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These Are The Top 10 European Cities To Avoid If You Like Sun


The 21st of December marks the start of winter for our comrades in the North. In honour of this, Statista have looked into which countries in Europe experience the least amount of sun over a year. Whether this is a ‘top’ ten is a little bit subjective, but in any case, here are the ten gloomiest cities in Europe.

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“Topping” the list is Glasgow, with a paltry 1,203 hours of sun. Following the Scots is Rekjavik, in Iceland with 1,268 hours, and Birmingham taking third with 1,364 hours of sun.

To put this into perspective, there are 8760 hours in a year. Glaswegians only experience 7.2% of their year in sun. That’s not very much at all. For comparison, according to ENZ, Auckland has 2,050 sunlight hours, as does Wellington.

Judging by the rest of the ten, if you want a sunny European OE, you’ll want to steer clear of the northern countries. Hamburg has the most sun-hours on the list, but if you want to get that summer tan on, you’ll want to hit up somewhere like Barcelona. 2,524 hours of sunlight… Plus a siesta. What I wouldn’t give for a daily siesta. That’s the life.

That said, I’m sure there are good things to do in Glasgow and Birmingham that don’t involve the sun. Like architecture. Or drinking, pints or teas – either are good. Who doesn’t like a good cuppa? As long as there are Ginger Nuts to dip, right?


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