I started back in 2003 when it was still next to impossible to get hot peppers in Finland, especially outside of the greater Helsinki metropolitan area. I was at the time living about 160km north of Helsinki and had a yard with east-west exposure that only got about 3-4 hours of direct sunlight during the late afternoon-early evening. It wasn't perfect but wasn't impossible either. Majority of the peppers I grew during the 2000s were cayenne, followed by habanero and apache.
Fast forward to today and I have the most perfect back yard ever. Southern exposure with no shade (I chopped down everything that cast shade onto my growing area). Almost 19 hours of daylight during June in Helsinki (https://www.timeandd...elsinki?month=6). In addition to hot peppers, I also like to grow California Wonders and pick them while green. I may switch entirely to pubes next year as they are suited so well to the Finnish climate.