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Time Change 2019 in the Netherlands

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Oct 27, 2024, 3:00 am

Country: Netherlands
Long Name: Kingdom of the Netherlands
Abbreviations: NL, NLD
Capital: Amsterdam
Administrative Capital: The Hague
Judicial Capital: The Hague
Legislative Capital: The Hague
Time Zones: 2 (Main Country)
Total Time Zones: 3 (with dependencies)
Dial Code: +31

Mar 31

Forward 1 hour

Mar 31, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Started

When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Mar 31, 2019 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

More info:
European Union Ready to Scrap DST
EU Committee Votes to Scrap DST
DST Starts in Europe Sunday, March 31, 2019
EU States Call to Postpone Abolishing DST

Oct 27

Back 1 hour

Oct 27, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Ended

When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Oct 27, 2019 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

More info:
European Union Ready to Scrap DST
End of DST in Europe 2019

Other years: 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2024

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.

Central European Time (CET) is used as standard time, while Central European Summer Time (CEST) is observed when DST is in force.

Which Special Municipalities, Constituent Countries and Provinces use Daylight Saving Time in 2019

Areas in Netherlands using DST in 2019
Areas in Netherlands on standard time all of 2019

DST in Locations in Netherlands in 2019 (40 Locations)

's-HertogenboschMar 31 – Oct 27EmmenMar 31 – Oct 27PeizeMar 31 – Oct 27
AalsmeerMar 31 – Oct 27EnschedeMar 31 – Oct 27RotterdamMar 31 – Oct 27
AbcoudeMar 31 – Oct 27GroningenMar 31 – Oct 27The BottomNo DST
AlkmaarMar 31 – Oct 27HaarlemMar 31 – Oct 27The HagueMar 31 – Oct 27
AlmereMar 31 – Oct 27HilversumMar 31 – Oct 27TilburgMar 31 – Oct 27
AmersfoortMar 31 – Oct 27HoofddorpMar 31 – Oct 27UtrechtMar 31 – Oct 27
AmsterdamMar 31 – Oct 27LeerdamMar 31 – Oct 27VlissingenMar 31 – Oct 27
ApeldoornMar 31 – Oct 27LeeuwardenMar 31 – Oct 27WageningenMar 31 – Oct 27
ArnhemMar 31 – Oct 27LeidenMar 31 – Oct 27WoerdenMar 31 – Oct 27
BredaMar 31 – Oct 27MaastrichtMar 31 – Oct 27ZaandamMar 31 – Oct 27
DelftMar 31 – Oct 27MontfoortMar 31 – Oct 27ZoetermeerMar 31 – Oct 27
DordrechtMar 31 – Oct 27NijmegenMar 31 – Oct 27ZwolleMar 31 – Oct 27
EdeMar 31 – Oct 27OranjestadNo DST
EindhovenMar 31 – Oct 27OssMar 31 – Oct 27

Daylight Saving Time in Dependencies of Netherlands

DependencyTypeDaylight Saving Time Period
ArubaConstituent countryNo Daylight Saving Time
Caribbean NetherlandsConstituent countryNo Daylight Saving Time
CuraçaoConstituent countryNo Daylight Saving Time
Sint MaartenConstituent countryNo Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time History in Netherlands

  • Netherlands first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1916.
  • Netherlands has observed DST for 78 years between 1916 and 2024 (DST in at least one location).
  • Previous time with no Daylight Saving Time was 1976.
  • See Worldwide DST Statistics

One of the First Countries to Use DST

On April 30, 1916, Germany became the first 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.