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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Samoa to leap dateline by skipping December 30

Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

For Samoans, December 30 will be a day that never existed as the island nation makes a leap across the international dateline.

At midnight, Samoa's calendar will jump straight to Saturday, December 31, as it redraws the dateline to move to the western side.

The country will go from being the last place in the world to see the sunset to one of the first to see the sunrise.

The shift is aimed at improving trade with Australia and New Zealand.

Tour operators will also be able to offer visitors two New Year's Eves -- on Samoa and on American Samoa, an hour's flight away. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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