Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Samoa To Jump Forward In Time By One Day

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa, is planning on switching to the west side of the International Date Line. It is hoping to boost it's economy with it's two biggest trading partners, Australia and New Zealand. At the moment, being on the east side of the line, it is 21 hours behind Sydney. The switch on December 29th, will put it to 3 hours ahead, thereby making it easier to trade. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said: "In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, we're losing out on two working days a week."

"While it's Friday here, it's Saturday in New Zealand and when we're at church Sunday, they're already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane."

Samoa is located approximately halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii and has a population of 180,000 people.

28 comments:

  1. pretty unusual story... great stuff

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  2. that is very weird but like AJay said, sounds logical.

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  3. Logical but wouldn't care too much about it

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  4. I'm sure this won't confused everyone for the first month or so.

    "oh wait its sunday..." >_<

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  5. Makes since, I'm sure it would be confusing for a while.

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  6. Haha this was certainly not one of the usual stories you read online. It was interesting reading.

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  7. I wonder how this will effect the pirate raids!

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  8. Yeah I read about it earlier, must be very annoying being a day after everyone else

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  9. Sounds like a good idea, but still makes me laugh. Hey guys, lets just change time today. It will help our economy.

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  10. That sounds pretty crazy but it makes sense and I guess there isn't really much to it!

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  11. Can't think of a reason why they wouldn't make the change.

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  12. Makes sense when you think about it!

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  13. It does make sense but how are they going to decide which day to switch (lose) for that week? It is of consequence.

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  14. Interesting post. Geography is intriguing to me.

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  15. I'm betting they do it over a weekend or something. A pretty good idea, hope this works out!

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  16. changing times like that is so weird ^^

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  17. Well...dunno if that will actually help the economy, but crazy idea!

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  18. This may make it easier to do simple scheduling, but boost the economy? I don't know...

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  19. Looks like the bail on the American economy has begun.

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  20. I think this is a good move for Samoa, I know wven here in Australia towns will operate on time-zones different to their states' capital city if it is more convenient for their commerce or community's needs.

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  21. Sounds like it could confuse the general population, but if it is for the economy, I guess the population can take another one for the team...

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  22. That seems like it could confuse the general population. However, I'm sure everyone in Samoa is willing to take one for the team in the benefit of the economy.

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  23. "NOW WE ARE IN THE FUTURE!!! MUWHAHAAH"

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