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

Mark Davis mark.davis at jtcsv.com
Wed Oct 27 19:41:20 UTC 2004

The best source to go by is the UN Statistics Division:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm. And according to that,
Georgia is in Asia.

(BTW, can someone fill me in on why the TZIDs have an attached continent in
the first place? The only thing I can see is that it may make the TZID
slightly less ambiguous than just the city name -- but *only* marginally
less ambiguous: see for example
http://www.indo.com/cgi-bin/dist?place1=new+york. I'm not asking for it to
be changed -- too much water under the bridge -- but I am curious as to the


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI)" <olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov>
To: "Tz (tz at elsie.nci.nih.gov)" <tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov>
Cc: "Aiet Kolkhi" <aiet at qartuli.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 06:11
Subject: FW: Time Zone change in GEORGIA (Eastern Europe), time zone is now
GMT+3 (no longer GMT+4)

> Aiet Kolkhi is not on the time zone mailing list; direct replies
> appropriately.
> 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.
> --ado
> -----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)
> Hello,
> 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:
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3843511.stm
> Also, the information has been already corrected at timeanddate.com  Here
> the link to Tbilisi, Georgia:
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=371
> Another important notice: It would be more proper and politically correct
> 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
> 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
>  http://aiet.qartuli.net

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