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Common time zone in the Nordics?

Soon it's time to switch to winter time again. We can do it. Nevertheless, more and more of us think that the advantages of two adjustments to the clock each year do not outweigh the disadvantages. In March 2019, the European Parliament said the same thing. The aim is now set for Europe to stop switching to and from summer time in 2021. Maybe some countries choose to keep summer time all year round, others choose normal time. Do we get a patchwork quilt with time zones in Europe?

For me, it is important that the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden agree on a common time zone.

We are used to Finland being one hour ahead of the other Scandinavian countries. When the Finns have time for work, Swedes, Norwegians and Danes are on their way out of bed. But is not it time to change that now? The benefits would be great, both practically and symbolically.

The westernmost point of our four countries is in Norway. The easternmost point of the countries is in Finland, but just over 30 km further east than Norway's easternmost point. It is two hours between zenith in the easternmost and westernmost parts of our countries.

If Norway can live with one and the same time zone for its entire country, the entire Nordic region can do so. Finland can adapt to the other countries, but it is also possible to do the opposite.

Ideally, the Baltic countries should also be included in the time zone. No Baltic country has its easternmost point further east than Finland.

The difficulty with a common time zone for the Nordic and Baltic countries is how it relates to neighboring countries. Denmark and Sweden want e.g. included in the same time zone as Germany and others. countries on the continent. Is it important for Finland to be part of the same time zone as western Russia? Hardly now after Russia's attack on Ukraine.

Now is the time to start a collaboration on what the watches in the Nordics will show in the future. Now that the corona crisis has subsided - why not hold a seminar at government level in the waiting room at Haparanda-Torneå travel center? Two buses can depart from there at the same time, where the clock of one bus shows 11 (en route to Sweden) and the other 12 (en route to Finland).

Bo, Malmö

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Gemensam tidszon i Norden?

Snart är det dags att skifta till vintertid igen. Vi klarar det. Ändå blir vi allt fler som tycker att fördelarna med två omställningar av klockan varje år inte uppväger nackdelarna. I mars 2019 sade EU-parlamentet samma sak. Siktet är nu inställt på att Europa ska sluta skifta till och från sommartid år 2021. Kanske väljer vissa länder att behålla sommartiden hela året, andra väljer normaltiden. Får vi ett lapptäcke med tidszoner i Europa?

För mig är det viktigt att de nordiska länderna Danmark, Finland, Norge och Sverige enas om en gemensam tidszon.

Vi är vana vid att Finland ligger timme före de övriga länderna i Skandinavien. När finländarna hunnit till jobbet, är svenskar, norrmän och danskar på väg upp ur sängen. Men är det inte dags att ändra på det nu? Fördelarna skulle vara stora, både praktiskt och symboliskt.

Våra fyra länders västligaste punkt ligger i Norge. Ländernas östligaste punkt ligger i Finland, men bara drygt 30 km längre österut än Norges östligaste punkt. Det är två timmar mellan zenit i våra länders östligaste och västligaste delar.

Kan Norge leva med en och samma tidszon för hela sitt land, kan hela Norden göra det. Finland kan anpassa sig till de övriga länderna, men det går ju också att göra tvärtom.

Helst bör även de baltiska länderna ingå i tidszonen. Inget baltiskt land har sin östligaste punkt längre österut än vad Finland har.

Svårigheten med en gemensam tidszon för de nordiska och baltiska länderna är hur den förhåller sig till grannländerna. Danmark och Sverige vill t.ex. ingå i samma tidszon som Tyskland m.fl. länder på kontinenten. Är det viktig för Finland att ingå i samma tidszon som västra Ryssland? Knappast nu efter Rysslands angrepp på Ukraina.

Nu är det hög tid att påbörja ett samarbete om vad klockorna i Norden ska visa framöver. När coronakrisen nu lagt sig - varför inte hålla ett seminarium på regeringsnivå i väntsalen på Haparanda-Torneå resecentrum? Därifrån kan det avgå två bussar samtidigt, där den ena bussens klocka visar 11 (på väg i Sverige) och den andras 12 (på väg in i Finland).

Bo, Malmö 

[via mail]

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