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

Thomas M. Steenholdt thms at nix.gl
Sat Apr 1 09:55:41 UTC 2023

The public information on the what has been decided regarding the 
Greenland timezone in the actual legislation, has been confusing to say 
the least. Even local news outlets seem to have either misunderstood the 
change, or reported on it with insufficient detail to clear things up. 
Unfortunately, this confusion has spilled over to the international press.

The mail from the prime minister's office, is pretty clear however:

Greenland (America/Nuuk) will keep observing DST but move from -03/-02 
to -02/-01 by not changing the clocks in the fall of 2023.

This is what's in TZDB today, so we should be good.

On 01/04/2023 05.15, Jacob Pratt 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> 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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