Polar Night People

Polar Night People


Picture by: Jaakko Posti

The Finnish journey from summer’s nightless night and endless sun to the crippling kaamos of winter is a short one, measured by the calendar, but in the nation’s soul, it is an entire time cycle. Finns have light skin that has developed to absorb as much vitamin D from the summer sun as possible, but the Finnish soul, throughout millennia, has been primed to perfectly squeeze every last bit of gloominess out of the darkness.

The chipper and smiling Finn can hardly be distinguished from a foreigner, save for the sunburned nose. The Finn looks you in the eye and says hello, casts benevolent glances from the tram window and casually buys a vanilla ice cream cone. But, all of a sudden, the cycle of the sun grows shorter.

The summer nights of August arrive. The Finn spends them under a canopy, pulls a blanket over their shoulders and hopes for less rain in August. Then, September arrives. The Finn looks at the yellowing birch leaves, sadly, glances at their watch and wonders if there’s time for a mushroom hunt before nightfall. They start a yoga hobby, looking for internal light. Come October, the Finns quits their yoga hobby.

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In November, it’s clear that there’s nothing that can be done. The alarm clock and the rain pattering on the windowsill compete for who gets to wake the Finn under their blanket. They hit the snooze button, but the slush keeps raining down. The black of asphalt and a long-forgotten sorrow forces its way in through the kitchen blinds. The Finn brews an enormous pot of coffee, reads the paper through their swollen eyelids, trying not to see how the days grow even shorter for another month. The weather: changing, lots of cloudiness. Sleet is expected, a biting wind along the coast. The funny papers aren’t funny.

The Finn puts on their rubber boots and grabs their umbrella from the vestibule, for protection. Outside, the wind turns the umbrella inside out. The street light moves in the wind and the watery mush moves along the empty, dark street. There are people at the tram stop. What more! The Finn stays outside of the shelter, in the rain and practices the skill only known by few nationalities: the ability to look nowhere in particular.

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In December, the Finn sits at the office, in the dark, staring out of the window in front of them with a blank expression on their face. The screen saver has switched over to power-saving mode, and the light-roast coffee has gone cold in the cup. The circles under the eyes of the Finn are like millstones, grinding away at their sorrows. Details cannot be distinguished from the black window, but they are of no concern to Finns. The Finn hears a whoosh. Is it from the radiator or is it the rustling of the field mustard in the summer breeze?

The cleaner switches on the light. The Finn, startled, glances at their watch. 17:56. The Finn swigs the cold coffee and goes home. 17:56. 2,442 hours and 4 minutes still until the vernal equinox.

All joking aside, if some Finns know how to squeeze everything out of the darkness, others have been able to develop light and warmth for those who do not want to dwell on the cold darkness. Energy light devices effectively replace the lacking natural light during the dark season. Through the help of energy light treatment, many conquer the tasking darkness stress of the dark winter.

The Innolux Bright energy light devices are also beautiful decorative design elements.

Even if many Finns know how to suffer during the kaamos time, we do spend almost one-third of our lives sleeping. Each of us have our individual temperature needs, which, together with the home temperature and season, defines an optimal blanket choice for us. The Finnish blankets are high-quality, allergy tested and environmentally friendly soft sleep buddies, both for those who often freeze and those which are always hot.

Soft life choices are great to make, especially when life seems at its hardest.