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Time Zones in Sweden

2:37:20 pm

Monday, December 4, 2023

Country: Sweden
Long Name: Kingdom of Sweden
Abbreviations: SE, SWE
Capital: Stockholm
Time Zones: 1
Dial Code: +46

Time Zone Currently Being Used in Sweden

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameExample CityCurrent Time
UTC +1CETCentral European TimeStockholmMon, 2:37:20 pm

How Many Time Zones Are There in Sweden?

Sweden has only one time zone. The country observes Central European Time (CET) as standard time. When Daylight Saving Time (DST) is in force, Swedish clocks run on Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Time Zone Not Currently Being Observed in Sweden

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameCommences
UTC +2CESTCentral European Summer TimeMar 31, 2024

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 Zone History of Sweden

Sweden standardized its time in 1879. Until then, each location had used solar mean time, based on its longitude.

In 1879, the solar time 3 degrees west of the Observatory of Stockholm was defined as the national standard time. It was 1 hour and 14 seconds ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), then the world's time standard.

To get in line with the global standard, Sweden turned its clocks back by 14 seconds in 1900. The local time was now exactly 1 hour ahead of GMT. The country has been using the same time zone ever since.

Monday, December 4, 2023