Inhabitants of a Norwegian island, where the sun does not set on 69 days a year, want to go "free time" and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days.
People on the island of Sommaroey are pushing to get rid of traditional business hours and "conventional timekeeping" during the midnight sun period from 18 May to 26 July, Kjell Ove Hveding said Wednesday.
The Norwegian lawmaker filed a petition this month signed by dozens of islanders to support the declaration of a "time-free zone" and discuss possible practical and legal obstacles to ignoring the watch language.
"It's a bit crazy, but it's also pretty serious," he said.
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Sommaroey, located north of the Arctic Circle, remains dark from November to January. The idea behind the time-free zone is that it would be easier for residents, especially students, employers and employees, to use the precious months when the opposite is the case.
Without Watches "is a great solution, but we probably will not be a totally time-free zone as it will be too complex," Hveding said. "But we put the time element on the agenda, and we could get more flexibility to adapt to the daylight."
EMACIATED POLAR BEAR SPOTTED IN THE RUSSIAN CITY, FAR FROM THE USUAL HABITAT 19659003] "The idea is also to relax, I've seen people who suffered from stress because they pushed through time were, "he said.
The island is located west of Tromsø and has 350 inhabitants main industries.
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Finland campaigned for the abolition of summer time in the European Union last year after a Civic Initiative had collected more than 70,000 signatures.