[tz] Kyiv not Kiev error

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Mon Feb 7 18:23:27 UTC 2022

On 2/4/22 14:18, Євген Доманський via tz wrote:

> There is an error in name of the capital city of Ukraine - Kiev ('Київ' in
> Ukrainian language).

Thanks, we're aware of the effort to change the English-language 
spelling of Київ 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 software 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, Kijev, Kyjev, Kijów, Кіеў, Κίεβο, Kænugarður, 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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