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Ramadan 2018: Longest and shortest fasting times in the world

We look at the countries that have the longest and shortest intervals from Fajr to Maghreb

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We used sunrise and sunset timings in major cities of these countries to calculate the intervals between Fajr (preceding sunrise by 90 minutes) and Maghreb (marking sunset) on the first day of Ramadan, May 17

Fun fact In countries where sunset and sunrise are too close (less than 3 hours apart) or are indistinguishable, fatwas have been issued to allow Muslims to follow the timings of the closest city that has have distinguishable day and night timings. 

Note: These timings are of the expected first day of Ramadan only and the timings are in '' format. Hover over each bar to see times.

The longest fast in Europe based on our findings is in Iceland with just four hours of night time, while Spain, Turkey and other countries have comparatively lower intervals, ranging around 16 hours of fasting.

Greenland being the northern-most country in the Americas has the longest interval between Fajr and Maghreb at 20 hours and 8 minutes. Argentina has the shortest fasting time at 11 hours and 46 minutes. 

The shortest fast out of all our neighbouring Arab countries will be in Sana'a, Yemen at 14 hours and 22 minutes.

Australia in the south also has short fasting times at around 11 hours and 50 minutes.