One giant leap for tiny Samoa

Change time zone, change day and change year all in one go.

One small step for North America,  one giant leap for Samoa.

Samoa Islands

Samoa changes time zone

Tiny Samoa in the South Pacific is going to make the bold move of changing from the eastern half of the globe to the western half at midnight December 30th, 2011.

This will separate Samoa (population 182,265) from American Samoa and place it in the same time zone as New Zealand and Australia where it was before it changed to join the Americas since July 4th, 1982.

The reason  given then was so that Samoa could enjoy increased commerce with the Americas , whereas now the reason is to increase commerce with New Zealand and Australia by increasing the amount of time during the day that offices in the respective areas are open for business.

Check out this brilliant BBC explanation of world time zones



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