An island in Norway "declares war" on the clock and does not want a timetable in light season


The inhabitants of the Sommarøy island in Norway where there is no night 69 days a year want to be "free of the clock" in that period and have more flexible school and work shifts to make the most of the long days of summer.

People on the island of Sommarøy demand the cancellation of ordinary working hours and "conventional time" during the midnight sun period from May 18 to June 26, said Kjell Ove Hveding.

Hveding met this month with lawmakers to deliver a petition signed by dozens of islanders who support the establishment of a "zone without official time" and to analyze any practical and legal obstacle in order to ignore watches either day or night during that time.

"It sounds crazy, but at the same time it's pretty serious."

Sommarøy, located in the north of the Arctic Circle, is dark from November to January. The proposal for the area without official hours seeks to facilitate that the inhabitants, especially students, employees, and workers, take advantage of most of those months of light outside the clock because then the opposite happens.

Eliminating the official time "is a great solution, although it is possible that a non-scheduled area will not be completely achieved because it will be very complex," Hveding said. "However, we have put the time element on the agenda, and we could get more flexibility ... to adjust to the light of day."

"The proposal also seeks to give peace of mind. I have seen people who suffer tension because they feel pressured by time."

Located west of Tromsoe, the island has 350 inhabitants. Fishing and tourism are the main economic sectors.

By Agencies

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