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Daylight saving time (DST) by country
  Observes DST around the Northern Hemisphere summer
  Observes DST around the Southern Hemisphere summer
  Formerly observed DST
  Never observed DST

Daylight saving time (DST), also known as summer time, is the practice of advancing clocks during part of the year, typically by one hour around spring and summer, so that daylight ends at a later time of the day. As of 2021, DST is observed in most of Europe, most of North America and parts of Asia around the Northern Hemisphere summer, and in parts of South America and Oceania around the Southern Hemisphere summer. It was also formerly observed in other areas.

Observance as of 2021[edit]

Daylight saving time in the world. Areas shown in the same color start and end DST within less than a week of each other.
Locations[1] DST start DST end Shift
 Bahamas
 Bermuda
 Canada, except Yukon, most of Saskatchewan, and parts of British Columbia (northeast), Nunavut (Southampton Island), Ontario (Atikokan) and Quebec (Le Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent)
 Greenland: Thule Air Base
 Haiti
 Mexico: Baja California, and municipalities within 20 km (12 miles) of the U.S. border except in Sonora
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 United States, except Arizona (without Navajo Nation), Hawaii and U.S. territories
Second Sunday in March at 2:00 First Sunday in November at 2:00 1:00
 Cuba Second Sunday in March at 0:00 First Sunday in November at 1:00 1:00
 Mexico, except Baja California, Quintana Roo, Sonora, municipalities within 20 km (12 miles) of the U.S. border, and Revillagigedo Islands First Sunday in April at 2:00 Last Sunday in October at 2:00 1:00
 European Union, except Overseas France[a]
 Akrotiri and Dhekelia
 Albania
 Andorra
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Faroe Islands
 Gibraltar
 Greenland, except Danmarkshavn and Thule Air Base
 Guernsey
 Isle of Man
 Jersey
 Kosovo
 Liechtenstein
 Monaco
 Montenegro
 North Macedonia
 Northern Cyprus
 Norway
 San Marino
 Serbia
  Switzerland
 Ukraine, except temporarily occupied territories
 United Kingdom
  Vatican City
Last Sunday in March at 1:00 UTC Last Sunday in October at 1:00 UTC 1:00
 Moldova  Transnistria Last Sunday in March at 2:00 Last Sunday in October at 3:00 1:00
 Israel Friday before last Sunday in March at 2:00 Last Sunday in October at 2:00 1:00
 Lebanon Last Sunday in March at 0:00 Last Sunday in October at 0:00 1:00
 Palestine Saturday before last Sunday in March at 0:00 Last Friday in October at 1:00 1:00
 Syria Last Friday in March at 0:00 Last Friday in October at 0:00 1:00
 Jordan Last Thursday in March at 24:00
(in 2022, last Thursday in February at 24:00)
Last Friday in October at 1:00 1:00
 Iran 1 Farvardin (20 or 21 March) at 24:00 30 Shahrivar (20 or 21 September) at 24:00 1:00
 Chile, except Magallanes Region First Saturday in September at 24:00 UTC−04:00 First Saturday in April at 24:00 UTC−03:00 1:00
 Paraguay First Sunday in October at 0:00 Fourth Sunday in March at 0:00 1:00
 Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay Territory, New South Wales (except Lord Howe Island), Norfolk Island, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria First Sunday in October at 2:00 First Sunday in April at 3:00 1:00
 Australia: Lord Howe Island First Sunday in October at 2:00 First Sunday in April at 2:00 0:30
 New Zealand Last Sunday in September at 2:00 UTC+12:00 First Sunday in April at 2:00 UTC+12:00 1:00

In the table above, the DST start and end times refer to the local time before each change occurs, unless otherwise specified. The shift is the amount of time added at the DST start time and subtracted at the DST end time. For example, in Canada and the United States, when DST starts, the local time changes from 2:00 to 3:00, and when DST ends, the local time changes from 2:00 to 1:00. As the time change depends on the time zone, it does not occur simultaneously in all parts of these countries. Conversely, in the parts of Europe that observe DST, the time change occurs simultaneously at 1:00 UTC in almost all locations regardless of their time zone.

Morocco, including the portion of Western Sahara that it administers, also observes an annual time change but not related to seasonal daylight. The local time is decreased by one hour on the Sunday before Ramadan at 3:00, and increased by one hour on the Sunday after Ramadan at 2:00.

Past observance[edit]

Location Notes[1]
 Akrotiri and Dhekelia Observed DST since 1939.
 Albania Observed DST in 1940–1943, and since 1974.
 Algeria Observed DST in 1916–1921, in the autumn of 1939, in 1944–1945, 1971, 1977–1978, and 1980–1981.
 Andorra Observed DST since 1985.
 Argentina Observed DST in 1930–1969, 1974, 1988–2000, and 2007–2009.
 Armenia Observed DST in 1981–1995, 1997–2011.[2]
 Australia DST used only in the Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay Territory, New South Wales, Norfolk Island, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria.
 Austria Observed DST in 1916–1918, 1920, 1940–1948 (as part of Germany between 1940 and 1945) and since 1980.
 Azerbaijan Observed DST in 1981–1992 and 1996–2015.
 Bahamas Observed DST since 1964.
 Bangladesh Observed DST during World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a part of the Bengal Presidency of India. Also observed in 2009.
 Barbados Observed DST from 1977 to 1980.
 Belarus Observed DST in 1941–1944, 1981–2010.
 Belgium Observed DST in 1916–1940, 1942–1946 and since 1977.
 Belize Observed DST in 1973–1974 and 1982–1983.
 Bermuda Observed DST since 1974.
 Bolivia Observed DST in 1931–1932.
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Observed DST in 1916–1918 when it was part of Austria-Hungary, in 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia or independent.
 Botswana Observed DST in 1943–1944.
 Brazil Observed DST in 1931–1933, 1949–1953, 1963–1968, and 1985–2019.
 Bulgaria Observed DST in 1943–1944 and since 1979.
 Canada Yukon, most of Saskatchewan, and parts of British Columbia, Nunavut, Ontario and Quebec do not observe DST. Yukon and most of Saskatchewan use time zones equivalent to permanent DST.[3]
 Cape Verde Observed DST in 1942–1945.
 Chad Observed DST in winter 1979–1980.
 Chile Observed DST in 1927–1946 (excluding Easter Island, which observed it in 1932–1946) and from 1968 to 2015. Chile observed year-round DST in 2015, but reintroduced regular DST in 2016. Magallanes Region does not observe DST since December 2016.
 China Observed DST in 1940–1941 (when it was Republic of China) and 1986–1991. In 1949, the various former time zones of UTC+5:30, UTC+6, UTC+7, and UTC+8:30 were all abolished in favour of a unified time zone UTC+8.
 Colombia Observed DST in 1992–1993.
 Cook Islands Observed DST in 1978–1991.
 Costa Rica Observed DST in 1954, 1979–1980 and 1991–1992.
 Croatia Observed DST in 1916–1918 when it was part of Austria-Hungary, in 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia or independent.
 Cuba Observed DST in 1928, 1940–1942, 1945–1946, and since 1965.
 Cyprus Observed DST since 1975. Northern Cyprus maintained permanent DST from September 2016 to October 2017.[4]
 Czech Republic Observed DST in 1916–1918 when it was part of Austria-Hungary, 1940–1949 and since 1979 when it was part of Czechoslovakia or independent.
 Denmark Observed DST in 1916, 1940–1948, and since 1980.
 Dominican Republic Observed DST in 1966–1967, 1969–1974.
 Egypt Observed DST in 1940–1945, 1957–2010, and 2014–2015. An attempt to restore daylight saving after Ramadan was rejected by the Egyptian parliament on July 4, 2016 and currently has no plans to use DST in the future.
 El Salvador Observed DST in 1987–1988.
 Estonia Observed DST in 1918, 1940–1944, 1981–1988, 1997–1999, and since 2002.
 Faroe Islands Observed DST since 1981.
 Falkland Islands Observed DST in 1937–1942 and 1983–2010.
 Fiji Observed DST in 1998–2000 and 2009–2021.
 Finland Observed DST in 1942 and since 1981.
 France Observed DST in 1916–1945 and since 1976.
 Georgia Observed DST in 1981–2005.
 Germany Observed DST in 1916–1918, 1940–1949, and since 1980.
 Ghana Observed DST in 1936–1942.
 Greece Observed DST in 1932–1952 and since 1975.
 Greenland Observed DST since 1980. Follows European Union practice as part of the Kingdom of Denmark, hence start and end times correspond to 01:00 UTC on the respective Sunday. See Daylight saving time in the Americas—Greenland. The Thule Air Base uses the DST schedule of Canada and the United States. Danmarkshavn has not observed DST since 1995.
 Guatemala Observed DST in 1973–1974, 1983, 1991, and 2006.
Guernsey Observed DST in 1916–1968 and since 1972.
 Haiti Observed DST in 1983–1997, 2005–2006, 2012–2015, and since 2017.
 Honduras Observed DST in 1987–1988 and 2006.
 Hong Kong Observed DST in 1941, 1945–1976, and 1979.
 Hungary Observed DST in 1916–1920, 1941–1950, 1954–1957, and since 1980. The government considered abolishing DST in 2017, moving Hungary to the UTC+02:00 (EET) year-round[5] but there are no official plans to do so yet. This would be problematic considering DST switch is coordinated on an EU level.
 Iceland Observed DST in 1917–1918 and 1939–1968.
 India Observed DST during World War II from 1942 to 1945.
 Indonesia Observed various DST offsets in 1924-1963.
 Iraq Observed DST in 1982–2007.
 Iran Observed DST in 1977–1980, 1991–2005, and since 2008.
 Ireland Observed DST in 1916–1968 and since 1972.
 Isle of Man Observed DST in 1916–1968 and since 1972.
 Israel Observed DST in 1940–1946, 1948–1957, 1974–1975, 1980, and since 1984.
 Italy Observed DST in 1916–1920, 1940–1948, and since 1966.
 Jamaica Observed DST in 1974–1983.
 Japan Observed DST in 1948–1951.
 Jersey Observed DST in 1916–1968 and since 1971.
 Jordan Observed DST in 1973–1979 and 1985–2011. In 2012 changed time zone to UTC+03:00, effectively going on permanent DST. Returned to UTC+02:00 on December 20, 2013, and has observed DST since 2014.
 Kazakhstan Observed DST in 1981–1990 and 1992–2004.
 Kosovo Observed DST 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia or independent.
 Kyrgyzstan Observed DST in 1981–2005.
 Latvia Observed DST in 1918–1919, 1941–1944, and since 1981.
 Lebanon Observed DST in 1920–1923, 1957–1961, 1972–1978, and since 1984.
 Lesotho Observed DST in 1943–1944.
 Libya Observed DST in 1951–1959, 1982–1989, 1996–1997, and 2012–2013.
 Liechtenstein Observed DST since 1981.
 Lithuania Observed DST in 1941–1944, 1981–1999, and since 2003.
 Luxembourg Observed DST in 1916–1946 and since 1977.
 Macau Observed DST in 1961–1980.
 Madagascar Observed DST in 1954.
 Malaysia Observed DST in 1933–1936. The time zone in Malaysia also changed many times in the past.
 Malta Observed DST in 1916–1920, 1940–1948, and since 1966.
 Martinique Observed DST in 1980. Currently Does not observe DST.
 Mauritius Observed DST in 1982–1983 and 2008–2009.
 Mexico Has observed DST in most of the country since 1996, but Baja California has observed DST since 1976, and Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas observed DST in 1988. Sonora discontinued the observance in 1997, and Quintana Roo in 2014. Baja California and locations less than 20 km from the U.S. border in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas use the U.S. DST schedule.[6][b]
 Midway Atoll Observed DST in 1956.
 Moldova Observed DST in 1932–1944, 1981–1989, and since 1991.
 Monaco Observed DST in 1916–1945 and since 1976.
 Mongolia Observed DST in 1983–1998, 2001–2006, and 2015–2016.
 Montenegro Observed DST 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro or independent.
 Morocco Observed DST in 1939–1945, 1950, 1967, 1974, 1976–1978, and 2008–2018. In 2012–2018, DST was suspended during the month of Ramadan. Since 2018 Morocco uses UTC+1 all year, equivalent to permanent DST, except during the month of Ramadan, when it observes UTC±0.
 Namibia Observed DST in 1942–1943. Does not observe DST but implemented winter time in 1994 in all regions except Zambezi.[9] DST was removed in 2017.
 Netherlands Observed DST in 1916–1945 and since 1977.
 New Caledonia Observed DST in 1977–1979 and 1996–1997.
 New Zealand Observed DST in 1927–1946 and since 1974.
 Nicaragua Observed DST in 1973–1975, 1979–1980, 1992–1994, and 2005–2006.
 Norfolk Island Observed DST in 1974–1975 and since 2019.[10]
 North Macedonia Observed DST in 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia or independent.
 Norway Observed DST in 1916, 1940–1945, 1959–1965, and since 1980. Follows European Union practice, although not a member.
 Pakistan Observed DST in 1942–1945 as a part of the British Raj. Also observed in 2002 and from 2008 to 2009.
 Palestine Since 1974, observed DST in the same years when Israel did, but not always with the same start and end dates.
 Paraguay Observed DST since 1975. Current start and end dates last updated in 2013.
 Peru Observed DST in 1938–1940, 1986–1987, 1990, and 1994.
 Philippines Observed DST in 1936–1937, 1954, 1978, and 1990.
 Poland Observed DST in 1916–1919, 1940–1949, 1957–1964, and since 1977.
 Portugal Observed DST in 1916–1921, 1924, 1926–1929, 1931–1932, 1934–1949, 1951–1965, and since 1977.
 Puerto Rico Observed DST in 1942–1945.
 Romania First time when DST was observed in Romania was in 1917, due to World War I. Observed DST in 1932–1939 and since 1979.
 Russia Observed DST in 1917–1919, 1921 (some areas), and 1981–2010. In 2011–2014, used permanent DST. In 2014, left permanent DST and switched to permanent standard time.[11]
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon Observed DST since 1987.
 Samoa Observed DST in 2010–2021.
 San Marino Observed DST in 1916–1920, 1940–1948, and since 1966.
 Serbia Observed DST in 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro or independent.[12]
 Sierra Leone Observed DST in 1935–1942 and 1957–1962.
 Singapore Observed DST in 1933–1935 by adding 20 minutes to standard time. On January 1, 1936, country changed their time zone to UTC+07:20.[13]
 Slovakia Observed DST in 1916–1918 when it was part of Austria-Hungary, 1940–1949 and since 1979 when it was part of Czechoslovakia or independent.
 Slovenia Observed DST in 1916–1918 when it was part of Austria-Hungary, in 1941–1945 and since 1983 when it was part of Yugoslavia or independent.
 South Africa Observed DST in 1942–1944.
 South Korea Observed DST in 1948–1951, 1955–1960, and 1987–1988.
 South Sudan Observed DST in 1970–1985.
 Spain Observed DST in 1917–1919, 1924, 1926–1929, 1937–1946, 1949, and since 1974. The Canary Islands observed DST since 1980.
 Sri Lanka Observed DST during the World War II, from 1942 to 1945 just as the rest of the Indian subcontinent.
 Sudan Observed DST in 1970–1985.
 Sweden Observed DST 15 May–30 September 1916, in a test run. Observed DST since 1980. Dates: 1980, first Sunday of April to last Sunday of September; 1981–1995, last Sunday of March to last Sunday of September; since 1996, last Sunday of March to last Sunday of October.
  Switzerland Observed DST in 1941–1942 and since 1981. Follows European Union practice, although not a member.
 Syria Observed DST in 1920–1923, 1962–1968, and since 1983.
 Taiwan Observed DST in 1945–1962, 1974, 1975, and 1979.
 Tajikistan Observed DST in 1981–1991.
 Tonga Observed DST in 1999–2002 and 2016–2017.
 Tunisia Observed DST in 1939–1945, 1977–1978, 1988–1990, and 2005–2008.
 Turkey Observed DST in 1916, 1920–1922, 1924–1925, 1940–1942, 1945–1951, 1962, 1964, 1970–1983, and 1985–2016. Followed European Union practice in general. In 2016, Turkey adopted the new Turkey Time time zone (UTC+03:00).
 Turkmenistan Observed DST in 1981–1991.
 Turks and Caicos Observed DST in 1979–2015 and since 2018.
 Ukraine Observed DST in 1941–1943, 1981–1989, and since 1992. Follows European Union practice, although not a member. Since 2014, temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine do not de facto observe DST.
 United Kingdom Observed DST (commonly referred to as British Summer Time (BST)) since 1916. Year-round Summer Time (BST) + Double Summer Time (BDST) 1940–1945. Two-stage Double Summer Time (BDST) 1947. Year-round Summer Time (BST) 1968–1971. Follows European Union practice, although no longer a member.
 United States Arizona (except the Navajo Nation) and Hawaii do not observe DST.[3] Year-round DST observed in 1942–1945 and 1974–1975.
 Uruguay Observed DST in 1923–1926, 1933–1943, 1959–1960, 1965–1970, 1972, 1974–1980, 1987–1993, and 2004–2015.[14]
 Uzbekistan Observed DST in 1981–1991.
 Vanuatu Observed DST in 1983–1993.
  Vatican City Observed DST in 1916–1920, 1940–1948, and since 1966.
 Western Sahara The portion administered by Morocco since 1976 observed DST whenever the country did.

Proposals to abolish seasonal changes[edit]

Many countries and territories have abolished annual time changes after observing them for many years: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Cook Islands, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Mongolia, Namibia, Russia, Samoa, Sudan, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vanuatu. Some of them adopted their former DST as standard time all year, also known as "permanent DST".

European Union[edit]

On 8 February 2018, the European Parliament voted to ask the European Commission to re-evaluate DST in the European Union.[15] An online survey was performed between 4 July and 16 August 2018, in which 4.6 million people[16] responded. The survey was especially popular in Germany, resulting in 68% of all respondends being from that country.[17] Out of all of the participants, about 84% did not desire to adjust clocks twice annually.[16] Based on this poll, on 12 September 2018 the European Commission decided to propose an end to seasonal clock changes (repealing Directive 2000/84/EC).[18] In order for this proposal to be valid, the European Union legislative procedure must be followed, mainly that the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament must both approve it.

The seasonal changes were supposed to stop in 2021, but the Council of the European Union asked the European Commission for a detailed impact assessment before countries would decide on how to proceed.[17]

United States[edit]

Since 2018, several U.S. states have passed laws to abolish seasonal changes and adopt permanent DST, but these laws cannot take effect without approval from the federal government.[19] States may freely choose whether to observe DST or not, but if they observe it they must follow the national schedule, and changing their standard time also requires approval from the federal government.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Member states of the European Union (EU):

     Austria
     Belgium
     Bulgaria
     Croatia
     Cyprus
     Czech Republic
     Denmark[c]
     Estonia
     Finland[d]

     France[e]
     Germany
     Greece
     Hungary
     Ireland
     Italy
     Latvia
     Lithuania
     Luxembourg

     Malta
     Netherlands[f]
     Poland
     Portugal[g]
     Romania
     Slovakia
     Slovenia
     Spain[h]
     Sweden

  2. ^ The Mexican decree on DST applies a DST schedule from the second Sunday in March at 2:00 to the first Sunday in November at 2:00 (same as in the United States) to the municipalities within 20 km of the U.S. border (except in Sonora) and to Ensenada Municipality in Baja California.[7] When the decree was issued, these municipalities covered the entire state of Baja California. San Quintín Municipality separated from Ensenada in 2020 but continues to apply its DST schedule as before.[8]
  3. ^ The Faroe Islands and Greenland are not part of the EU and are listed separately.
  4. ^ Including the Åland Islands.
  5. ^ Some parts of Overseas France are part of the EU but do not observe DST.
  6. ^ Only the European part of the Netherlands is part of the EU and observes DST.
  7. ^ Including Azores and Madeira.
  8. ^ Including the Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla and plazas de soberanía.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The World Clock (extended version)". timeanddate.com. Retrieved 24 March 2021.. Detailed DST information about each location, current and historical, can be found under the relevant section of this website, and can be referred to for information in this article unless otherwise specified.
  2. ^ "Clock changes in Yerevan". World Clock. timeanddate.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Sunday, March 10: Daylight Saving Time Begins in USA & Canada". Time Zone News. timeanddate.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  4. ^ Time Zone in North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus, Timeanddate.com.
  5. ^ "Meglepő fordulat: eltörölhetik az óraátállítást". 168.hu (in Hungarian). 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  6. ^ "Hora Oficial en los Estados Unidos Mexicanos". Centro Naciona de Metrología. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  7. ^ Decree by which the seasonal time that will be applied in the United Mexican States it established, Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, version of 28 April 2017 (in Spanish).
  8. ^ This Sunday summer time starts in Baja California, Ensenada.net, 11 March 2021 (in Spanish).
  9. ^ "GRN evaluates winter time change". New Era. 24 March 2016. p. 1.
  10. ^ "DST Begins in Australia and New Zealand".
  11. ^ "Russia returns to permanent Standard Time". timeanddate.com. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Serbia to legislate Daylight Saving Time, EU may end it - English - on B92.net".
  13. ^ "Time zone in Singapore". Daylight Saving Time. timeanddate.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  14. ^ "No habrá cambio de hora este verano".
  15. ^ "EU Parliament Votes to Re-Evaluate DST in Europe". www.timeanddate.com.
  16. ^ a b Summertime Consultation: 84% want Europe to stop changing the clock
  17. ^ a b "Stopping the clock on seasonal time changes? Not anytime soon". POLITICO. 2020-10-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  18. ^ State of the Union 2018: Q&A on the Commission's proposal to put an end to seasonal clock changes European Commission − Press Release (Strasbourg, 12 September 2018)
  19. ^ Daylight saving time, National Conference of State Legislatures, March 18, 2021.

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