10 cities in the world where there is almost no SunPictolic
The most difficult thing for a person is the lack of sunlight. Depression, nervous disorders and constant stress develop instantly. Nevertheless, there are quite lively cities on Earth, where the sun looks only occasionally. There is even an official rating of the darkest settlements on the planet, whose inhabitants are already accustomed to constant twilight and cloudy days.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1715
Murmansk is considered the largest city in the world, located beyond the Arctic Circle. Nevertheless, the weather here is not as terrible as it may seem. In winter, the temperature can warm up to -10 degrees Celsius — quite a comfortable level. But a night that lasts several months a year can become a real problem for an unprepared psyche. During this period, the sun does not appear at all, filling even the daytime hours with constant twilight.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1680
The name of the city can be translated as "white bird" — it is also depicted on the local coat of arms. We are talking here about alchemy: the locals have always been engaged in the mining industry, which in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with alchemical workshops. Kiruna is located one and a half hundred kilometers north of the Arctic circle. The sun appears only for a short period from May 30 to July 15, the rest of the time the residents of the city have to put up with constant twilight, turning into a polar night in winter.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1662
The local population is almost entirely engaged in the extraction and processing of marine resources. The end of the 90s was spent here in constant expectation of changes: conversations about the transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan were very loud at that time. But we, as you know, will not give our land to the enemy an inch —Yuzhno-Kurilsk, with all its fogs, cold weather and eternal night, the Japanese will not get it for anything.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1540
Juneau is considered the largest state capital in all of America. Formally, the territory of the city occupies as much as 8,430 square kilometers. In fact, 99% of the area is wild, forested mountains, without any signs of civilization. The picture is complemented by the almost complete absence of sunlight, which can lead to depression and a cave troll.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1504
The second, semi —official name of Cologne is the Metropolis on the Rhine, which reflects the really high status of the city, the largest and oldest cultural center of the whole country. Apart from the lack of sun, there is simply nothing to blame Cologne for.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hours of sunshine per year: 1364
Two million people live in Birmingham, the second largest English city. The local climate here is average in the country-mild and humid, there are almost no sharp transitions. Just as there is no bright sunlight here, which the locals have long been accustomed to.
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Hours of sunshine per year: 1230
The entire North Pacific is famous for its inhospitable, rainy and gloomy weather, with a seasoning of constant fogs. The port town of Prince Rupert looks like a real alien from Lovecraft's dark fantasies — why people still cling to this place, where Cthulhu is about to appear out of the water, is completely incomprehensible.
Hours of sunshine per year: 992
Nikolskoye remains the only settlement in the entire, rather rather large Aleutian region. Only here you can meet the most real Aleuts: apart from them, almost no one is able to survive in local conditions. A sunny day here is a rare and amazing phenomenon.
Hours of sunshine per year: 884
The capital of the autonomous Faroe Islands is located on the east coast of the island of Streimoy. Torshavn is officially considered the most cloudy locality in the world: solar panels will not come here soon. Nevertheless, the locals are quite happy with their city — the standard of living of Torshavn is very significant.
Jan Mayen, Norway
Hours of sunshine per year: 823
And the title of the darkest city on the planet solemnly goes to the Norwegian Jan-Mayen. Strictly speaking, this place does not reach a normal city — the entire population is the maintenance staff of several large state stations.
Hours of sunshine per year: how lucky you are.
And a small bonus from the heart — we simply could not ignore Moscow. It is quite difficult to call the capital of our country a friendly and bright city: almost all chances to enjoy the sunlight fall to local residents only in late spring and summer.