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STOCKHOLM Nov 27 Commuters in the northern
Swedish town of Umea are being treated to light therapy as the
long, dark winter for which the Nordic state is renowned draws
Energy company Umea Energi has decided to install lights at
about 30 bus stops for people, which will be in place for the
next three weeks.
"This is so people can get a little energy kick as they are
waiting," said Umea Energi marketing chief Anna Norrgard. Umea
is about 600 km north of capital city Stockholm.
The company also wanted to highlight the fact that its
energy comes from environmentally sound sources, she said.
Much of Sweden is plunged into long, dark winters, often
with lots of snow. The sun in Umea currently rises at about 8
a.m. local time (0700 GMT) and sets at 3 p.m. The daylight hours
are shortest in December, when the sun comes up at about 10 a.m.
and disappears again at about 2:30 pm.
Some towns north of the Arctic circle have no daylight for
several weeks in the winter.
(Reporting by Patrick Lannin, editing by Paul Casciato)