The Shortest Day of the Year in the North

Today, on the 22. and the December solstice the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun and it is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, where we call it the Winter Solstice.

Winter Solstice in Norway is called ‘solverv’, historically a day celebrated in the Norse era. The Norwegian name for Christmas ‘jul’ has its origin from the Norse Winter Solstice celebration called ‘jól’. All of this was changed when the Nordic Region was christened, but they kept the name Jul as a compromise and today everyone will wish each other Merry Christmas by saying ‘God Jul’.

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