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24-hour polar nights recede in Sweden's north

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24-hour polar nights recede in Sweden's north
08:05 CET+01:00
Kiruna saw its first rays of sunshine in three weeks on New Year's Day and soon the sun will be returning to reclaim the rest of Norrland County from the winter's 24-hour polar nights.

The sun rose in Kiruna, in Sweden's far north, at 11.36am on January 1st, reported local Norrländska Socialdemokraten newspaper.

It marked the end of 24-hour darkness that began on December 10th when the sun set for the last time in 2012.

However, northern parts of Kiruna Municipality still have to wait a few days for the sun to return.

Weather permitting, residents of Abisko and Kuttainen will see the sun on Sunday, while Kummavuopio has to wait until Tuesday as long as it is not clouded over, reported NSD.

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