Time in Ghana

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Time in Ghana
Flag of Ghana.svg
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time
InitialsGMT
UTC offset UTC±00:00
Central meridian 7th parallel north
Time notation 24-hour clock
Adopted2 November 1915
24 October 1945 (readopted)
Daylight saving time
DST not observed
tz database
Africa/Accra

The western African country Ghana observes a single time zone, denoted as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT; UTC±00:00). [1] [2] Ghana shares this time zone with several other countries, including fourteen in western Africa where it was formerly known as Western Sahara Standard Time (WSST). [3] Ghana does not have an associated daylight saving time (DST). [4] It previously observed DST as the erstwhile Gold Coast under British rule between 1919 and 1942, and 1950 and 1956.

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History

Ghana, as the erstwhile British Gold Coast colony, adopted Greenwich Mean Time (UTC±00:00) on 2 November 1915 via the Interpretation Amendment Ordinance. [5] Daylight saving time (DST) was first introduced in 1919, advancing the clock twenty minutes to UTC+00:20 at 02:00 (local time) on the first day of September and reverting to UTC±00:00 – the standard time – on the first day of January at 02:00. [6] In 1940, the start date was changed to 1 May. [7] DST was briefly abolished with UTC+00:30 adopted as standard time between 1942 and 1945, [8] before both changes were revoked and UTC±00:00 was readopted as standard time. [9] DST was abolished the same year, however, but briefly reintroduced again for the final time between 1950 and 1956 with a thirty minute offset from UTC. [10]

IANA time zone database

In the IANA time zone database, Ghana is given one zone in the file zone.tabAfrica/Accra. "GH" refers to the country's ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code. Data for Ghana directly from zone.tab of the IANA time zone database; columns marked with * are the columns from zone.tab itself: [11]

c.c.*coordinates*TZ*CommentsUTC offsetDST
GH +0533−00013 Africa/Accra +00:00 +00:00

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