CET – Central European Time (Standard Time)

Currently observing CET
Observes CET part of the year
Areas with same time (UTC +1:00)
Currently observing CET
Observes CET part of the year
Same time zone offset (UTC +1:00) but different timezone name.

Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is a standard time zone and is used in: Europe, Africa.

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Summer Time & DST

Some places observe daylight saving time/summer time during the summer, and therefore use CEST (Central European Summer Time) in the summer.

Email time zone indicator: +0100

An email sent from someone in the Central European Time (CET) time zone will have the time zone listed as "+0100" in the headers of the email. (However, "+0100" does not have to be in Central European Time, as other time zones could have the same UTC offset).

Where and when is CET observed?


European countries using CET in the winter and CEST during the summer

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (mainland)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Holy See/Vatican City
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia, Republic of
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain - except Canary Islands, which are on WET/WEST
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


CET is used all year

  • Algeria
  • Tunisia

CET time now


Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • UTC Offset: UTC +1:00
  • 8 hours ahead of Seattle

Find current time and time zone by city


Other names

MEZ – Mitteleuropäische Zeit (German)

Example cities

Belgium – Brussels (Winter)
Algeria – Algiers (All Year)

Related time zones

CEST – Central European Summer Time (Daylight Time)

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