Friday, December 30, 2011
Samoa Loses a Calendar Day
On the above map, Samoa is the red star in the center.
Photo courtesy MapQuest.com
Samoa is skipping December 30 and moving straight to December 31 in order to make a move west of the International Date Line. This will put them in the same time zone with their other island-nation neighbors, with whom they do the bulk of their business. Before this change, for instance, when it was Friday in Samoa it was Saturday in New Zealand, and when it was Sunday in Samoa it was Monday in New Zealand, so they lost two business days each week in which they could work together. Samoa believes this will help their economy. For more information click here.