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Time Change 2021 in the Netherlands

Next change:
Oct
27
1 hour Back

Oct 27, 2019, 3:00 am

Country: Netherlands

Long Name: Kingdom of the Netherlands

Abbreviations: NL, NLD

Capital: Amsterdam

Time Zones: 1 (Main Country)

Total Time Zones: 2 (with dependencies)

Dial Code: +31

Mar 28

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.

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

More info:
Europe Ready to Scrap DST

Oct 31

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.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

More info:
Europe Ready to Scrap DST

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.

Other years: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | 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.

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Daylight Saving Time Info

Daylight Saving Time in Dependencies of Netherlands

DependencyTypeDaylight Saving Time Period
ArubaConstituent countryNo Daylight Saving Time
Caribbean NetherlandsOverseas territoryNo 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.