Swedes Get Light Therapy While Waiting For Buses

UV PortraitOK conspiracy theorists, why is the electricity company in Sweden really dosing citizens with UV light? From Reuters:

Commuters in the northern Swedish town of Umea are being treated to ultra-violet light therapy as the long, dark winter for which the Nordic state is renowned draws in.

Energy company Umea Energi has decided to install ultra-violet lights at about 30 bus stops for people, which will be in place for the next three weeks.

“This is so people can get a little energy kick as they are waiting,” said Umea Energi marketing chief Anna Norrgard. Umea is about 600 km north of capital city Stockholm.

The company also wanted to highlight the fact that its energy comes from environmentally sound sources, she said. Any harmful rays from the light have been filtered out of it, the company said…

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  • http://twitter.com/XenoNexxus Christopher

    “Any harmful rays from the light have been filtered out of it, the company said…’
    Well, except for the ultraviolet ones.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      parts of the ultraviolet band are necessary for vitamin D and Melatonin production.

  • Anarchy Pony

    We’re a pale people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180747740 Dan Muench

    Vitamin D. They’re in a rather northerly latitude. It’s one of the reasons white people are white. You’ll also notice Inuit aren’t exactly going to pass for Guatemalan in terms of skin tone. If you’re taking vitamin D, you could just as easily take off your shirt and stand in the sun for about 15 minutes. Unless you’re a tanner, of course.

    When the Zombie Apocalypse hits, I’m just going to wear shorts and revel in both immunity and blinded zombies stumbling around :D

    It’s not going to do much good during the winter when people are bundled up however, but hey.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      Actually Inuit do look Guetamalan. That theory about why white people are white may not be true. It could have more to do with eating wheat.

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