The concept of time is one of those things that most of us wouldn’t know how life would be without it. But just imagine – living in a place where time doesn’t exist. Or rather, doesn’t matter.
A small Norwegian island is looking to make this happen.
Sommarøy, it is located about west of the city of Tromsø in Troms county, Norway. The island is a popular tourist destination due to its bright sandy beaches and nice scenery.
A serious effort to get rid of the concept of time is what the residents believe will allow them to do:
“what we want, when we want”.
Citizens of Sommarøy argue that ordinary business hours shouldn’t apply to them because they do not experience time like the majority of the rest of the world becasue the sun doesn’t rise in winter or set in summer on Sommarøy. It seems that most of the island’s three hundred residents have reasons as to why it’s a bout time they had no-time.
Kjell Ove Hveding, leader of the Time-Free campaign, said the goal is – flexibility.
“In many cases this can be linked to the feeling of being trapped, and here the clock plays a role. We will be a time-free zone where everyone can live their lives to the fullest.”
According to Hveding, the move to get rid of time would just be formalizing something that happens naturally.
The campaign gained international attention after Hveding publicly handed a petition to local MP Kent Gudmundsen in June to discuss the practicalities and challenges of implementing it going forward.
Since then, other northern towns, including Finnmark and Nordland, have reportedly lended their support behind the idea too.