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In the doldrums this autumn


41% of Swedes get depressed by the darkness during the autumn and winter. As a cure for the shorter days and longer nights, Swedes like to indulge themselves in spa treatments, dinners at restaurants and shopping. However, the most popular way to cheer one’s self up during the dark months is to travel – according to a survey by FOREX Bank.

   The survey shows that four in ten Swedes are depressed by the dark and that one in three people choose a trip abroad to remedy their depression. It’s also more common for young people to feel depressed by the dark. In the age group 18-29 years, 47% say that they get depressed.
   This year the Christmas period is perfectly timed for a long holiday abroad. Even though it might not be a complete solution to the autumn darkness, it will still be something to look forward to as the days get shorter – says Mattias Varén, FOREX Bank’s Travel Economist.

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