And We Thought We Never Slept!

Jul 14, 2010 7:37:52 AM / by Mango Languages

midnight_sun“The Midnight Sun” might sound like an oxymoron to you, but to the people north of the Arctic Circle (and all 6 or so below the Antarctic Circle), this is a way of life.

I’m sure we all know that the earth rotates around the sun on a tilt, so naturally it follows that at our poles - areas like Norway, Canada, Alaska, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Finland, and parts of Iceland- there are literally months and months of continuous sunlight, or on the converse, months of no sunlight at all! The closer you travel towards the poles, the longer these periods last. We like to joke here at Mango that we never sleep. Maybe we should have moved farther north.

It may seem a bit extreme to try and live here, but take Norway for example. This country's citizens exhibit one of the highest standards of living in the world. People here have adapted to this odd rhythm of sunlight by doing things like regulating working hours, making the work day much more lenient in the summer to encourage time for leisure and outdoor activities.

So, would you be fine with seeing the sun for 24 hours a day? Have you ever visited or lived in one of these places? Please share!

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