Curious things you probably didn’t know about time zones


The clocks got forward tonight – one less hour of precious sleep. To mark the occasion, here are a few oddities on the subject of time zones.

1. Greenland is in the same time zone as Britain

Despite its location in the middle of the North Atlantic, between Iceland and Canada, a narrow slither of eastern Greenland – the weather station of Danmarkshavn and a fraction of the surrounding Northeast Greenland National Park (the world’s largest) – uses GMT (also known as UTC or Coordinated Universal Time). It’s not a holiday destination. Danmarkshavn, where temperatures can drop to -40C in winter, has just eight human residents, and the only people who have regular access to the national park are whalers…

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