Alexa

Samoa to skip to align calendar with Australia and New Zealand

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's next target is changing the Samoan flag (AFP/File, Torsten Blackwood)

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's next target is changing the Samoan flag (AFP/File, Torsten Blackwood)

The South Pacific nation of Samoa is vacillating between US, Australia and New Zealand. However, Samoa will skip tomorrow to align its calendar with nearby trading partners Australia and New Zealand.

Samoa comprises 2,934 square kilometers of two main islands and seven smaller ones as well as with less than 200,000 people. It was formally known as Western Samoa prior to 1997. According to a statement on the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labor’s website, it will move straight into New Year’s Eve at midnight. The country has lived almost one day behind its largest South Pacific neighbors for more than 120 years after American businessmen convinced officials to align its time closer to theirs.

“We will be waking up on Saturday 31st December 2011 and lose one day in our lives, as there will be no Friday 30th December 2011 in the history of Samoa,” said the statement from the Apia-based government.

According to the ministry’s website, The new time zone will put Samoa a day ahead of US controlled American Samoa, a smaller group of islands less than 100 miles east, which isn’t changing its time. Samoa will move west of the dateline, an imaginary north-to-south boundary that passes through the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with its American neighbor staying on the east.

According to the government’s website, Samoa’s government had approved the change in May after the time difference caused problems in business deals with Australia and New Zealand. The country effectively had only four working days in which to conduct business with the partners.


Updated : 2020-12-02 08:40 GMT+08:00