The tiny Pacific island nation of Samoa will skip an entire day on Friday as the international dateline is adjusted. The adjustment is being made so that the nation will be up to date with other international economic powers.
Samoa is currently the last nation in the world to see the beginning of a new day. They are almost a full day behind Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, they are five hours behind New York and ten hours behind London, according to Odd News.com.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the government called for the change back in June in an effort to strengthen economic relations with other nations.
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi stated:
"In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, we're losing out on two working days a week. While it's Friday here, it's Saturday in New Zealand and when we're at church on Sunday, they're already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane. Today we do a lot more business with New Zealand and Australia, China and Pacific Rim countries such as Singapore."
American traders had initially persuaded the Samoan government 119 years ago to align their time with the United States and its Pacific territories to help in trading with California.
Nearby American Samoa will not be included in the change.