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Chile's daylight saving time extended to April 28

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Published 27-Feb-2012

Chile’s daylight saving time (DST) has been extended by 7 weeks, so clocks will now be moved back by 1 hour from midnight (24:00) Saturday April 28, to 11pm (23:00) instead of Sunday March 11, 2012.

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DST will last longer than planned in Valparaiso and the rest of Chile.

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The Chilean government’s extended DST schedule is part of a plan to reduce energy consumption, traffic accidents, and crime.

Cities throughout Chile, including capital Santiago, will continue DST until April 28.

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

The following DST changes will occur in Chile in 2012:

  • Clocks will move back 1 hour from midnight (24:00) Saturday April 28, to 11pm (23:00).
  • Clocks will move forward 1 hour, from midnight (24:00) Sunday September 2 to 1am (01:00).

Hope to reduce crime

Government officials hope that having more daylight during the evening over a longer period would boost safer driving, cut down on the use of artificial lighting, and discourage criminal activity that would normally occur after dark.

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