Switzerland, along with other countries that observe European Summer Time, “springs forward” by one hour this weekend. Most countries in Europe, with the exception of Belarus, Iceland, and Russia, will change clocks the same day.
The purpose of changing clocks forward one hour is to maximize use of daylight hours during the summer months and conserve energy, since daylight will linger longer into the evening. Though the country observes European Summer Time presently, Switzerland was the last country in Europe to adopt standard dates to “spring forward” and “fall back.” Summer Time was controversial particularly in rural areas where tasks such as milking cows were not so easily changed by one hour (read more about the controversy, in German, here). Switzerland began observing European Summer Time in 1981.
Find out more about daylight saving time in Geneva by clicking here. More information about European Summer Time is available here. If you’re already planning ahead for the annual “fall back” day, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, the 27th of October. And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead before going to sleep on Saturday night!
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