The Swiss change their time tonight and will be able to...

On Sunday, the Swiss will gain an hour of sleep: at 3 a.m., the clocks will have to be set back to 2 a.m. The abolition of the annual time change is at the heart of debates in Europe, but no decision has yet been taken.

The time change at the end of October is often associated with the change to winter time. “But in reality, there is only normal time and daylight saving time,” said the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) in a press release published on Tuesday. Standard time effective in Switzerland has been Central European Time for over 125 years.

Daylight saving time has existed in Switzerland since 1981. It was introduced to harmonize Swiss clocks with those of neighboring countries. “This decision was mainly motivated by economic reasons”, notes METAS, since a temporal difference can have consequences on commercial transactions or transport, for example.

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The possible abolition of the annual time change is currently the subject of political discussions, in Switzerland but also within the European Union. In March 2019, the European Parliament called for the switch to standard time to be abolished from 2021. However, all the decisions have not yet been taken, both at the level of the European Union and in each state.

Until further notice, the current regulations remain in force, underlines METAS. On Sunday March 28, 2021, we will therefore switch to daylight saving time again.

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