FW: Time Zone change in GEORGIA (Eastern Europe), time zone is no w GMT+3 (no longer GMT+4)

Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov
Tue Oct 26 13:11:03 UTC 2004

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The change of Georgia to GMT+3 is already reflected in tzdata2004e.tar.gz;
the suggested move of Georgia to Europe from Asia is not.


-----Original Message-----
From: Aiet Kolkhi [mailto:aiet at qartuli.net] 
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 4:39 PM
To: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
Subject: Time Zone change in GEORGIA (Eastern Europe), time zone is now
GMT+3 (no longer GMT+4)


There has been a time zone change in GEORGIA (capital: Tbilisi).

Georgia used to be a GMT+4 country, with DST rules just like Berlin or
Paris, but since June 27, 2004, the newly-elected Parliament chose to set
national time GEST one hour erlier, just like it was in the old days.

As a result, the timzone Georgia belongs is GMT+3 (+1 hour during Daylight
Saiving Times, just like it is now). DST rules remain, i.e. DST starts on
March 28 and ends on Oct. 31.

You may read BBC story about the change here:

Also, the information has been already corrected at timeanddate.com  Here is
the link to Tbilisi, Georgia:

Another important notice: It would be more proper and politically correct to
list Georgia in (East) Europe section and not in Asia. Georgia was
considered Asian country due to improper information during Soviet times,
but since the break-up of the Soviet, Georgia tends to be included in Europe
rather than in Asia in more and more places. The BBC link I provided above
for example also includes Georgia in Europian region. It is correct, since
Georgia has always been more Europian country than Asian, with Christian
religion since 4th AD and Europian traditions. Georgia is also a member of
Europian Council and the EU flag is hanging next to the Georgian flag in
front of Georgian Parliament :)

Please CC any inquiries/replies regarding this matter DIRECTLY to my
address, as I'm not subscribed to this list.

Thank you.

Best regards,
 Aiet Kolkhi                         mailto:aiet at qartuli.net

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