How to survive the Swedish winter

January is almost over and, with it, winter’s darkness begins fading. Looking back to when long and dark winters were only in my imagination I can say that the Swedish winter was not as easy to live through as I imagined, nor as hard as people made it out to be. All in all, it seems like I survived.

For all of you who, like me, come from warmer climates and don’t know what to expect, here are a few tips on how to survive the Swedish winter.

  • Start small

On this regard, Lund is the perfect choice. The days are never too short and the cold is never unbearable. If you are experiencing a Swedish winter for the first time, its better to do it in Lund!

Keeping up with Mexican traditions by baking “Rosca de Reyes” on January 6th
  • Stock-up on friends

Let’s face it: we are students and we are on a budget, not all of us will be able to travel far and about during the holidays. So before the winter arrives, make sure you hold your friends close and plan some cozy evenings together. Play some board games, enjoy some pizza, share exotic recipes, the options are endless.

Christmas tree in front of the Grand Hotel in Lund
  • Enjoy the lights

Swedes love Christmas lights, so make sure you enjoy them as well. Lund’s and Malmö’s streets look especially beautiful during the winter nights! Andrew wrote a very nice piece on Christmas lights around Lund.

Christmas lights in downtown Lund
  • Find a good book, or a good tv show!

When you don’t feel like facing the cold, make sure you have a good book, make yourself a cup of tea and cozy up in your bed or couch! Not that much into reading? Binging on a TV show can do the trick! Don’t feel guilty, you’ve worked hard enough during the semester… and more work is coming up, so you might as well enjoy the darkness’s protection.

  • Start a workout routine!

Getting tired at 4pm is not super fun, not for me at least. So I found working out in the evening gave me the energy boost I needed to get through the rest of the day. Don’t want to face the cold? There are plenty free online workouts you can do from the comfort of your common room! Get some roomies on board and make an event of it!

The lovely streets in Lund

Do you have any other ideas on how to brave the winter? Let me know in the comments!