Early on Sunday 28 October 2018 Swiss clocks turn back one hour. Officially they are adjusted at 3am. This means you can stay in bed longer and it will be lighter when you get up. On the down side, it will be darker in the evenings.
The rest of Europe will adjust its clocks at the same time.
On Sunday morning the sun will rise at 7:10am in Geneva and set at 17:27, according to timeanddate.com.
The shortest day of the year is 21 December 2018. On this day in Geneva the sun will rise at 8:14am and set at 16:52, a duration of a little under 8 hours and 37 minutes.
Extended evenings will not return until Sunday 31 March 2019, when at 2am clocks will shift forward one hour.
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A large cloud of uncertainty hangs over daylight savings in Europe. In August this year, after a public consultation where 84% of 4.6 million people across the EU called for an end to daylight savings, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions “believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen”.
The European Parliament said it is “crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime”. This would most likely mean Switzerland would also drop the practice, despite being outside the EU. In February 2017, Switzerland’s Federal Council said it would follow neighbouring countries if they made the change, according to 20 Minutes.
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