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Mongolia Abolishes Daylight Saving Time

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Published 9-Feb-2017

Mongolia is abolishing Daylight Saving Time (DST) only 2 years after it was re-introduced.

Aerial view of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Ulaanbataar, Mongolia.

Mongolia has abolished DST and will stay on standard time all year.

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The decision was made in a Mongolian cabinet meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The government in the Central Asian country decided to stop practicing DST and stay on standard time permanently.

DST for 2 Years

Mongolia re-introduced DST in 2015, setting the clocks forward 1 hour in late March, and back 1 hour at the end of September.

Time in Mongolia

Mongolia has 2 time zones.

Most of the country, including its capital Ulaanbaatar, observes Ulaanbaatar Time (ULAT), which is 8 hours ahead of UTC (UTC+8).

Western areas, including the city Hovd, use Hovd Time (HOVT), which is UTC+7 hours

Controversial Issue

The seasonal time change is a controversial issue in Mongolia. Over the past decades, the country repeatedly changed its DST legislation.

According to the media reports, the practice received both praise and criticism. More daylight in the afternoon benefited retail, sports, and outdoor activities, but health issues counteracted the benefits. It also disrupted international flight and railway schedules.

Current time in
Ulaanbaatar

3:31:21pm

Thursday, July 19, 2018


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