Reminder: Set Your Clocks Back This Weekend

Summer time in the Czech Republic and throughout Europe ends this weekend, and some want to do away with it permanently

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 29.10.2016 10:00:00 (updated on 29.10.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

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Just a friendly reminder: clocks in the Czech Republic (and throughout the EU) will shift back an hour on Sunday, October 30, 2016, allowing us to “gain” an extra hour this weekend.

Be sure to set your clocks back in order to avoid showing up to work an hour early on Monday morning. The precise time of the changeover is 3:00 in the morning.

Dislike having to change your clocks in the spring, only to have to set them back in the autumn?

Well, you’re not the only one.

According to a press release, summer time has “a significant negative impact on human health, accidents, transport, and livestock.” 

And researchers from the Czech Republic, with other supporters from 22 other countries across the world, want to do something about it.

“With our colleagues from Charles University, we summarized all available literature estimating the savings resulting from the winter and summer times,” said university lecturer Zuzana Havránková Iršová.

“The resulting effect for the Czech Republic is minimal. Colleagues from Česká spořitelna have calculated out that the savings can be valued of one minute of work time of an average Czech.”

According to, daylight savings time only saves minutes per year. It may not be going away any time soon, but support for its abolition has been rising throughout Europe. 

“Our initiative to cancel the concept now includes 22 countries,” says Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.

“The pressure to cancel it is greater than ever, and along with other members of the European Parliament, we believe that we can achieve this goal within a short period of time.”

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