[tz] Ecuador time zone list

Robert Elz kre at munnari.OZ.AU
Mon Sep 19 12:19:55 UTC 2022

    Date:        Mon, 19 Sep 2022 11:21:37 +0100
    From:        David via tz <tz at iana.org>
    Message-ID:  <39316283-6bc5-cd01-f7d0-a1c61f44bad5 at pov.es>

  | Ecuador has currently two time zones, one for the mainland, and 
  | another for the Galapagos Islands.


  | The city that is listed for the mainland is Guayaquil, with no mention 
  | of the capital Quito.

Being the capital is irrelevant.   We also do not have Washington,
Ottawa, Beijing, or New Delhi as zone names for zones in the USA, Canada,
China, or India, but rather New York (which isn't even the capital of
its state), Toronto, Shanghai, and Kolkata instead.

  | Guayaquil is the second most populous city in Ecuador,

The population data I have seen suggests it is the most populous,
at about 2 million people, with Quito second, at about 1.4 million.

Certainly deciding what exactly is to be counted as being the city for
these purposes isn't always simple, and relative populations do alter
over time, but once a city is chosen as the name for a zone, being
consistent means that we rarely change.

(Eg: it may be that the population of Beijing is now greater than, or
at least, similar to, that of Shanghai - but it wasn't when the name
was chosen).

  | but why it is the only city listed is odd.

There is only one (as we understand, and you confirmed above) mainland
timezone.   The timezone and its data is what is important, not its name.
One zone needs only one name.

This project has (long ago) decided to pick the name of the most populous
city/town to use the timezone in question as the name of the zone, and
by that rule, and the population data available, Guayaquil is it.

  | It is akin to choosing Marseilles as the only city for France instead of 
  | Paris.

Paris is more populous than Marseilles.   As is London than Birmingham.
Capitals are often (but not always) the biggest city, so it happens that
the names of capitals are chosen as timezone names quite frequently, but
it has nothing at all do do with them being the capital.

  | Is there any chance of having Quito added?

Not a lot I suspect.    But if you have some particular desire to have
that happen locally (if you ever really normally ever see the zone name)
you can simply make a link (or copy) of the zone data file (the TZif file).


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