When you move to the north, there may be many things you wonder about or things you may not even have thought about. Here is a short guide on things to consider when moving to Boden.
In the summer, spring and fall, it’s business as usual in Boden, but in the winter, it’s a good idea to update your wardrobe for the winter climate.
When it’s cold outside, it’s best to dress in layers to give your body adaptable protection from the cold, wet and wind. So it’s good to have a good winter jacket, a base layer, a mid-layer and your regular clothes when you live in Norrbotten. Then you can adjust the number of layers you wear depending on the temperature. In most cases, a good winter jacket and your regular clothes will suffice for going to work, but on some days you may need a base layer and if you’re going to be out for longer periods you may need a mid-layer.
Keep in mind that it is the air that heats. It is therefore important that clothes in winter are large enough. Garments that are too small and pressed together with no air gap between them make you cold. In shoes that are too small, you will also be cold.
The most important thing in cold weather is to have good clothing on your head, hands and feet. Invest in a good pair of winter shoes, you won’t regret it.
Local transport in northern Sweden is not as good as in the larger cities, and if you live outside the city, it is difficult to get around without a car at certain times of the day. If you plan to own a car, there are some things to consider.
The weather is a bit up and down these days, it can be minus 20 one day and rain the next, leading to slippery surfaces. Shoe studs are good to have to make days like these easier. Luckily, Boden is immediately graveled and sanded when the slippery weather arrives, so you rarely have to worry for long.
It’s no surprise that it snows in the north, and that’s kind of what points 1-3 have been about, but if you live in the north, snow removal is something you should think about. In residential neighborhoods, the municipality plow the roads, but this often creates plow marks on your driveway that you are responsible for removing. And you are responsible for shoveling your own driveway and paths on your property. In rental apartments and condominiums, you are often responsible for shoveling your own parking space.
Of course, when we say summer is bright, we mean very bright. In Boden, we have the midnight sun, which means it’s bright around the clock during the summer months. So if you are sensitive to light when you sleep, it is well worth buying blackout curtains for your bedroom.
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