Do you think you know which nation has the most time zones? Think again, because the answer may surprise you.
Common sense tells us it should be Russia. The largest nation in the world should cover the most time zones, right? If your answer was Russia, you are incorrect. While Russia does boast an impressive 11 time zones within its borders, it takes second place to the unlikely champion: France.
While France’s territory is not as large as Russia, in terms of square miles, it has a much more global span of possessions. Its overseas territories have varying levels of autonomy, but French citizenship is enjoyed by the inhabitants thereof.
French overseas regions include Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, and Mayotte. Overseas collectives include French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Martin, and Saint Barthélemy. French Southern and Antarctic Lands is classified as a territory, and New Caledonia and Clipperton Island have special status.