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Spain to consider switch to GMT

Sun 28th Feb 2016
Spain to consider switch to GMT

Spain is reportedly considering switching to Greenwich Mean Time, bringing them into the same time zone as the UK.

The change could form part of Spain's long-running negotiations to form a new government.

The Spanish election in December left no clear winner and none of the parties have been yet able to come together to form a coalition to govern the country.

However, this week the leader of the party named Ciudadanos agreed to support the Socialists with a number of conditions, with one such condition being that Spain switches to GMT.

Spain has the same longitude as the UK, but changed to the same time as Central Europe in 1942 as a move by General Franco to tie in with Nazi Germany.

Since then many in the country have complained about the time zone they are in, saying it left them out of step with the natural sun rise and set and that it has left the country in a permanent state of semi jet lag. Similarly, the difference affects the working day.

A report in 2013 recommended that the country move to GMT, and now that this is supported by Ciudadanos it looks like this change may finally take place.

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Comment on this Story

 
Spain to consider switch to GMT ? Yes, why not ?
Remi Acien - Mon, 12th Dec 2016
Great news for the Canaries - being on the same Timezone as the Mainland.
Robster - Mon, 29th Feb 2016
Does this mean that they will adopt a dual GMT / British Summertime situation, or still be out of sync with the UK for half of the year anyway ?
Ray Tingle - Sun, 28th Feb 2016