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Europe Starts Daylight Saving on March 25, 2012

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Published 1-Mar-2012

Daylight Saving Time (DST) will begin in most of Europe in the early morning of Sunday March 25, 2012, when clocks move 1 hour forward. The precise time of the switch differs from country to country.

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Berlin railway station: Commuters' trains leave 1 hour earlier on Sunday March 25.
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US & Canada start DST Sunday, March 11

Australia & NZ end DST Sunday, April 1

Synchronized schedule

In most European countries DST begins on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October. This is the case in:

Some European countries, like Iceland, Russia, and Belarus, do not observe DST.

DST dates worldwide - first half of 2012
DST dates worldwide - second half of 2012

When will clocks be advanced?

The precise time of the switch depends on the time zone. There are four major time zones in Europe (all time zones listed refer to standard time):

UK bill to change time zone ran out of time

More details about Europe’s time zones and DST schedule, as well as a brief history of DST in Europe can be found on our website.

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