"Real winter" has arrived and it's not going to be taking it easy on us this year.
This season is predicted to be one of the coldest and snowiest ones in recent memory, and this week alone, we're getting hit with two back-to-back snowstorms.
But how do they survive this kind of weather in the rest of the world?
Surely those who live in the desolate icy corners of the planet have some useful tips for the rest of us. After all, Norwegians are said to be the happiest people in the world, despite having some of the darkest and snowiest winter months.
And as it turns out, they do have some useful tips on how to survive:
1. “Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder"
It means: There is no bad weather, only bad clothing. The cold may seem insurmountable, but in the end it's only bad when we sacrifice warmth for fashion. However, if you stop caring about how your hair looks, you can focus on staying warm. With the right attitude and clothing "no snowstorm can stop you from enjoying the day."
Winter is all about staying positive. Once the winter bitterness grips you, it doesn't let go until the last snowflake has melted."Hygge" roughly translated means coziness. It is the warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you're enjoying something. Scandinavians believe that with the right attitude you can find a sense of "Hygge" in the most unexpected places.
Similar to the Danish "Hygge", Norwegian "Fredagskos" is basically Friday night coziness. The idea is to forget about the nightlife for awhile, and instead focus on making yourself happy through pure, indulgent bliss. A popular scenario involves staying in, eating comfort food, and watching TV on the couch while snacking on candy. Not a bad way to spend the night if you ask me.
Coffee breaks are a great way to maintain your sanity during those depressing winter months. The swedes even have an expression called "Fika", which translates to sipping your coffee, having cake and chatting with a friend.
In Finland, many apartment buildings include a communal sauna. That's because sauna's aren't just an amenity, it's a necessary safe space where you linger with your friends and escape cold reality of winter. It's difficult to be bitter about the snow when the room you're in is 80°C+