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Clocks go back an hour for winter time

The Local · 29 Oct 2011, 15:38

Published: 29 Oct 2011 15:38 GMT+02:00

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Winter time has been known as "normal time" since around 1870, and Sweden is in line with the rest of the European Union in making the change.

Early birds will however enjoy the extra light on their way to work on Monday, with a day's grace on Sunday to allow the body to adapt to the change. Although the limited afternoon light is cut even shorter.

Despite meteorological appearances to the contrary, summer time in fact stretches for seven months of the year. Come December 22nd the dark tide turns and days start to lengthen again as we head through the new year and on into spring.

Summer time or daylight saving time is not used by most of the world's population, but is common in the northern hemisphere where light hours can shift significantly from summer to winter.

One of the original reasons for introducing the temporary change in the spring was to save on lighting and, while controversial, is regarded to have benefits for retailers and traffic safety.

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The official change occurs at 3am on Sunday, which will thus become 2am.

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22:29 October 29, 2011 by Slash
thanks for the info
02:49 October 30, 2011 by johnoleson
"Daylight savings time" is a lie. It neither saves daylight nor saves power but is an infringement by the powers that be against free people.
10:05 October 30, 2011 by riose
@johnoleson So your definition of an oppressive regime is GMT+ how much?

Winter time means that you wake up with the sunrise, which is nice.
14:56 October 30, 2011 by johnoleson
Dear rios,

No oppressive regime, but an infringement not universally adopted in all northern regions. When the clock time doesn't align with solar time it is a lie. As a sovereign individual, I wake up as my schedule dictates, usually around sunrise. :)
15:38 October 30, 2011 by Svensksmith
It's like cutting six inches off the bottom of your blanket and sewing it on the top. What does it accomplish?
20:27 October 30, 2011 by skogsbo
But if that blanket was tucked into the sides of your bed and you now had to decide between warm feet, cold neck?

I prefer the switch, it means I don't need a torch to potter about outside on a morning first thing for another month now. I can't move my blanket / pottering time, as it is tied into the kids dagis and the lassie heading for work.

Jo, which countries don't adopt it? Move there!?
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