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Monday 14 October 2019

Residents on this Norwegian island want to go 'time-free'

Sommaroey, north of the Arctic Circle (Photo: Google Maps)
Sommaroey, north of the Arctic Circle (Photo: Google Maps)

Residents on an Arctic Norwegian island with 69 days of constant light in the summer say they want to go "time-free" and be more flexible with school and working hours to make the most of the long days.

Resident Kjell Ove Hveding said people on the island of Sommaroey, north of the Arctic Circle, should get rid of traditional business opening hours and "conventional time-keeping".

That is because the sun does not set from May 18 to July 26.

He said on Wednesday he met with a Norwegian politician on June 13 to hand over a petition signed by dozens of islanders for a "time-free zone" and discuss its practical and legal challenges.

Sitting west of Tromsoe, the island has a population of 350 and fishery and tourism are the main industries.

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