Sweden's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Green Christmas for most of Sweden

Share this article

12:28 CET+01:00
Snow joke for traditional yule enthusiasts - experts are ruling out a white Christmas for anybody living south of Sundsvall.

In a special Christmas weather forecast commissioned by newspaper Dagens Nyheter, meteorological agency SMHI has concluded that the immediate future is green.

"Temperatures will be above zero in the whole country for Christmas. If this was summer we would be experiencing a heatwave," said SMHI's Sten Laurin.

In more northerly parts of Norrland, which have already seen plenty of snow this year, the ground will just about stay white despite temperatures being way above the average. The rest of country however has no chance of catching up.

"This is a very unusual occurrence." Laurin told the newspaper.

Children in Stockholm and central Sweden usually have a fifty-fifty chance of building snowmen on Christmas Day.

"Every second Christmas is usually green there, and every other one is white," said Laurin.

But Sweden's best chance of ensuring a white Christmas is to somehow engineer a new date for the yuletide festivities.

"If Christmas was moved to the end of Febrruary there would be a greater probability of a white Christmas," said Laurin.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

How to work 9-5 and travel the rest of the time

A full-time job shouldn't stop you from satisfying your wanderlust. The Local spoke to Travel After 5 blogger Alline Waldhelm to find out her tips and tricks for travellers who only have 25 days of annual leave.