The cities where the sun almost never happens
The hardest thing a person suffers the lack of sunlight. Depression, nervous disorders and chronic stress develop instantly. However, in the world there is quite a lively city where the sun rarely peeps. There is even an official rating the darkest planet settlements whose residents have become accustomed to constant twilight and overcast days.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1715
Murmansk is the largest city in the world, located in the Arctic Circle. However, the weather is not as bad as it might seem. In winter the temperature can warm up to -10 degrees Celsius - quite comfortable level. But the night, lasting a few months of the year, can be a real problem for the unprepared mind. During this period, the sun does not appear at all, filling even the daytime constant gloom.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1680
The city's name can be translated as "white bird" - it also depicts the local coat of arms. We are talking about alchemy: the locals are always engaged in the mining industry, which in the Middle Ages was inextricably linked with the alchemical workshops. Kiruna is in one hundred and fifty kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The sun appears only for a short period from May 30 to July 15, all the rest of the city residents have to put up with constant twilight, which become winter in the polar night.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1662
The local population almost totally occupied in the production and processing of marine resources. End 90 was here in constant anticipation of change: the talk of the transfer of the Kuril Islands of Japan were, at that time, very loud. But we, as you know, our land to the enemy will not give up a single inch of -Yuzhno-Kurilsk, with all its mists, cold and eternal Japanese will not get the night for no reason.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1540
Juneau is considered the largest state capital in America. Formally, the city occupies the entire territory of 8430 square kilometers. In fact, 99% of the area is a wild, overgrown with forests, mountains, with no signs of civilization a pleasure. Picture is complemented by the almost complete absence of sunlight, is able to bring to the depression and the cave troll.
Hours of sunshine per year: 1504
Second, the semi-official name -Metropoliya Cologne on the Rhine, which really shows the high status of the city, the largest and oldest cultural center of the whole country. Besides sun deficit Cologne reproach simply have nothing.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hours of sunshine per year: 1364
Two million people live in Birmingham, the second largest English city. The climate here is average in the country - is soft and wet, sharp transitions is not seen. It does not happen here, and bright sunlight, to which local residents have long been accustomed.
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Hours of sunshine per year: 1230
The whole northern part of the Pacific Ocean is famous for its inhospitable, bleak and rainy weather, with a seasoning of permanent fog. The port town of Prince Rupert looks like a real alien from the dark fantasies of Lovecraft - why do people still cling to this place, which is about to appear out of the water Cthulhu, is unclear.
Hours of sunshine per year: 992
Nikolskoye is the only settlement in the whole, pretty not so little Aleutian area. Only here you can find most of these Aleuts: apart from them, in the local context is not able to survive almost no one. Sunny day here - a rare and amazing phenomenon.
Hours of sunshine per year: 884Ctolitsa autonomous Faroe Islands is located on the east coast of the island streymoy. Torshavn is officially considered to be the cloud settlement in the world, solar panels come here not soon. Nevertheless, the locals very happy with their city - the standard of living of Torshavn is very significant.
Jan Mayen, Norway
Hours of sunshine per year: 823
And the title of the planet's dark city officially goes to the Norwegian Jan Mayen. Strictly speaking, to a normal city this place does not hold out - the entire population of the staff of several major state-owned stations.
Hours of sunshine per year: as lucky.
And a little bonus from the heart - to ignore Moscow, we just could not. The capital of our country is difficult to name a friendly and vibrant city: almost all the chances to enjoy the sunlight falls to local residents only in late spring and summer.