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DST Start in Europe 2022

Most European countries set the clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 27, 2022, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts.

A map showing time zones in Europe.
A map showing time zones in Europe.

Clocks go forward one hour in Europe on March 27, 2022.

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Most countries in Europe will spring forward one hour at 01:00 UTC on March 27, 2022. The local time for the change is different in each time zone.

The clocks will be set back one hour to standard time on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The US and Canada started DST two weeks earlier than Europe, on March 13, 2022.

DST Not Removed in 2022

Frustrations with the DST clock changes have led the European Parliament to draft a law to permanently remove DST in the European Union.

The removal of DST was initially planned for 2021, but it did not happen. In 2020 and 2021, Europe, like the rest of the world, was busy handling the health and economic effects of Covid-19.

Negotiations have still not started in the European Council.

Daylight Saving in Europe

Time changes in Europe are synchronized. According to the current EU law, DST 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