Do Clocks Go Back In Every Country?


No, clocks do not go back in every country, they do only in 71 countries of the world, these countries are as follows

  1.  Akrotiri and Dhekelia (UK)
  2.  Albania
  3.  Andorra
  4.  Australia
  5.  Austria
  6.  The Bahamas,
  7.  Belgium
  8.  Bermuda (UK)
  9.  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  10.  Bulgaria
  11.  Canada
  12.  Chile
  13.  Croatia
  14.  Cuba
  15.  Cyprus
  16.  Czechia (Czech Republic)
  17.  Denmark
  18.  Estonia
  19.  Faroe Islands (DK)
  20.  Fiji
  21.  Finland
  22.  France
  23.  Germany
  24.  Greece
  25.  Greenland (DK)
  26.  Guernsey (UK)
  27.  Haiti
  28.  Holy See (Vatican City)
  29.  Hungary
  30.  Iran
  31.  Ireland
  32.  Isle of Man (UK)
  33.  Israel
  34.  Italy
  35.  Jersey (UK)
  36.  Jordan
  37.    Kosovo
  38.  Latvia
  39.  Lebanon
  40.  Liechtenstein
  41.  Lithuania
  42.  Luxembourg
  43.  Malta
  44.  Mexico
  45.  Moldova
  46.  Monaco
  47.  Montenegro
  48.  Netherlands
  49.  New Zealand
  50.  Norfolk Island (AU)
  51.  North Macedonia
  52.  Norway
  53.  Paraguay
  54.  Poland
  55.  Portugal
  56.  Romania
  57.  Saint Pierre and Miquelon (FR)
  58.  Samoa
  59.  San Marino
  60.  Serbia
  61.  Slovakia
  62.  Slovenia
  63.  Spain
  64.  Sweden
  65.  Switzerland
  66.  Syria
  67.  Turks and Caicos (UK)
  68.  Ukraine
  69.  United Kingdom
  70.  United States
  71.   Western Sahara

Now that we have looked at the regions that observe DST lets look at the ones that don’t observe DST

Countries That Don’t Observe DST

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. American Samoa
  4. Angola
  5. Anguilla
  6. Antigua And Barbuda
  7. Argentina
  8. Armenia
  9. Aruba
  10. Ascension
  11. Azerbaijan
  12. Bahrain
  13. Baker island
  14. Bangladesh
  15. Barbados
  16. Belarus
  17. Belize
  18. Benin
  19. Bhutan
  20. Bolivia
  21. Bonaire
  22. Botswana
  23. Brazil
  24. British Virgin Islands
  25. Brunei
  26. Burkina Faso
  27. Burundi
  28. Cambodia
  29. Cameroon
  30. Cape Verde
  31. Cayman Islands
  32. The central African Republic
  33. Chad
  34. China
  35. Christmas Island
  36. Cocos ( Keeling ) Island
  37. Colombia
  38. Comoros
  39. Cook Islands
  40. Democratic Republic of Congo
  41. Republic of Cong
  42. Costa Rica
  43. Curacao
  44. Djibouti
  45. Dominica
  46. Dominican Republic
  47. East Timor
  48. Ecuador
  49. Egypt
  50. El Salvador
  51. Equatorial Guinea
  52. Eritrea
  53. Eswatini
  54. Ethiopia
  55. Falkland Islands
  56. French Guiana
  57. French Polynesia
  58. French Southern Territories
  59. Gabon
  60. The Gambia
  61. Georgia
  62. Ghana
  63. Grenada
  64. Guadeloupe
  65. Guam
  66. Guatemala
  67. Guinea
  68. Guinea Bissau
  69. Guyana
  70. Heard And Mcdonald Island
  71. Honduras
  72. Hong Kong
  73. Howland Island
  74. Iceland
  75. India
  76. Indonesia
  77. Iraq
  78. Ivory Coast
  79. Jamaica
  80. Japan
  81. Kazakhstan
  82. Kenya
  83. Kiribati
  84. Democratic people’s republic of Korea ( North Korea )
  85. Republic Of Korea ( South Korea )
  86. Kuwait
  87. Kyrgyzstan
  88. Laos
  89. Lesotho
  90. Liberia
  91. Libya
  92. Macau
  93. Madagascar
  94. Malawi
  95. Malaysia
  96. Maldives
  97. Mali
  98. Marshall islands
  99. Martinique
  100. Mauritania
  101. Mauritius
  102. Federated State of Micronesia
  103. Midway island
  104. Mongolia
  105. Montserrat
  106. Morocco 
  107. Mozambique
  108. Myanmar
  109. Namibia
  110. Nauru
  111. Nepal
  112. New Caledonia
  113. Nicaragua
  114. Niger
  115. Nigeria
  116. Niue
  117. Northern Mariana Islands
  118. Oman
  119. Pakistan
  120. Palau
  121. Palestine
  122. Panama
  123. Papua New Guinea
  124. Peru
  125. Philippines
  126. Pitcairn Islands
  127. Puerto Rico
  128. Qatar
  129. Russia
  130. Rwanda
  131. Saba
  132. Saint Barthelemy
  133. Saint Helena
  134. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  135. Saint Lucia
  136. Saint Martin
  137. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  138. Sao Tome And Principe
  139. Saudi Arabia
  140. Senegal
  141. Seychelles
  142. Sierra Leone
  143. Singapore
  144. Sint Eustatius
  145. Sint Maarten
  146. Solomen Islands
  147. Somalia
  148. South Africa
  149. South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
  150. South Sudan
  151. Sri Lanka
  152. Suda
  153. Suriname
  154. Taiwan
  155. Tajikistan
  156. Tanzania
  157. Thailand
  158. Togo
  159. Tokelau
  160. Tonga
  161. Trinidad And Tobago
  162. Tristan Da Cunha
  163. Tunisia
  164. Turkey
  165. Turkmenistan
  166. Tuvalu
  167. Uganda
  168. United Arab Emirates
  169. United States Virgin Islands
  170. Uruguay
  171. Uzbekistan
  172. Vanuatu
  173. Venezuela
  174. Vietnam
  175. Wallis And Futuna
  176. Yemen
  177. Zambia
  178. Zimbabwe

Daylight Saving time is quite a unique phenomenon practiced all over the world in many countries. This is done to make the most use of the daylight that is available to us depending on the geography of the place. However, it is important to note that not all of the countries around the world do this as evident by the list shown above. But What is it actually? Well, this basically pertains to all of the clocks within a country being turned one hour forward in spring. And setting the clock back by an exact one hour in autumn. This is basically done to add an hour of daylight in spring and compensate for it in autumn when we already have long days

This extra hour of daylight could then be conveniently used by people to go out with their families as they will be getting free from their office and other official duties an hour ahead. And will ultimately have the time to go on and do what they want to do while the sun is still up. This idea was first proposed by George Hudson from New Zealand, who initially proposed a 2-hour time shift in clocks so that he along with his friends would have more time to go for bug hunting in the summer. A few years later, this idea was appreciated by William Willett who then proposed this in front of the Parliament as a suggestion for saving daylight time of the people of the whole wide nation

Two of the many people who supported this idea were Winston Churchill and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But this didn’t stop the idea from being rejected in the start by the parliament. But eventually, this idea started gaining some popularity and was first materialized by the German Government.

Will UK Stop Changing The Clocks

As the United Kingdome has finally decided to get out of the European Union, it will no longer be bound to change time two times in a year and would be able to decide for itself if it wants to change its clock, so this is a matter yet not resolved, and one which the world will soon see a verdict on.

Will All The European Countries Stop Changing Clocks?

There was a proposition passed in 2018 that suggested the stoppage of all changing times and it is under consideration. This proposal was approved by a vote of 410 to 192 but there is still time for this to be actually materialized as it still would have to be approved by the European Council, which is basically a body of the head of estates of all of the 28 ( now 27 considering that the UK is out ). If it is cleared that hurdle too it would soon be on its way to implementation. And it is expected that the last time change these countries make would be in March or October of 2021 depending on one when the council approves and when this proposition actually becomes law. If you want to know more about this wierd.co.uk has a great article on it, you can give it a look “hereOpens in a new tab.

Hopefully, this article was helpful in clearing some of your queries about DST and why and when countries all around the world change their times throughout the year twice.  And if you want to know why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!Opens in a new tab.“. And stay tuned to ohmyclock for more interesting articles about clocks

AK Iqbal

A University of London’ student with a passion for writing. Clocks have always intrigued me and the importance that they have in our lives is way beyond phenomenal. So, on this site, I write everything about clocks, everything from answering any clock-related queries that you might have along with recommending some of my favorite clocks accordingly. Moreover, I will also be conducting some researches on clock related topics and sharing the things that I learn. So stay tuned to ohmyclock for all the fun clocks related content

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