Autumn equinox brings (almost) equal day and night from Inari to Hanko

Monday marks the point when the sun moves from the northern half of the globe to the south, and our days get shorter and shorter towards the winter equinox in December.

File picture of autumn leaves / Credit: News Now Finland

It’s official – in case there was any doubt – summer is turning into autumn.

Monday marks the date of the autumn equinox, when both the northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of daylight.

From now until the winter equinox in late December, the days get shorter and shorter in Finland.

The reason we have equinoxes are because the earth rotates on a tilting axis. For half the year the the northern part of the planet is tilted towards the sun, and for the other half of the year the southern part of the planet is tilted that way.

The whole country should get about equal amounts of day and night on the autumn equinox but it does vary slightly.

At Finland’s southernmost tip Hanko, sunrise today is at 07:14 with sunset at 19:25. That makes 12 hours and 10 minutes of daylight.

However at Inari in northern Lapland, sunrise is still earlier at 06:55 this morning, with sunset coming at 19:11. That makes 12 hours and 15 minutes of daytime.