[tz] Request for change to the tz database

Nadia Kobyliak Nadia.Kobyliak at reforms.in.ua
Mon Feb 8 09:47:15 UTC 2021

Dear Arthur and Paul,

I would like to draw your attention to one of the names of the UTC+2 time zone: Europe/Kiev . And suggest changing it to Europe/Kyiv.

This name is derived from the name of Ukrainian capital “Київ”. Its official transliteration(1) is “Kyiv” and not “Kiev”. The transliteration “Kyiv” was approved by the Tenth United Nations Conference on Standardization of Geographical Names(2). This is a warranty of the campaign KyivNotKiev launched by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine(3).

This is a very important issue for Ukrainians in establishing our national identity in times of an armed conflict and hybrid war by propaganda and misinformation. “To appreciate the significance of the “Kyiv vs. Kiev” debate, one must first step back and view it in terms of the deep-rooted national identity crisis caused by centuries of Tsarist and Soviet russification.” (4)

It would make a huge difference if you considered this suggestion! And please let me know, if there is something else I should do to substantiate this proposal.


  1.  According to the rules approved by Governmental decree from 27 January 2010 №55: https://www.kmu.gov.ua/npas/243262567 This particular example could be found there.
  2.  Resolution X/9. Romanization of Ukrainian geographical names could be found in the Report of the Conference: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/docs/10th-uncsgn-docs/econf/E_CONF.101_144_Report%20of%20the%2010th%20UNCSGN_e.pdf

Document approved by the resolution: “Romanization System in Ukraine” https://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/docs/10th-uncsgn-docs/econf/E_CONF.101_84_Roman_system_Ukraine_eng.pdf

  1.  It may also be interesting for you to find out more about the movement on Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KyivNotKiev
  2.  An article on this matter in English could be found on Atlantic Council web-site: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/kyiv-not-kiev-why-spelling-matters-in-ukraines-quest-for-an-independent-identity/

Kind regards,
Nadia Kobyliak

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