The northernmost quarter of Sweden is above the arctic circle,
which means the sun never goes up there in winter and never
sets in summer. Most of us live below that line, though, and
have some winter sun. In most of the southern half of Sweden
you can expect sun from around 8 AM to 3 PM in the darkest
part of the winter.
You remember when you were in second grade and a police officer came in and
talked about traffic safety and how you should wear reflectors when you’re out after
dark, which was really stupid, because how many seven-year-olds are out after
dark? Well, here, even kids coming home from school are out after dark.
Let me tell you, when you drive a car on winter afternoons here, you learn to
appreciate the pedestrians who actually do wear reflectors. Nothing is scarier than
suddenly discovering a pedestrian in a black or dark blue coat a yard from the end of
your hood—and that is when they become visible if they aren’t wearing any light
colors. I’ve become a huge fan of reflectors since I got my Swedish driver’s license.
Reflector collars on dogs and cats are also a must.