Time Zones Currently Being Used in Spain
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Example City||Current Time|
|UTC +1||WEST||Western European Summer Time||Las Palmas||Sun, 2:33:58 pm|
|UTC +2||CEST||Central European Summer Time||Madrid||Sun, 3:33:58 pm|
How Many Time Zones Are There in Spain?
All of continental Spain, including the capital Madrid, observes the same time zone. However, the Canary Islands, off the coast of Morocco, add a 2nd time zone to the country. Here, the local time is 1 hour behind the mainland.
Time Zones Not Currently Being Observed in Spain
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Commences|
|UTC +0||WET||Western European Time||Oct 28, 2018|
|UTC +1||CET||Central European Time||Oct 28, 2018|
The above time zones are used during other parts of the year. They will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.
Is Spain Using the Wrong Time Zone?
Spain uses a time zone that does not adequately reflect the solar time on its longitude. Central European Time (CET) is based on the solar time at 15° eastern longitude, which runs along the border between Germany and Poland. Central European Summer Time (CEST), Spain's Daylight Saving Time, refers to an even less suitable solar time, at 30° eastern longitude, which runs close to Kyiv, Ukraine.
In terms of geography, it would make more sense if continental Spain observed the same local time as the Canary Islands. In fact, the country did so for decades—from 1900, when time zones were introduced there, to 1940, when the dictator Francisco Franco moved Spain to the time zone it uses today.
Time Zone News
- 3/7/2018 – DST Starts in Europe Sunday, March 25, 2018
- 9/21/2017 – DST in Europe Ends Oct 29
- 2/17/2017 – DST Starts in Europe Sunday, March 26, 2017
- 12/14/2016 – Spain Considers a New Time Zone
- 10/31/2016 – EU Politicians Speak Up to Remove DST
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