Santa should shift his base to a peak in Kyrgyzstan: Scientists

December 23rd, 2007 - 2:02 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 23 (ANI): For centuries, Santa Claus address has been the North Pole. But now, a group of Swedish engineers have insisted that Father Christmas needs to relocate to Kyrgyzstan for distributing the Christmas gifts on time.

In order to reach the conclusion, the logistics experts calculated the most efficient route for Saint Nick to make his way round each of the world’s 2.5 billion households, and discovered that he is based in the wrong place.

So, they decided that his workshop needs to move 3,400 miles south, to a mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia, a country once part of the Soviet Union.

The isolated spot, 20 miles north of Kapkatash mountain in the Jalal-Abad region, would place him at the geographical centre of the world’s spread of children, with two of the biggest populations, China and India, at his footstep.

Anders Larsson, one of the experts behind the study at the Stockholm-based engineering consultants Sweco, which calculates optimum delivery routes for companies, said Kyrgyzstan is the best place because it is close to China and India, while it is also located in the northern hemisphere, which is more densely populated than the southern.

“Kyrgyzstan is the best place because it is close to China and India, while it is also located in the northern hemisphere, which is more densely populated than the southern, the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

“By starting his journey there, Santa can achieve the most efficient round-the-world trip to distribute Christmas gifts. He can eliminate detours and avoid undue strain on his reindeer, too, he added.

The Swedish programme recommends that Father Christmas start delivering his presents in eastern Asia, then fly west before finishing his journey in Alaska or Hawaii.

The Kyrgyzstan authorities have seized on the idea of relocating Santa to their country with enthusiasm.

Akbar Djigitov, tourism official, said: “It was a real surprise to find he would be best to set up his home in our country, but we think it perfect. Our mountains are very snowy, so he would feel at home.”(ANI)

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