[tz] Did Greenland abolish daylight saving from 2024 on?

Jacob Pratt jacob at jhpratt.dev
Sat Apr 1 07:15:52 UTC 2023

There was an email to this list on March 15 from the Prime Minister's
office. It was quite clear, and even included a table demonstrating DST
resuming next year.

While I saw the numerous articles as well, the only conclusion I could
reach is that every single one was (amazingly) wrong.

On Sat, Apr 1, 2023, 03:13 Paul Eggert via tz <tz at iana.org> wrote:

> This week several English-language news sources reported that Greenland
> has moved its clocks forward for the last time. These reports disagree
> with current TZDB[1], which follows Thomas M. Steenholdt's December
> email[2] saying that although in November Greenlanders voted to not fall
> back this fall, they also voted to continue to observe daylight saving
> time (DST) next year, effectively moving their time zone one hour east
> instead of abolishing DST.
> There's no disagreement about timekeeping this year. The first point of
> disagreement is March 30, 2024 at 23:00, when TZDB says Nuuk, Greenland
> will spring forward to 24:00, whereas the recent news reports say clocks
> will neither spring forward nor fall back during 2024.
> So who's right: Steenholdt in December, or these several recent news
> reports? Currently TZDB goes with Steenholdt. After all, he cited the
> relevant Greenland legislation and his email address ends in ".gl". I
> suppose another possibility, though, is that Greenland's government has
> changed its mind since November. However, if so I'd like to see
> citations to the newer legislation.
> The earliest recent news story I found on this topic was a week ago by
> Lebawit Lily Girma[3], senior travel news reporter for Bloomberg
> Pursuits. I'm taking the liberty of bcc'ing Girma to see if she can help
> get to the bottom of the situation.
> [1]: https://iana.org/tz
> [2]: https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/2022-December/032402.html
> [3]: Girma LL. Greenland Solves the Daylight Saving Time Debate.
> Bloomberg. 2023-03-24.
> https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-24/greenland-keeps-daylight-saving-time-permanently-changing-its-time-zone#xj4y7vzkg
> Here are some of the other news reports I found.
> Greenland to stay in daylight saving time forever. AP. 2023-03-27.
> https://apnews.com/article/greenland-daylight-saving-summertime-utc-gmt-3b5b90720fce47066cb086ba8f91cef4
> Martin M. Greenland is keeping daylight saving time permanently. NPR.
> 2023-03-28.
> https://www.wunc.org/2023-03-28/greenland-is-keeping-daylight-saving-time-permanently
> Selcho M. Here’s why Greenland is permanently keeping daylight saving
> time. Deseret News. 2023-03-28.
> https://www.deseret.com/u-s-world/2023/3/28/23660379/why-greenland-keeping-daylight-saving-time
> Jerusalem Post staff. Greenland changed their clocks to daylight savings
> for the last time. Jerusalem Post. 2023-03-29.
> https://www.jpost.com/international/article-735751
> Carpineti A. Greenland Has Changed Its Clocks For The Last Time,
> Embracing Daylight Savings Forever. IFLScience. 2023-03-29.
> https://www.iflscience.com/greenland-has-changed-its-clocks-for-the-last-time-embracing-daylight-savings-forever-68213
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