Bringing the Text to Life
In Finland, March and April are "birthday months." It is an amusing fact that far and away, more babies are born in those two months than during any other time of the year. Why a birthday spike in March and April?
For babies to be born in March or April they must, of course, have been conceived in June or July, the long, golden days of high summer. In the face of Finland's extreme northern latitudes, however, the summer days are almost endless with midsummer sunlight lasting for more than 20 hours of the 24-hour day.
While it may not be too surprising that the Fins' passion for life during these sun-drenched days is made manifest some nine months later, what is unexpected is the extremely low birthrate recorded in the months of July, August and September. The flip side of those long summer days are bleak weeks of near total darkness in November and December. With little or no daylight to speak of, most recreation during those dark winter days has to occur inside. Despite all those ...