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DST starts in Europe Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Published 6-Mar-2015. Changed 7-Mar-2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015 clocks will be set forward one hour when Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts in most of Europe.

A map of time zones and DST in Europe.

Summer time starts in most of Europe.

Clocks will go forward one hour in the striped areas on March 29, 2015.

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DST and Your Health

Pros and Cons of DST

USA start DST Sunday, March 8, 2015

More light in the evening

Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later on Sunday, March 29, 2015 than the day before, so there will be more light in the evening.

Daylength, Sunrise & Sunset in your city

Same time all over Europe

European countries synchronize the start of DST at 1:00 (1 am) UTC on the last Sunday of March. They return to Standard Time again on the last Sunday of October.

Daylight Savings or Saving?

Clocks will not change in Russia

The people in Russia will not be setting their clocks forward again 1 hour along with the rest of Europe, as they have done in the past. From March 29, 2015, the Russians remain on Standard Time (winter time) permanently.

Luhansk and Donetsk join Moscow

The “Luhansk People's Republic” and the “Donetsk People's Republic”, both self-proclaimed separatist states in eastern Ukraine, switched to Moscow Time on Sunday, October 26, 2014 and also remain on Standard Time (winter time) permanently.

European countries with no DST

1 hour back or ahead?

The clock moves ahead (= losing one hour) in the spring when DST starts, and falls back one hour (= gaining one hour) when DST ends in the fall.

To help remember which way to set your watch, keep in mind one of these sayings:“Spring forward, fall back” or “Spring ahead, fall behind.”

Local times in Europe for DST start

Time Zone during DSTDST startsStandard Time Zone (no DST)

British Summer Time (BST) used in UK during summer

UTC offset: +1 hour

DST starts at 1:00 (1 am) local time.
Clocks are set ahead one 1 hour to 2:00 (2 am).

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

UTC offset: None

Western European Summer Time (WEST) observed in Portugal, Faroe Islands and the Canary Islands.

UTC offset: +1 hour

DST starts at 1:00 (2 am) local time. Clocks are set ahead one 1 hour to 2:00 (2 am).

Western European Time (WET)

UTC offset: None

Central European Summer Time (CEST), used in countries including France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Hungary, and Spain.

UTC offset: +2 hours

DST starts at 2:00 (2 am) local time, when clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 3:00 (3 am).

Central European Time (CET)

UTC offset: +1 hour

Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), used in countries including Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Turkey, and most areas in Ukraine.

UTC offset: +3 hours

DST starts at 3:00 (3 am) local time, when clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 4:00 (4 am).

Eastern European Time (EET)

UTC offset: +2 hours

Most of the western parts of Russia and some parts of Ukraine are in the Moscow time zone, Moscow Standard Time (MSK).

UTC offset: UTC +3 hours

Russia will not change to DST.

Moscow Standard Time (MSK)

UTC offset: UTC +3 hours

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