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Somaloy Island: A Timeless Paradise Where Life Unfolds at Its Own Pace

   Sommerloi Island, located on the west coast of Norway, is located in the Arctic Circle and has more than four months of polar day and night every year. When polar day and polar night come, the boundaries of time become blurred. People often see the red sun hanging high at four or five in the morning, and cannot accurately feel the passage of time.
   The residents of Somaloy Island want to fight against this “silent passing” and are unwilling to let time control their lives. They smashed the clocks, deleted all time-related records, and lived by instinct. As a result, Somaloy Island became “the only place in the world where there is no time.”
  Live your life how you want. How
   do they abandon time and carry out daily activities and work? The answer is, it all depends on feeling! At seven o’clock in the morning, people who follow the law of time start a new day of life, and the residents of Somaloy Island may have just fallen asleep; at two o’clock in the middle of the night, even those who enjoy the nightlife gradually meet with Zhou Gong, but the residents of Somaloy Island Invite friends, meet to play football and camp on the grass, go to the beach to swim and enjoy the scenery in the middle of the night.
   No one here will complain about you disturbing the public, and no one will look at you with disapproval. Even if you suddenly want to weed, plant flowers, or tidy up the garden environment, you can always grab the tools and start work without any mental burden. People have complete autonomy to decide what to do when, even if they go to work at three in the afternoon, it doesn’t matter.
   Because on Somaloy Island, the sun does not clock in and out strictly according to the daily “schedule”. Its wanton appearance gives local residents a sense of freedom in time control. Stores open when employees wake up and come to work; schools open when teachers and students are ready; fishermen go out to sea to fish when they are full and full. Everyone enjoys a life that is not bound by time and respects each other’s arrangements for each day. The arbitrary rhythm makes this island a true “time zone-free” place.
   There is no 9 to 5 here, no “996”, “007” and other working tenses that erode employees’ personal time, and no one will tell you what time it is and what you should do. But this does not mean that people can “lie down” unscrupulously, it just symbolizes a freer lifestyle. Island residents still need to complete corresponding output according to specified needs, but they can decide their own time allocation, truly achieving “flexible life.”
  Time loses its meaning here.
   From November to February of the following year, there is a long period of extreme day and night on Somaloy Island. During the polar night, a thick curtain of darkness covered the sky over the entire island, unable to reveal the slightest light. Islanders are prone to depression when they are stuck in darkness for a long time and can only stay at home without being able to go out to sea to fish. Therefore, every time the polar night ends, the islanders will gather together to celebrate the arrival of light. Everyone even reached an agreement that factories, schools and shops are not allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis, but operate according to everyone’s needs. The islanders who make a living by fishing have gradually given up traveling during the polar night, choosing to travel during the sunny day when the weather is clear, and stay at sea for several days.
   In order to further obtain a free and clear work cycle and reduce the impact of extreme day and night on life, islanders expressed their opinions and hoped that the relevant departments could consider abolishing the time system to provide everyone with a better working and living environment.
   The final promoter of the proposal to “remove time” was Sher-Olav Hevidin. In 2019, the residents of Somaloi Island made a decision that shocked the world: they jointly signed a special system—applying to the international community to abolish the island’s time limit. Scheer collected the opinions and signatures of 321 residents of the entire island and solemnly handed the signatures to the parliamentary representative Kent Gudmundson, hoping that this decision to abandon time would be recognized by the authorities. Relevant departments have already paid attention to the issue of extreme day and night on the island, and after some procedures, they agreed to the proposal.

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