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Lights raise hopes for brighter days

Despite all the complaints over record-high electricity bills this winter, Norwegians haven’t spared much when it comes to holiday lights. Perhaps it’s a sign of hopes for brighter days ahead.

Thousands of people have wandered through this tunnel of lights, set up for the holidays this year in downtown Oslo. PHOTO: Berglund

Norway is at least beyond its darkest day of the year, always marked on December 21 when Norwegians are fond of saying that “solen har snudd” (literally, the sun has turned around) with the winter solstice.

This week the sun actually shone brightly in Oslo for more than five hours on Tuesday, which the Norwegians call the Vintersolverv. It’s still dark by mid-afternoon, though, and dark all day in Northern Norway. By mid-January, the days will become noticeably longer and brighter. That’s also when the current Corona virus restrictions, which have clamped down on holiday socializing again this year, are due to be lifted.

On that note, we’d like to thank readers of for still clicking in. Our plans to switch over to a new format for the website have been delayed, but stay tuned. Meanwhile, we wish all readers as happy a holiday season as possible.

Nina Berglund
Editor and publisher,



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