Country of Greenland
Greenland is the largest island on Earth. The country forms part of the North American continent. From Cape Farewell in the south to the world's northernmost landmass, Odak Island, there is a distance of 2,670 kilometres (1,669 miles).
Measured across, the island stretches 1,050 kilometres at its widest point. Out of Greenland's 2,175,600 square kilometres, 1,833,900 are covered by inland ice, corresponding to 85% of the country – the ice-free area only covers a total of 341,700 square kilometres.
The northern location and extensive width of the northernmost part of Greenland places it in four time zones. For practical reasons, however, GMT -3 is used as the country's official time. Summer time (daylight saving time) and winter time follow the European Union system.
What is the current time in Greenland?
Central Greenland: Godthab / Nuuk
Greenland Standard Time: GMT-3
Greenland Summer (Daylight Saving) Time: GMT-2
Current daylight saving dates for Europe
- Standard Time began: Sunday 28 October 2018 01:00 GMT. Clocks went back one hour.
- Standard Time ends: Sunday 31 March 2019 01:00 GMT. Clocks go forward one hour.
UK and Europe Clock Change Rules
Other Time Zones in Greenland
Greenland - Danmarkshavn Area
Danmarkshavn Area means a small area in the northeast including Germania Land and Store Koldewey Island.
Standard Time: GMT (all year)
East Greenland - Ittoqqortoormiit / Scoresbysund
Ittoqqortoormiit Area essentially means the peninsula on the east coast of Greenland that includes Scoresby Land, Jameson Land, and Liverpool Land.
Standard Time: GMT-1
Summer Time: GMT
West Greenland - Qaanaaq / Thule / Pituffik air base
Pituffik Area means the Hayes Peninsula, roughly from Savissivik to Etah, including Dundas and Thule.
Standard Time: GMT-4
No Summer Time
Greenland has 4 Standard Time zones:
Central Greenland (Greenland Time) Godthab / Nuuk is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-3 ). It conforms to EU Daylight saving Time rules when the time is 2 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-2 )
W Greenland / Thule / Pituffik air base which is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-4 ). No Daylight saving Time is observed.
Danmarkshavn operates GMT all year round
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