Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Before coming to Finland, a lot of people asked me how many hours of daylight we would have after moving to Helsinki.

I followed the sunrises and sunsets on the internet the week or two before leaving Chicago. At that time, sunrise at 9 a.m. and sunset at 4 p.m. didn't seem that different from home. 7 hours of light every day. No big deal.

Then I got here.

Here, darkness at 8 and 9 a.m. is, well....DARK. I guess I thought it would be sort of dusky rather than dark.

But it's dark.

9 a.m.

Dog park outside our window at 8 a.m.

We walk the kids to school at 7:30 a.m. Did I mention it's dark out? The "bright" side is that they sleep a lot more!

The afternoon does truly feel like home and we are adding more light to our days every day (see the follow-up post to this one in June when I post about how stressed out I am because no one can sleep due to 19 hour days!)

So after a week of living here in Helsinki, I think we've all sort of taken the Finnish approach to darkness: carry on. I mean, what can you do?

What I haven't gotten used to yet, however, is this:


I'm embarrassed to say, I still need to figure out the time after 1 or 2 p.m. by counting on my fingers! (Or, I ask Joey who seems to have this clock figured out already.)


  1. John used to tell me to subtract 12 from the time when we were in the military...and we'd just call morning 0:dark-thirty. :) I'm living vicariously through your blog.

  2. Thanks Katie! Why didn't I figure that out?