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Greenland is changing the time zone – closer to Europe in the future

2022-11-25T19:14:05.821Z

From next spring, a new time zone will apply to a large part of Greenland: the difference to New York and Copenhagen will then be three hours each. The economy is happy, some politicians are worried.



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In the coming year, a large part of Greenland will change its time zone.

That was decided by the Greenlandic parliament, as a spokeswoman confirmed.

On the clock, the country is one hour closer to Europe.

According to the decision, most Greenlanders put their clocks one hour forward to daylight saving time in spring, but not to winter time in autumn.

This means that the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, is no longer in the UTC-3 time zone, but in UTC-2 – each with a three-hour time difference to New York (UTC-5) and Copenhagen (UTC+1).

According to Greenlandic media reports, some politicians had expressed concerns that the time zone change could have consequences for the health of the population.

The Greenlandic economy, on the other hand, advocated a change in order to have a greater overlap of their working day with European companies - for example in Copenhagen - it said.

Politicians want to monitor Icelandic sleep study

According to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, Greenlandic politicians now want to follow ongoing research in Iceland into young people's sleep.

Daylight saving time was abolished in Iceland in the late 1960s.

In addition, according to the NRK, the planned time zone change in Greenland will probably not apply to US military bases in the country.

Changing the time zone is only possible because Greenland has been able to determine its own four time zones since May, following an agreement with the Danish government.

The Arctic island belongs to the Danish kingdom, but is now largely self-governing. Denmark is primarily still responsible for foreign and defense policy.

Greenland also plays an important role in the climate crisis: As became known in November, the hinterland of Greenland could become an additional problem in the climate crisis.

The north-eastern ice flow (Negis) transports more ice from the interior of Greenland into the sea than experts previously assumed.

And the rate of draining is increasing.

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Source: spiegel

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