Norwegians ask for more time: they are introducing a 26-hour day!

14. 04. 2024 | Natalie Bezděková

The mayor of Vadsø in Norway, Wenche Pedersen, has asked the European Commission to approve the introduction of a 26-hour day in the Finnmark region, which lies above the Arctic Circle and has a population of around 76 000. The move is aimed at attracting new residents who value time with family and leisure activities such as fishing.

In a letter to the European Commission, Pedersen asked for approval to create a time zone with 26-hour days instead of the standard 24-hour days. While it is unclear how such an extended day would work in practice, Pedersen stressed that the goal is to attract new residents with this unique concept.

According to the mayor, a key attraction of the Finnmark region is the time people can use for quality leisure activities. She believes that an influx of new residents could strengthen the community and improve living conditions in the region.

The plan is part of a project called MOREtime, which aims to boost the Finnmark region’s lifestyle and offer people more time for hobbies and family activities. Norway, although not a member of the European Union, needs approval to implement this plan as it is part of the European Economic Area.

While the European Union is unlikely to approve the region’s application, Pedersen hopes that at the very least the move will draw attention to the uniqueness of northern Norway and bring awareness to the wealth of leisure the region has to offer.

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Natalie Bezděková

I am a student of Master's degree in Political Science. I am interested in marketing, especially copywriting and social media. I also focus on political and social events at home and abroad and technological innovations. My free time is filled with sports, reading and a passion for travel.


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