The timezone GST on the South Georgia and South Sandwich IslandsTimezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". On the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands exists only a single tonezone at UTC-2. E.g. New York is currently at UTC-4 in Eastern Time, so the time difference between NY and the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands is 2 hours.
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.
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Only 1 nationwide time zone
|Standard time:||South Georgia Time (GST)|
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The South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have an east-west extent of 0.01 degrees longitude. Given the country's location in South America, this corresponds to about 1 kilometers. With such a small extent the course of the sun at different positions in the country hardly matters. The position of the sun in the west of the country deviates from that in the east only about 4 seconds. This means the sun rises and sets 4 seconds later in the west than in the east.
No daylight saving time on the South Georgia and South Sandwich IslandsDue to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (November to February in the southern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).
Due to its distance from the equator, the impact would be significant on the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. King Edward Point is located 6,000 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 03:45 to 21:03, but from 04:45 to 22:03. Nevertheless, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands has never introduced daylight saving time.