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Nordic woman washing clothes in winter feels like an obstacle course we wouldn't survive

She goes through several tools, freezing water, and a big path of ice to complete the laundry process.

Nordic woman washing clothes in winter feels like an obstacle course we wouldn't survive
Image Source: Youtube/Jonna Jinton

Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 25, 2022. It has since been updated.

Laundry day is one of the most dreadful days of our week. Whether you use a washer at home or go to a laundromat, it is a big task to accomplish or so we think. If you live in Nordic countries, closer to the north pole, doing laundry is such a big ordeal that will make us feel embarrassed to complain about our process. Jonna Jinton lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, and documents her life living in an extremely cold place.

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Image Source: Jonna Jinton/Youtube


Everything is challenging when you are living around snow where the sun rises once in 6 months and sets in another 6. She posted a video describing how Nordic people do laundry and it is no less than preparing for war. She walks quite far from her house with a basket full of dirty laundry and sets it down on a plain of ice. She then goes ahead to dig out snow from four holes in the ground to access water. It doesn't end here as she goes ahead to cut the sheet of ice with a big ice saw. It looks like this requires extreme arm strength and you might want to lift some weights before trying to do laundry in Sweden.


Image Source: Jonna Jinton/Youtube
Image Source: Jonna Jinton/Youtube


Jinton then has to pull big blocks of ice to clear her path to find freezing icy water. She then dumps all the clothes in the square she created with so much effort. Her difficulties don't end there after she brings back washed clothes to her house, almost 5 feet of ice greet her and she was to wade her way through it. She then has to fight strong cold winds to hang the clothes out for drying. 

This video surprised the viewers on Youtube and several people from Sweden confirmed that this is completely accurate. One person even went ahead and said that they saw the first washing machine after traveling to a foreign country at 37 years of age. Another said, "I’m from Norway and moved to the UK about a year and a half ago. No idea how I’m supposed to do my laundry now!"


Image Source: Jonna Jinton/Youtube
Image Source: Jonna Jinton/Youtube


Jinton is living her dream in Gothenburg and she moved there in 2010 to her ancestral village. She described the experience as "coming home" and the place challenged her in beautiful ways. She wrote on her website, "This place gave me inspiration like nothing I’ve ever felt before. It became my passion to create beautiful things, and I started sharing it on social media platforms."

She has over 4 million subscribers on YouTube and people love watching her videos of her challenging life in a scenic village in Sweden. Her video describing her laundry process has 22 million views and another one of her videos describing living in darkness has 16 million views. She wrote in the video's description, "Dark winters with no sunlight for many weeks, and bright summers with sunlight 24 hours/day. How is it to live with the extreme light conditions that countries in the Northern Hemisphere have?" The video again contains some surprising ways Nordic people adapt to living in darkness for 6 months. 

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