International Round-Up: Greenland permanently moves its clocks forward in 2023

International Round-Up: Greenland permanently moves its clocks forward in 2023

Greenland will move closer to Europe next year. No, this is not a question of plate tectonics, but time zones!

Its national parliament has decided that 2023 will be the year it moves its clocks one hour closer to the motherland. Or rather, it does not return them. As usual, it switches to summer time in March next year, but does not set the clocks back in October.

So at the time of writing this article, approximately 10:45 in Copenhagen, it is 06:45 in the Greenlandic capital Nuuk. In a year, it will be 07:45.

Worried about the consequences
By changing its time zone, there will be a three-hour difference between Greenland and Europe instead of four, and a three-hour difference with the east coast of the North American continent.

Some Greenlandic politicians are worried about the consequences for public health, as it will have a different time zone than it should have geographically, and people will have to adapt to the change.

Greenland has three time zones, but the majority of the population lives within the central zone. The far east (Ittoqqortoormiit) and the far north (Thule Air Base) are currently one hour on either side of the main time zone, but both will also gain an hour in 2023.

The National Museum houses some of Nigeria’s stolen artefacts
It remains to be seen what will happen to five African artefacts on display at the National Museum in Copenhagen, following a London museum’s decision to return 72 such artefacts to Nigeria. About 5,000 artifacts were looted by the British from the Kingdom of Benin (southwestern Nigeria) in 1897, including the Benin bronzes, and with the help of museums in Germany and the United States, a database was recently launched showing where the treasures are today. This prompted the Horniman Museum in South East London to take action. The Kingdom of Benin has no relation to the modern country of Benin or ‘The Woman Queen’ starring Viola Davis, which is set in modern Benin and describes another war with the British.

Nigeria’s foreign minister demands an apology from Denmark
Nicholas Ella, the Nigerian foreign minister, demanded an apology from Denmark ahead of the trial of a suspected pirate at the Copenhagen District Court this week. Last year on November 24, naval personnel aboard the ‘Esbern Snare’ killed four alleged pirates in the Gulf of Guinea. A firefight ensued after the Danish frigate approached a suspicious boat carrying eight people. “We demand that Denmark release the remaining Nigerian in Danish custody. We demand that the Danish naval personnel involved in the killing of the Nigerians be prosecuted,” said Ella.

The Faroe Islands’ fishing agreement with Russia continues despite the EU’s recommendations
A new fishing quota agreement signed by the Faroe Islands and Russia has ruffled feathers in EU circles. First agreed in 1977, agreement was reached in November to extend the contract despite the EU imposing sanctions following Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. – It is probably not in breach of EU law per se, but it is a breach of the unity that is expected between the Faroe Islands and the EU, says Jens Ladefoged Mortensen, associate professor of trade policy at the University of Copenhagen. DR.

Air India The Copenhagen-Delhi route will reopen next year
Air India will reopen its route between Copenhagen and Delhi in March 2023. The direct flight was stopped in March 2020 shortly after the pandemic started. Air India’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flies from Copenhagen on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 19:45. It lands at 07:40 the next day.

Aalborg Airport welcomes two Spanish destinations next summer
The low-cost airline Norwegian has announced that two new Spanish routes will open from 3 June this summer: to Alicante and Barcelona. Until August 19, there will be one flight on Saturdays to Alicante, and two flights every Wednesday and Saturday to Barcelona.

Source: The Nordic Page

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