Further-eastern European Time

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Further-eastern European Time (FET) (Kaliningrad Time in Kaliningrad Oblast in Russia, Minsk Time in Belarus) is since September 2011 defined as three hours ahead of UTC (UTC+03:00). It was established as the official time for the Russian Kaliningrad Oblast and then followed by Belarus.


Until 2011, Further-eastern European Time was identical to Eastern European Time (UTC+2; UTC+3 with daylight saving time). However, on 27 March 2011, Russia moved to the so-called "year-round daylight saving time",[1] so that clocks would remain on what had been the summer time all year round, making Kaliningrad Time permanently set to UTC+3, peculiarly placing its time ahead of countries to its east during winter. Belarus followed Russia on 15 September 2011,[2] and the same decision was made by the Ukrainian parliament on 20 September 2011.[3] After strong criticism from the mass media, on 18 October 2011 the Ukrainian parliament cancelled its previous decision.[4] Transnistria, a breakaway territory from Moldova on the Dniester river bordering Ukraine, followed Ukraine by at first adopting Further-eastern European Time[5] but later cancelling this decision.[6]

The name "Further-eastern European Time" seems to have come from work on the tz database.[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Russia Time Change
  2. ^ Eternal Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Belarus
  3. ^ Ukraine cancels use of daylight saving time, Kyiv Post (September 20, 2011)
  4. ^ "Ukraine to return to standard time on Oct. 30 (updated)". Kyiv Post. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Transnistria stays on Daylight Saving Time
  6. ^ Transnistria's clocks move back October 30, 2011
  7. ^ Tim Parenti and Paul Eggert (Sep 20, 2011). "Ukraine adopts UTC+3 year-round". Retrieved 1 Dec 2011. 
  8. ^ Alexander Bokovoy, employed at Red Hat Software (Sep 21, 2011). "Дальневосточное Европейское время" (in Russian). Retrieved 16 Oct 2011. 
  9. ^ Edwin Groothuis, at freebsd.org (27 Sep 2011). "cvs commit: ports/misc/zoneinfo Makefile distinfo". Retrieved 16 Oct 2011.