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Iceland is clearly in the wrong time zone Iceland is clearly in the wrong time zone

A bill has been put forward in the Icelandic parliament by the party Bright Future. The party wants to change the clock in Iceland, and put the country in the geographically correct time zone. Looking at the picture here above it can be seen that most of Iceland is one hour away from being in the correct time zone, and Reykjavik is almost two hours away.

Iceland is currently in the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) time zone, named after a district in London. Greenwich is located on longitude 0°, but Reykjavik is located on 22° West. The West border of the GMT time zone is 7.5° West, and Reykjavik is therefore in the wrong time zone. Reykjavik is actually only a few kilometers from being two time zone's away from GMT.

The Earth is 360° and the time zones are 24, so each time zone is 15° and one hour. Which means that each degree is 4 minutes. Using that one can calculate the time difference between sunsets at two different locations.

The fact that Reykjavik is 22° away from the GMT line means that sunrise in Iceland takes place 88 minutes later than in Greenwich. If the clock would be changed in Iceland, so that Iceland would be in the geographically correct time zone, Iceland would move away from Europe and closer to the US. Some people might find this politically unfeasible, but Iceland is nonetheless in the wrong time zone.

By getting the sun earlier in the morning, the body clocks of Icelanders would be better in sync with Earth's rotation around the Sun. Kids would be more cheerful in the mornings, the mornings would be brighter and the future might even be brighter. This is what the party Bright Future is trying to achieve. 


Last modified onWednesday, 15 January 2014 21:12
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