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Finland turns clocks back an hour, ending daylight savings 

Finland wants to scrap seasonal daylight savings in favour of a permanent standard time.

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Clocks are switched on the last Sunday in March and October. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

Finland switched back to winter or standard time on Sunday morning despite recent moves to end the practice.

All EU members switch clocks to end daylight savings time on the same day to avoid disruptions in international train and air traffic, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said in a release.

Finland has followed the custom of turning clocks forward by an hour during the summer months to what is known as daylight savings time since 1981, one year after most other European countries adopted the practice.

The clocks are always switched on the last Sunday in March and October.

Will daylight savings be abandoned?

Finland wants to scrap seasonal daylight savings time for a permanent standard time and has pushed for the abolition of the practice by 2021.

A citizens’ initiative last year aimed at keeping clocks in Finland permanently on summer time attracted the 50,000 signatures needed for lawmakers to consider it in their legislative programme.

In March 2019, members of the European Parliament voted to eliminate the practice. The matter is not settled, however, as each EU country needs to decide whether they would use summer time or winter time.

Some European countries, especially in central and southern Europe are not keen on ending this — Ireland, for example, does not want to run the risk of being in a different time zone than Britain.

The coronavirus pandemic has also stalled the discussion for now.

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