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Libya Changes Time Zone

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Published 10-Nov-2012

People in Libya turned their clocks back an hour on November 10, 2012 and will start observing DST from March 2013.

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Skyline view of Libya's capital Tripoli.

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The Libyan Transitional Government has announced that Libya will start observing Daylight Saving Time (DST) from 2013.

Changing Back the Clocks to Another Time Zone

On November 10, 2012, the clocks in Libya were turned back one hour from 02:00 (2am) to 01:00 (1am). This changes Libya's time zone from UTC+2 (Eastern European Time) to UTC+1 (Central European Time).

During winter, the time in Libya will be the same as its western and southern neighbours, including Tunisia, Algeria, Niger and Chad.

New Daylight Saving Schedule

Starting in 2013, Libya will turn clocks forward to DST at 01:00 (1am) on the last Friday of March, and will fall back to standard time at 02:00 (2am) on the last Friday of October.

This schedule will bring Libya closer to most of Europe's DST schedule. People in most of Europe spring forward on the last Sunday of March, and fall back on the last Sunday of October, so depending on the year, people in Libya will either change their clocks 2 days earlier or 5 days later than Europe.

The remaining time, Libya will share the same time as Central Europe (UTC+1/CET and UTC+2/CEST),

The last time Libya observed DST was in 1989.

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