Forward 1 hour
Mar 25, 2012 - Daylight Saving Time Started
When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Mar 25, 2012 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
Back 1 hour
Oct 28, 2012 - Daylight Saving Time Ended
When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 3:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Oct 28, 2012 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.
When Does DST Start and End in the Netherlands?
The European mainland of the Netherlands uses Daylight Saving Time (DST) during part of the year. The DST period starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October, together with most other European countries.
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
- Netherlands first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1916.
- Netherlands has observed DST for 72 years between 1916 and 2018.
- Previous time with no Daylight Saving Time was 1976.
- See Worldwide DST Statistics
One of the 1st Countries to Use DST
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.