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Ice swimming embraced by people of happiest country in the world

Jan 10, 2019 - CNN

"It's going to make you feel so good!"

Katja Pantzar hears her friend call out encouragingly as she stands on a wooden dock in central Helsinki on a cold, dark and snowy winter evening. It's 14 F (-10 C), but all Pantzar is wearing is a swimsuit, a wool hat and borrowed neoprene gloves and booties. She's been told she's about to take a step toward curing all her problems, from aches and pains to feeling down.

Pantzar is about to take the plunge -- a dip into water that is warmer than...