Energy Company Brightens Bus Shelters to Fight Seasonal Depression

Lights in the dark of northern Sweden


Swedish bus-stop therapy. It's nowhere near as kinky as it sounds. Power company Umeå Energi recently outfitted 30 transit shelters in its namesake city in northern Sweden with lights designed to help travelers combat the depression brought on by Seasonal Affective Disorder, which can be triggered by winter darkness. (That particular region of the socialist utopia apparently gets about five hours of sunlight per day.) Some residents have a less-than-illuminated attitude to the new lights.

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