Rovaniemi has been experiencing stream cold weather during the past weeks. The second half of January and early February this year have been extremely cold in Finland, with temperatures especially in Lapland hovering around minus 20 degrees Celsius, reaching below minus 37°C at times.
Wear extra layers and prefer wool
While cold temperatures challenges normal life, Rovaniemi residents have found ways to keep living as usual. The Daily Finland spoke to a few city dwellers to know about their reactions following the continuous severe cold weather.
Tapio Moilanen, a competitive poker player originally from Rovaniemi, said that one of the most important things to consider in dealing with cold is wearing proper clothing. When the temperature nears minus 20°C, he wears an extra layer under his regular clothing.
Kirsi Kuusisto, who works as a tour guide for a local safari company, echoed the statement. Wearing extra layers is crucial, she said, as is making sure that there is adequate space between the layers for insulation. She also emphasized the importance of clothing material. Wool is good because it keeps people warm and cotton should be avoided because it retains moisture.
Kuusisto added that layering is especially important for children, saying that when she dresses her son, she always makes sure that he is wearing two pairs of socks and gloves.
Rodrigo Emediato, who works as a data collector for a sports betting website, echoed that point, saying that when dressing his children in such temperatures, he and his wife always make sure they are wearing four layers.
Emediato, who moved to Finland from Brazil and has been living in Rovaniemi along with his Finnish wife said that his wife taught him how to dress in the cold, always telling him that staying warm is “all about the clothing.”
Cold weather makes transport more difficult, but not impossible
Transport is another factor to consider. Kuusisto said that the most important part of maintaining a normal life during cold weather is taking good care of vehicles. “If the car works, I can live my life normally.”
For Moilanen who uses a bicycle to go out, cold is an annoyance, making it more difficult, but not impossible, to get from one place to another.
All the respondents said that the extreme cold is something that people just need to get used to. While nothing can really prepare people for such extreme temperatures, taking time for preparation like the local people do can make all the difference.
City of Rovaniemi- Daily Finland Report