For the second time in the country’s history, Samoa will be switching its date. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele announced Monday that the country would be shifting to the west side of the International Date Line to be on a more similar time as Australia and New Zealand. The country changed to the east side in 1892 to be closer to the United States.

The prime minister said Samoa loses two business days in its current standing. “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,” he said. Australia and New Zealand are Samoa’s largest trade partners.


Samoa (D Kirkland/AP)

The International date line