[tz] Europe/Kiev to be renamed to Europe/Kyiv

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Fri Jan 8 18:07:03 UTC 2021

On 1/7/21 5:58 PM, Андрій Лавріненко wrote:
> Good afternoon!
> I'd like to report that the spelling of this Ukrainian city name has been
> changed from Kiev to *Kyiv*, as reflected by Google Maps

Thanks, we're aware of the renaming effort, and this has been a periodic 
source of discussion on the tz mailing list. I recently proposed a 
transition plan for Europe/Kiev → Europe/Kyiv here:


and I suggest you review that email thread. There's no rush; tzdb tends 
to move slowly about these things, due to compatibility concerns.

By the way, the choice of spelling should not be important to end users, 
as the tzdb spelling is not intended to be visible to them. End users 
should see their preferred spelling which would typically be Київ, but 
could also be Kyiv, Kænugarður, Κίεβο, 基輔, or whatever else is 
appropriate for the user's locale. The Unicode Common Locale Data 
Repository (CLDR) is a good source for these localized names; see 
<http://cldr.unicode.org/>. If your software application is exposing the 
string "Europe/Kiev" to users who prefer a different name, please send 
bug reports mentioning CLDR to the application's developers. Thanks.

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