A citizens’ initiative aimed at abandoning daylight saving time and keeping clocks in Finland permanently on summer time has attracted the 50,000 signatures needed for lawmakers to consider it in their legislative programme.
The initiative was launched in mid-April and recommends switching to permanent summer time to make the most of sunlight hours, thereby ensuring greater safety for outdoor activities, sports and road traffic.
In February this year, the Juha Sipilä cabinet decided it would support eliminating daylight saving time in favour of standard or winter time. Last year, a ministry of justice poll found that a majority of people in Finland would prefer permanent winter time.
Later, in March, the European Parliament also voted to call time on changing the clocks forward and backward each year, but left it up to individual member states to decide whether they would use summer or winter time.
In April, Turun Sanomat reported that Finland is hoping to use its upcoming rotating EU presidency to bring member states to a final consensus on the issue.