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Falkland Islands Trial All Year DST in 2011

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Published 4-Apr-2011. Changed 16-Jul-2012

Update: The Falkland Islands will continue to observe daylight saving time (DST) all year round, the Falkland Islands News Network reports on July 14, 2012. Members of the Legislative Assembly have decided not to switch back to standard time after a 2012 poll showed that 53 percent of the territory's residents aged 16 or over are in favor of permanent DST.

The Falkland Islands will remain on daylight saving time (DST) all year on a trial basis in 2011. This means that the Falkland Islands will remain three hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and not switch back to standard time, which is four hours behind UTC on Sunday, April 17, 2011 as originally scheduled.

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The Falkland Islands will remain on summer time all year in 2011.

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DST Trial Period

The clocks normally revert back to standard time (UTC-4) on the third Sunday of April in the Falkland Islands. However, the government agreed that remaining on DST all year would allow more time to contact the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe during the working day. Additionally, this would give them lighter evenings during the winter time.

Based on the trial period results, the Falkland Islands will determine the costs and benefits of remaining on daylight saving time and whether it will be implemented in the future. timeanddate.com will provide more updates as information becomes available.

Time in the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands observe Falkland Islands Time (FKT) which is four hours behind UTC when they are not on daylight saving time. During the summer time or DST, the Falkland Islands observe Falkland Islands Summer Time (FKST), which is three hours behind UTC.

The daylight saving time schedule usually begins in the Falkland Islands on the first Sunday in September and ends on the third Sunday of April. However, the Falkland Islands will remain on summer time or DST for a trial basis in the year 2011.

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