denmark have experienced the darkest November on record. We don’t have it as bad here in South Denmark as they do in Tromsř or Luleĺ, but at the end of the day, the darkness and cold temperatures can be tough for everyone. Sun rises as late as 8:30am and sets around 3:30pm; on cloudy days (which are common), lights are often turned on all day long in homes, schools and offices.

The dark winter months can take their toll on even the jolliest of characters. We all have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a winter depression/chemical imbalance caused by lack of sunlight. The main symptoms are sleeping a lot, craving for sugary foods and depression. Scandinavians are taught about this disorder in schools, through their family, and by the government. Being aware of this disorder, Winter SAD is not stigmatized in the Scandinavian countries, and preventative measures, such as light therapy, are part of daily life.

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