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Fasting hours for Muslims worldwide during Ramadan by selected locations in 2020

Muslims residing in Oslo, Norway will be fasting for a total of 19 hours, between the times of 2:38 am and 9:38 pm. During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, observing Muslims worldwide abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sexual activities from sunrise to sunset.


The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar year; therefore, it is ten days shorter than the Gregorian solar calendar. Thus, Ramadan will take place from the 24th of April to 23rd of May 2020. The fasting hours are calculated from dusk until dawn of each day for the whole of the month of Ramadan. Differing fasting times in different places result from the fact that the length of each day varies based on the latitude of each location and changes each day due to the Earth's orbit around the sun. However, there might be slight interpretational differences between different schools of thought and branches of Islam.

Muslim world

According to the latest estimations there are over 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide. It is estimated that that by 2026 the Muslim population will increase to over 2.98 billion narrowing the gap with Christianity, whose community is projected to grow to just over three billion by then. The majority of Muslims worldwide are located in Asia, though it is only a quarter of the continent’s population.

Length of fasting for Ramadan for Muslims worldwide on May 10, 2020, by selected countries

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

April 24th to May 23rd, 2020

Supplementary notes

Note: The cities outlined in this statistic are examples of locations within Muslim countries or with a substantial Muslim Diaspora.

The day chosen to outline the fasting hours is 10th May 2020.

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