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A winter landscape with snow, trees and a frozen lake.
Inspiration from nature
Photo: Christopher Hunt


Shaped by winter

Sweden may be a cold and dark place during winter, but is that it? Stockholm-based writer Jonna Dagliden Hunt explores the opposite, how Swedes not only learn to survive but thrive during the coldest and darkest season.

“Nordic light is unique; only a few percent of the Earth’s population live in these kind of light conditions. Little more than 100 years ago, darkness after sunset with no moon was a reality for most people – light was special,” states The Nordic Museum in Stockholm. The museum explores what it means to live in a part of the world that has limited daylight during winter, and almost endless daylight during summer.

Find out more about the Nordic Light, and read below the interviews of local people, who tell their stories about how they find inspiration in the cold Swedish season.

Chef Elaine Asp is on her knees in the snow, building a fire.
Photo: Christopher Hunt
Chef Elaine Asp likes preparing food outside, on an open fire.
Photo: Christopher Hunt
Nowhere else have people lived and harvested as far North.
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