I never dreamed of living in a country with warm weather year-around until I moved to freezing Finland. This Nordic country that shares its international boundaries with Russia in the east and Norway and Sweden in the north-west sees harsh and long winters each year.
The winter 2016 was the longest I’ve experienced in my life. It snowed this month as well and, at this very moment I’m thinking of purchasing long-sleeve blouses and socks, just to make sure the low temperature won’t take me by surprise next month as well.
There are many studies that link good mental health with warm weather. As you can imagine life in Finland gets quite challenging in November when the long darkness settles and the chilly air slips under your skin. It is not unheard-of that Finns (and foreigners alike) have to start a course of antidepressants at the beginning of winter just to cope with the weather changes.