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

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at Shaw.ca
Sat Apr 1 18:34:20 UTC 2023

The HTML email in the mailing list archive is not easily readable, as it is 
rendered as text/plain, but the PM's PDF attachment letter to Air Greenland, 
IATA, and the rest of us, renders in the browser; for reference:


On 2023-04-01 01:15, Jacob Pratt via tz wrote:
> 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 <mailto: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 <https://iana.org/tz>
>     [2]: https://mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz/2022-December/032402.html
>     <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 <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 <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 <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 <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
>     <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 <https://www.iflscience.com/greenland-has-changed-its-clocks-for-the-last-time-embracing-daylight-savings-forever-68213>

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis              Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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