I always enjoy reading strange and interesting news – anything that isn’t immediately depressing is a good start! Apparently Samoa is going to jump its time forward by an entire day to try and boost its economy and trade prospects. At the moment it is almost a day behind nearby countries such as Australia making it difficult to trade (although I’m not sure why). It’s now going to move itself forward a day to be three hours in front of Australia. It can do this by switching sides on the international date line.
The main reason – according to Samoa – is that they are losing a day’s trading because by the time its Friday in Samoa the countries they trade most with are already on their weekend. This makes sense I suppose – although it does seem like a bit of a drastic measure.
I wonder how the Samoan people are going to react when they lose a day? I tried to imagine how I’d feel about it if it happened here, and ended up deciding that I probably wouldn’t care that much! A day isn’t going to change anything really, although I don’t know how it would actually work when they decide to switch it. The logistics of it (think of all the computer systems etc) are going to be a nightmare I’d imagine!