daylight saving time

According to, a recent survey conducted by shows that four out of five Hungarians would cancel DST, and one out of five doesn’t even know if we have to shift forward or backward in the autumn.

All together 5776 people took part in the online survey between the 24th of September and the 12th of October. 2/3 of the people opposers stand for the fix summer time (daylight saving time), while 23% of them would change to the winter time.

[box] As writes Hungary is currently in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Hungary, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). After the summer months the clock in Hungary is turned back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or (GMT+1).[/box]

13% of respondents would prefer a time zone change, meaning that they would add two hours to the Greenwich Mean Time instead of one.

Half of the respondents mentioned that the main problems are the turnover of their biological balance and the DST being hard. The primary reason of those who are against the winter time is the early darkening: 4 people out of 10 feel discomfort in the early dark hours, while 2/3 of respondents don’t feel like going out to fresh air after their workhours. The majority of people over 55 stated that they have health problems after the time shifting.


The support of changing to the winter time is inversely proportional to the size of settlements: this idea is more popular among the dwellers of smaller villages than in bigger cities.

According to the survey, every fifth respondent mixes up whether we shift our clock forward or backward on the 30th of October. This year we have to shift back our clocks Sunday night at 3 am to 2 am; this is when the winter time starts.

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