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DST Start in Europe 2021

Most European countries set the clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 28, 2021, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts.

A map of time zones and DST in Europe.

Clocks go forward one hour in the striped areas in Europe on March 28, 2021.

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Most countries in Europe will spring forward one hour at 01:00 UTC on March 28, 2021. The local time for the change is different in each time zone. See the table below for more details.

The clocks will be set back one hour to standard time on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

The US and Canada started DST two weeks earlier than Europe, on March 14, 2021.

DST Removal Not Likely in 2021

Daylight Saving Time (DST) the local sunrise and sunset forward one hour resulting in more daylight in the evenings. Still, frustrations with the bi-annual clock change have led the European Parliament to draft a law to permanently remove DST in the European Union.

The draft law, issued in 2018, proposes that 2021 would be the last time EU Member States and affiliated countries follow the seasonal clock change. For this reason, all subsequent clock changes in European nations are marked as preliminary on timeanddate.com.

However, negotiations have not yet started in the European Council, making it very unlikely for the new rules—even if agreed rapidly—to apply in 2021. Europe, like the rest of the World, is in the throes of the coronavus pandemic.

Daylight Saving in Europe

European countries synchronize their DST, which starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October. Participating countries are:

European countries that do not have DST include Russia, Iceland, and Belarus.

Local Times in Europe for DST Start

Time Zone During DSTDST StartsStandard Time Zone (no DST)

British Summer Time (BST), used in the UK during summer.

UTC offset: +1 hour

DST starts at 01:00 (1 am) local time.
Clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 02:00 (2 am).

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

UTC offset: None

Irish Standard Time (IST), used in Ireland during the summer.

UTC offset: +1 hour

DST starts at 01:00 (1 am) local time.
Clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 02:00 (2 am).

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

UTC offset: None

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

UTC offset: +1 hour

DST starts at 01:00 (1 am) local time.
Clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 02:00 (2 am).

Western European Time (WET)

UTC offset: None

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

UTC offset: +2 hours

DST starts at 02:00 (2 am) local time.
Clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 03:00 (3 am).

Central European Time (CET)

UTC offset: +1 hour

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

UTC offset: +3 hours

DST starts at 03:00 (3 am) local time.
Clocks are set ahead 1 hour to 04:00 (4 am).

Eastern European Time (EET)

UTC offset: +2 hours