Daylight Saving Time in Dependencies of Netherlands
|Dependency||Type||Daylight Saving Time Period|
|Aruba||Constituent country||No Daylight Saving Time|
|Caribbean Netherlands||Overseas territory||No Daylight Saving Time|
Daylight Saving Time History in Netherlands
One of the 1st Countries to Use DST
On April 30, 1916, Germany became the 1st country to observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). On the very next day, on May 1, 1916, the Netherlands followed suit.
Until 1940, the Netherlands' standard time was based on solar time at the meridian running through its capital, Amsterdam, instead of GMT, then the world's time standard. From 1916 to 1936, Dutch standard time was 19 minutes and 32 seconds ahead of GMT. When DST was in force, the GMT offset increased to 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 32 seconds.
During World War II, German forces ordered an all-year DST period, which lasted from 1940 to 1942. From 1942 to 1945, Dutch clocks followed Germany's DST schedule. After the country's liberation in 1945, DST was abolished. However, the Netherlands did not revert to Dutch Time but kept Central European Time (CET) as its standard time. Daylight Saving Time was re-introduced in 1977, and DST clock changes are still observed in the Netherlands to the present day.
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