[tz] Time zone of Iceland in Africa?

Reinhard tz at schwilli.at
Thu Nov 9 22:55:28 UTC 2023

I understand that the tz database cannot list a separate zone for each 
nation but Iceland is close to the Arctic Cycle whereas the nortern part 
of Africa is close to the equator. The shortest distance between Iceland 
and Africa is 3200 km! Nobody who knows Iceland would search it in Africa.
We got complaints from customers that they couldn't find the time zone 
of Iceland.


Am 09.11.23 um 23:40 schrieb Doug Ewell:
> 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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