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Charlene White

Sweden

Member since October 02, 2013


  • http://www.webnews.de/1576829/spain-might-put-the-clocks-back-to-boost-the-countrys-economy

    Madrid - We're not actually talking about going back in time here, but Spanish lawmakers proposed on Thursday switching the country to a more appropriate time zone to make sleeping and eating times more regular, workers more productive.

    Spanish time currently runs one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter, and two hours ahead of GMT in summer. This applies to the whole country with the exception of the Canary Islands out in the Atlantic ocean.

    The country lies on the same geographical timelines as neighboring Portugal and also the UK, but clocks in Spain are operating on the same time as France and Germany.

    Turns out this is because the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's fascist government adopted it to be in line with Nazi Germany, and it has remained that way ever since.

    According to Intereconomia (Spanish language) in 1942, at the beginning of World War II, the United Kingdom and Portugal decided to change their clocks into the same zone as Western Europe for military reasons. Franco, of course, did so out of sympathy for Hitler.

    However, when the war ended, the United Kingdom and Portugal returned to their original time zones. Spain remained where it was and ever since then lives an hour ahead in winter and two in summer.

    A report presented to the Spanish Parliament on Thursday read: "The fact that Spain for more than 71 years has not been in the correct ti...