No more summertime: Armenia abolished the long standing time zone changes

No more summertime: Armenia abolished the long standing time zone changes

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After having “summer” and “winter” changing of the clocks for 14 years, a legislative initiative has been approved in Armenia, under which starting this year there will be no time changes in Armenia.


Armenia will be at GMT +3 and CET+2 time zones, being three hours ahead of Europe – eight hours ahead of the U.S. east coast.

Khachatur Gasparyan and Karine Atchemyan


Until now each autumn, on the last Sunday of October putting the clocks one hour backward Armenia passed to winter time zone; and in spring, on the last Sunday of March, putting the clocks one hour forward Armenia passed to summer time zone.

“Now we return to our natural time zone. There used to be problems connected with electricity, there were some economic problems, and putting the clock one hour forward we saved electricity,” said MP Karine Atchemyan, the author of the initiative, at a press conference Wednesday.

Last year Russia changed its time zone, which was followed by discussions over this issue in Armenia causing assumptions that Armenia will copy Russia’s initiative.

Currently, there is a tendency in a number of countries of the region to return to the natural time zone, which has already been done by Georgia long before.

According to Atchemyan, this also settles the time problems connected with flights, which used to appear in autumn and spring during time zone changes.

“The weather changes in spring and autumn caused stress among people, therefore they had some psychological and health problems with adapting to the time zone change. The return to the natural time zone will improve people’s vital activity and will prevent them from ending up in stress,” says psychologist Khachatur Gasparyan.