null Clocks will be moved forward to summer time next Sunday

Clocks will be moved forward to summer time next Sunday

Press release 25.03.2021 10.09 fi sv en

Picture of a clock, we will switch to Daylight saving time on Sunday 28 March 2021 (picture: Ministry of Transport and Communications)

Daylight Saving Time begins in the coming weekend, in the night between Saturday and Sunday. The clocks will be moved forward one hour on Sunday, 28 March, at 03.00.

Finland has observed Daylight Saving Time without interruption since 1981. Switching to summer time and back to winter time is a unified practice within the European Union.

Efforts to end the summer-time arrangement

In 2018, the European Commission proposed that the biannual clock changes would be abandoned across Europe in a harmonised manner. The Member States would remain free to decide nationally which time they want to adopt on a permanent basis.

Of the Member States, Finland has advocated abandoning seasonal time changes the most actively. The people, businesses and other stakeholders were widely consulted in Finland to facilitate national decision-making. The results showed that many were in favour of abandoning clock changes. While both summer and winter time were supported fairly evenly, winter time gained slightly more popularity.

Finland does not currently have a formal final position on the choice of permanent year-round time. Finland underlines the importance of avoiding fragmentation of time zones.

How is the proposed directive proceeding?

The initial target schedule for the Commission proposal has not been met. In spring 2019, the European Parliament voted in favour of ending seasonal time changes. At the time, it proposed that clocks would be changed in 2021 for the last time.

The proposal is still awaiting consideration by the Council of the EU, for the issue shall be decided jointly by the Council and the Parliament. The debate on Daylight Saving Time has been delayed, partly because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the issue has not been on the agenda during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council this spring.

Inquiries

Maria Rautavirta, Director of Unit, tel. +358 40 718 5975