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CET – Central European Time / European Central Time (Standard Time)

Also known as: ECT – European Central Time, CET – Central Europe Time

Central European Time Note:

Antarctica: CET is currently not observed because locations are on standard time and are observing GMT.

Time zone map of CET
Currently observing CET.
Observes CET part of the year.
Areas with same time currently (UTC +1:00).
Currently observing CET – Central European Time.
Observes CET – Central European Time part of the year, but not currently.
Currently has same time zone offset as CET (UTC +1:00) but different time zone 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, Antarctica.

This time zone is often called Central European Time.

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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 in 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


African countries using CET all year

  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
This time zone is no longer in use, but some locations may observe the same UTC offset (local time) under a different name.

Other time zones in UTC +1:00

Some time zones exist that have the same offset as CET, but can be found under a different name:

CET time now


Monday, November 30, 2015

  • CET will be observed in Brussels until Mar 27, 2016 at 2:00 AM
  • CET will be observed in Troll Station starting from Mar 1, 2016 at 1:00 AM
  • UTC Offset: UTC +1:00
  • 6 hours ahead of Washington DC

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Other names

MEZ – Mitteleuropäische Zeit (German)

Example cities

Belgium – Brussels (Winter)
Algeria – Algiers (All Year)
Antarctica – Troll Station (Summer)

Related time zones

CEST – Central European Summer Time (Daylight Time)

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