With current temperatures hovering around zero, many residents from Luxembourg’s sizable Nordic population are celebrating the weather as comfortable and even warm.
Teija Jalovaara, who comes from central Finland, says: “That’s one of the reasons I took a job here, for these mild winters that could be mistaken for a spring day where I’m from.”
Christoffer Hagervall, who moved to the Grand Duchy last summer from his hometown of Umea in northern Sweden, says that he’s delighted by the sub-tropical climate of this southern country.
“I can’t wait to take a little winter dip in a nearby lake, which in my region is impossible at this time of the year because all the lakes are frozen,” he said. “My only worry is that I might find the water too tepid, and that I won’t feel properly refreshed.”
However, not everyone from northern climes is happy about the sub-zero temperatures the country is encountering. Junglinster resident Sergey Khorunov, originally from Yakutsk in north-eastern Russia, describes the current weather as “an unbearable heat wave.”
“It’s so hot, I can hardly walk to the bus stop without my suit getting soaked with sweat and feeling like I might pass out,” he said. “Fortunately, I have a very compassionate and open-minded boss who allowed me to move my desk to a patio outside, so at least I can enjoy a slight breeze and not suffer from intolerable 22-degree heat inside the building.”