Sydney: People across the world welcome year 2012 with spectacular fireworks and crowded
parties as billions mark the end of 2011 with noisy celebrations from Sydney to Stockholm.
In Australia, more than 1.5 million gathered at vantage points alongside Sydney Harbour to watch a pyrotechnic spectacule that had the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as its focal point.
In New Zealand, revellers already celebrated the ushering in of the New Year. As the clock struck 12, a brilliant display of fireworks lit up the sky in Auckland.
However, bad weather led to cancellation of outdoor events in several New Zealand cities and towns.
Earlier, Samoa and Tokelau in the Pacific marked the onset of 2012 after skipping a day by jumping west across the international dateline.