Thesis statement: The brutal climate and the homogeneous society in Norway is a major influence in Norway’s high depression rate.
In the winter the sun doesn’t stay up very long in Norway and higher north it doesn’t come up at all. Researchers think that the lack of vitamin D from missing the sunlight is a contributor to SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Because of the very cold and cruel landscape it is harder to be outside to enjoy fresh air and to asbod vitamin D. The 5th “Star Wars” movie even filmed all the Hoth scenes in Norway, Hoth being the inhabitable ice plant.
Norwegians do like being outside very much and being active; if its hiking, running, and skiing. Many studies show that exercise helps reduce depression. Norway has the highest GPA, is named the best place to live, and has a very healthy organic food at that is easy to get. So why is Norway taunted with depression? It would seem like it would have the least amount of depression but more than half of the population have suffered from depression at one point in their lives. So there must be more than the harsh climate and lack of vitamin D affecting Norwegians.
Norway do have the resources to better themselves but it will take longer than others because of their homogeneous society, that don’t allow them to believe they can suffer from depression. Norwegians are very proud people who live a very good life finically and physical. There is a misconception that only people who have many things to be sad about have depression. In 2009, the average Norwegian over the age of 15 bought 6.8 litters of alcohol, not including the amount that was reported stolen. Seeking help is looked at as a weakness in Norwegian society; the high consumption of alcohol and drugs is the way that young people deal with their depression.