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When will it get brighter? Everything you need to know about the 2022 winter solstice

Are you one of those who wonder when it will start to get brighter again? We take a closer look at when the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year – falls this year.

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For us Swedes who live in northern latitudes, winter can be a tough time. The question that many ask is: when will it be brighter again? The answer is that the days get longer after the winter solstice, which falls between December 21 and 23 each year.

Then the winter solstice falls in 2022

The winter solstice is the day when the sun is lowest in the northern hemisphere. After this it turns and the days get longer and longer, until midsummer and the summer solstice.

It is no wonder that we feel the length of the days changing during the year: between the winter solstice and the end of March, the length of the days more than doubles in several parts of the country. In the south, the sun is up six to nine hours longer, while in the north it is up nine to eleven hours longer each day compared to the winter solstice in late December.

As we mentioned above, the winter solstice falls on December 21 or 22, and in exceptional cases also on December 23. The latter, however, is very rare: the fact is that the last time this happened in Sweden was over a hundred years ago, in 1907. The next time the winter solstice falls on December 23 will be 2303.

In 2022, the winter solstice falls on December 21 at 22:48 Swedish time (UTC+1).

Sources: Clear, SMHI, The winter solstice

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