[tz] Macquarie Island - ISO 3166-1 code AQ vs AU

Stuart Bishop stuart at stuartbishop.net
Fri Apr 12 10:13:59 UTC 2013

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM, Tobias Conradi
<mail.2012 at tobiasconradi.com> wrote:

>>>>Macquarie Island in the IANA time zone database is AQ and not Australia.
>>> Macquarie island is part of Australia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macquarie_Island
>> In Wikipedia, not in the IANA time zone database.
>> ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/data/zone.tab
>> AQ -5430+15857 Antarctica/Macquarie Macquarie Island Station, Macquarie Island
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macquarie_Island categorized as belonging
> to Tasmania, which in turn is given as part of Australia.
> What is the reason to have Macquarie Island as AQ Antartica in the
> IANA time zone database?

Macquarie Island is politically Australian territory, but
geographically on the Antarctic continent. I don't know if the 'ISO
3166 2-character country code' zone.tab refers to is supposed to
reference the political or geographic code, but it at least seems
consistent with respect to the Antarctic bases and islands.

Stuart Bishop <stuart at stuartbishop.net>

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