[tz] Time zone of Iceland in Africa?

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Thu Nov 9 22:40:04 UTC 2023

Reinhard wrote:

> I would expect to find the time zone of Iceland/Reykjavik in Europe or
> Atlantic Ocean but it is in Africa:
> [...]
> Why is it mapped to 'Africa/Abidjan'?

Since 1970, Iceland has used the same time zone — namely, GMT+0 with no DST — as Côte d’Ivoire (whose capital is Abidjan) and several other African countries.

The tz database does not list separate zones for each sovereign nation that has shared the same time zone history since 1970.

The population of Abidjan is more than 16 times that of the entire nation of Iceland, let alone Reykjavík, which is probably why Abidjan was selected to represent that time zone.

Doug Ewell, CC, ALB | Lakewood, CO, US | ewellic.org

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