New Year’s Eve has come early to Samoa in the South Pacific which has skipped December 30 in a bid to boost its economy.
The tiny nation has moved across the international dateline. In other words, it has ditched time zone ties with the US to catch up with Australia and New Zealand, its big trading partners.
“There are many individual businessmen who have indicated to me that the move is very, very beneficial for their business,” said Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
Moving 24 hours ahead means fewer Samoans will have to work on Sundays, as they had to do to fit in with an Aussie or a Kiwi Monday.
Workers will still get paid for the missing day, on government orders. And while Samoa will no longer be the last place on earth to see the sunset every day, it will now be one of the first to welcome in each new morning.