Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead tomorrow

ClockPhoto: Sonja Langford

After a long corona-winter, spring is here. The evenings are getting both lighter and longer.

Marking the official beginning of daylight saving time, the clocks will go forward this Sunday in the early hours of the morning.

By moving the clock one hour forward, daylight saving time begins on the night between Saturday and Sunday – on March 28 at 2 AM.

By moving the clock, the 2 o’clock time will be counted as 3 o’clock. This means people will lose an hour of sleep on Sunday.

By switching to daylight saving time, the sun will rise later, but will also set later, which is why the days will have less light in the morning and more light in the afternoon.

EU debate

In the EU, the debate on moving the clock has been going on for many years, but it is still unknown when it will actually be abolished.

Today, more than 70 countries use summer time, i.e., less than 40% of the world’s countries. 

Among Norway’s neighboring countries, this applies to Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, while Iceland and Russia do not have summer time.

More and more people against summer time

An argument against moving the clock is, among other things, that animals have built-in clocks and that the farmers must therefore spend time on the transition. 

Thus, farmers believe the best solution would be to phase out summer time.

Another argument is that several studies have shown that cutting one hour of sleep in the spring when we go into summer time can have adverse effects on health.

In 2018, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) arranged an informal digital survey about summer time. 

In the survey, which received over 50,000 responses, nine out of ten answered that they wanted normal time all year round or have summer time as normal time.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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