At 05.48 Tuesday morning, the northern axis of the earth was leaning farthest away from the sun, which means we have just lived through the longest night of the year, and have the shortest day of the year ahead of us.
North of the Arctic Circle the sun will not rise at all, but it will get a bit brighter during the day. Luleå in the north will have only little over three hours of daylight, while Malmö in the south can look forward to seven hours of daylight.
"It sounds lovely that the days are finally getting longer. I'm longing for the summer to come. I get very tired when it's dark and it's been raining a lot the past few days." says Jenny, who manages a stand in Kungsträdgården in downtown Stockholm.