Samoa International Date Line Change
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Samoa travels in time at the end of 2011 when it officially changes time zone to be in line with Australia and New Zealand. Samoa will jump from the 29th to the 31st of December and will be one of the first nations to greet the New Year.
The International Date Line Act 2011 (the Act) commences at 12 o'clock midnight, on Thursday 29th December 2011. In effect we will be waking up on Saturday 31st December 2011, and loose one day in our lives as there will be no Friday 30th December 2011 in the history of Samoa.
Samoa's standard time will be 13hours in advance of Co-ordinated Universal time for the whole of Samoa.
The Act applies to all maps, charts and atlases which reflect the International Date Line and any document referring to a point of time in connection with the International Date Line. After the commencement of this Act (that is 29th December 2011), all maps, charts and atlases prepared in Samoa or for the government of Samoa must accurately depict the International Date Line at 171 degrees longitude west of Greenwich.