Tallinn - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any particular mental health issues that tend to crop up at post, such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter blues)?

SAD is definitely a thing in the long dark winters here. I didn’t experience it myself, but the embassy does supply “happy lamps” for those that need it. The very long Christmas market and all the unique winter activities kept us busy and helped on those winter days when the sun was gone by 3pm. - Sep 2023

Winter blues is a possibility, indeed, as the winter lasts about 6 months, with very long nights. - Jun 2017

SAD can be an issue with the dark winters, but I find the generalized concern about this to be over blown. It is darker for perhaps 2 hours more per day here that the midwest of the US and then quickly lightens back up to very long, well-lit days. If anything, you might struggle more with the long, light filled days. - Sep 2016

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