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Countries to first see 2021

Because of the difference in time zones in different parts of the world, time varies from country to country. Which means the time in an Africa country may or may not have the same time as another country in Africa.

Taking Ghana and Nigeria for instance, Nigeria lies on longitude15° East of Ghana which means Nigeria is one hour ahead of Ghana. If the time is 10am in Ghana, it will be 11am in Nigeria.

A lot of people are not familiar with how the calculations are done. To find the difference in time zone of two countries, first find the difference in longitude. When you get the difference in longitude, you divide it by 15° which is one hour.

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the time measured on the Earth's zero degree line of longitude, or meridian. This runs from the North Pole to the South Pole, passing through the Old Royal Observatory in the London suburb of Greenwich.

Because of the difference in time in different countries, some countries have already seen 2021 and some are few hours away.

The first countries in the world to welcome a New Year are actually the Pacific islands of Tonga, Samoa and Christmas Kiribati, where January 1 commences at 10 am Greenwich Mean Time or 3:30 pm as per the Indian Standard Time (IST) on December 31.

New Year is first celebrated on the small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati. New Zealand follows next in celebrating the New Year, followed by Australia, Japan, and South Korea, while the last place to celebrate New Year is Bakers Island.

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