Oct 25, 2020, 3:00 am
Long Name: Kingdom of the Netherlands
Abbreviations: NL, NLD
Administrative Capital: The Hague
Judicial Capital: The Hague
Legislative Capital: The Hague
Time Zones: 1 (Main Country)
Total Time Zones: 2 (with dependencies)
Dial Code: +31
Forward 1 hour
Mar 28, 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Starts
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 28, 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 28, 2021, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 28, 2021 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
Back 1 hour
Oct 31, 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 3:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 31, 2021, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Oct 31, 2021 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Note that the above information is preliminary: There is ongoing discussion about DST or time zone. The date might be updated or changed once we have reliable information.
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 74 years between 1916 and 2020.
- 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.