Residents of a small island in the north of Norway want to stop using clocks.
The people of Sommarøy went to the town hall recently to speak to a member of the Norwegian parliament. They want to have a time-free zone on the island.
The island of Sommarøy is in the far north of Norway. There are about 300 people living there, and many of them work in the fishing and tourism industries.
Because Sommarøy is so far north, daytime and night-time are different from other places: between 18 May and 26 July the sun doesn’t go down. The island has 69 days of non-stop daylight. In winter it’s the opposite because from November to January the sun doesn’t rise, so there is no daylight.
The residents think that they can use the summer daylight better if they don’t look at the clock. Why go to bed just because the clock says it’s 11 p.m.?
“In summer, when we have the midnight sun, you can see people painting their house at 2 a.m., playing football or going to the beach,” said one island resident.
The people of Sommarøy hope that if the island is a time-free zone, people can have more flexible working hours and shops can open and close when they want. In this way the people of the island can use the daylight better. And maybe tourists will come to the island to relax and live without clocks for a few days.