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Why are times different in other countries?

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Why are times different in other countries? Clocks in other countries need to be adjusted so that it gets light and dark at approximately the same time everywhere. Without this adjustment, people might find that dawn was at 10 o'clock in the evening, for example.

In 1884 time zones were set up around the world, measured from Greenwich in London, England. Every time zone east or west of Greenwich has noon at a different time.

Each zone is either one hour ahead or behind of its neighboring zone - it is one hour earlier to the west of each zone, and one hour later to the east.

The chart above shows the difference in times around the world. These are all measured against 12:00 noon, Greenwich MeanTime (the time in Britain):

Amsterdam. The Netherlands -13:00
Athens, Greece - 14:00
Auckland, New Zealand -24:00
Bangkok. Thailand - 19:00
Cairo, Egypt - 14:00
Delhi, India - 17:30
Hong Kong, China - 20:00
Jamaica, West Indies - 07:00
Los Angeles, USA - 04:00
Moscow, Russia - 15:00
New York, USA - 07:00
Paris, France - 13:00
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09:00
Sydney. Australia - 22:00
Tokyo, Japan - 21:00
Toronto, Canada - 07:00
Washington D.C., USA - 07:00

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 09 December '11

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