[tz] Change Request: Europe/Kiev to Europe/Kyiv

Derick Rethans tz at derickrethans.nl
Mon Apr 11 18:40:31 UTC 2022


This has been a contentious point on this list for quite some time now. Back when it was first raised the argument against changing it was that English media continued to primarily use Kiev. I then agreed with that assessment. 

This has now changed, and you'd be hard to press finding English speaking media to not use Kyiv. So now I also believe it is the right moment to switch this and make Europe/Kiev the back link to Europe/Kyiv. 


On 11 April 2022 16:38:38 BST, Oleksandr Leskiv via tz <tz at iana.org> wrote:
>The history of timezones has some existing cases where a specific timezone
>has been renamed. For example, the *Asia/Calcutta* timezone has been deemed
>obsolete and replaced by *Asia/Kolkata*.
>In Ukraine, according to international standards, there is a timezone
>called *Europe/Kiev*. The capital of Ukraine is officially and
>internationally should be spelled as "Kyiv". "Kiev" is an incorrect version
>that emerged a long time before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
>We have a really large community of programmers that would like to start
>the process of renaming the Europe/Kiev timezone to Europe/Kyiv. We
>understand that it will take a long time for everybody to transition, but
>it has to be done in the long term.
>Sincerely, Oleksandr.

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