Norway, where the sun doesn’t set, an island has ‘Days’ for 69 days of the year (that lasts from May 18 to July 26), and they want to go “time free” (which mean a place without a Time Zone). Furthermore, have more flexible traditional business hours, schools and working hours to make the most of their long summer days.
People on the island of Sommaroy, are pushing to get rid of “conventional timekeeping” during the midnight sun period.
Residents met with a Norwegian lawmaker this month to present a petition signed by dozens of islanders in support of acknowledging the “time-free zone”. And to discuss any practical and legal obstacles to basically ignoring what clocks say. “It’s a bit crazy, but at the same, it is pretty serious,” a resident said.
Sommaroy island, which lies on the north of the Arctic Circle, stays dark from November to January. The idea behind the time-free zone is that there will be no use of timepieces, which would make it easier for residents, especially students, employers and workers, to make the most of the ‘Valuable all day’ months, when the opposite is true.
“The idea is also to chill out. I have seen people suffering from stress because they were pressed by time.”
“Going off the clock is a great solution but we likely won’t become an entirely time-free zone as it will be too complex,” said the resident. And further continued, “But we have put the time element on the agenda, and we might get more flexibility … to adjust to the daylight.”
Sitting west of Tromsoe, the island has a population of 350. Fishery and tourism are the main industries.
Finland last year had lobbied for the abolition of European Union daylight savings time after a citizens’ initiative collected more than 70,000 signatures. Way to go Finland!
The abolition of a time-zone? That’s up to Norway’s government.
Do you think having a clock is better or rather chill and let the days pass by?
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