UTC as basis for time legislation

Clive D.W. Feather clive at davros.org
Fri Sep 23 22:06:19 UTC 2011

Paul_Koning at Dell.com said:
> Since they are the same thing, one is just an older name, why does this matter?  If you want to use a single consistent term, sure, stick to UTC.  But other than that, if you say GMT you mean the same time as if you say UTC.

GMT is *not* the same as UTC.

Of the 22 languages that 2000/84/EC is officially written in:
* 13 (BG CS EL EN ET FI HU LT LV MT PL SK SV) use "GMT" or "Greenwich";
*  7 (DE ES FR IT NL PT RO) use "universal time";
*  2 (DA and SL) use "UTC".

Note that legal time in Germany is based on UTC while in Austria it is
based on GMT. Denmark is "solar time for 15 degrees East".

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