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Time Zones in the Netherlands

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

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: 1 (Main Country)

Total Time Zones: 2 (with dependencies)

Dial Code: +31

Time Zone Currently Being Used in Netherlands

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameExample CityCurrent Time
UTC +2CESTCentral European Summer TimeAmsterdamSat, 8:59:38 pm

How Many Time Zones Are There in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands has 2 time zones. The country's European mainland, including the capital Amsterdam, observes Central European Time (CET) as standard time. When Daylight Saving Time (DST) is in force, Central European Summer Time (CEST) is observed.

The country's dependencies, island territories in the Caribbean Sea, all lie in the same time zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Please see below for a list of the Netherlands' dependencies.

Time Zone Not Currently Being Observed in Netherlands

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameCommences
UTC +1CETCentral European TimeOct 25, 2020

The above time zone is used during other parts of the year. It will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.

Time Zones Being Used in Dependencies of Netherlands

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameDependencyTypeCurrent Time
UTC -4ASTAtlantic Standard TimeArubaConstituent countrySat, 2:59:38 pm
ASTAtlantic Standard TimeCaribbean NetherlandsOverseas territorySat, 2:59:38 pm

Time Zone History of the Netherlands

The Netherlands standardized its civil time in 1909. Until then, each location in the country had observed its own solar time. In 1909, all clocks in the Netherlands were synchronized with solar time in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Time or Dutch Time, as it was commonly called, was 19 minutes and 32 seconds ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which was then the world's time standard. In 1937, the country's standard time was adjusted by 28 seconds to GMT+0:20 for simplicity's sake.

In 1940, German forces occupying the Netherlands during World War II advanced the country's local time by 1 hour and 40 minutes, effectively changing its time zone to Central European Summer Time (CEST), Germany's Daylight Saving Time (DST). The Netherlands remained on year-round DST until 1942. From 1942 to 1945, Dutch clocks followed Germany's schedule of DST switches.

In 1945, after the end of World War II, the country abandoned DST for over 3 decades. However, the time zone imposed by the German occupiers remains the country's standard time to the present day.

Saturday, April 4, 2020