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United Kingdom (UK)

England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland

Facts and current time

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (usually shortened to United Kingdom or UK ) is a country situated off the north-western coast of continental Europe. It is surrounded by the North Sea, the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The UK is composed of four constituent parts: three constituent countries England , Scotland and Wales on the island of Great Britain and the province of Northern Ireland on the island of Ireland.

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland forms the United Kingdom's principal international land border.  There is also a frontier with France at the Channel Tunnel with the French border control being on the English side of the English Channel ( La Manche )!

The UK has several overseas territories throughout the world, relationships with several Crown dependencies and Commonwealth realms.

UK Time Zone and Daylight Saving

The UK is in the Western European Time Zone. It abides by European Union Daylight (Summer) Saving Time rules.

UK Standard Time is GMT.

During the summer, Daylight Saving Time rules are in effect. UK clocks are then adjusted to British Summer Time (BST). BST is GMT+1.

Current daylight saving dates for Europe

European clocks are now on:

STANDARD TIME

  • Standard Time began: Sunday 27 October 2019  01:00 GMT. Clocks went back one hour.
  • Standard Time ends: Sunday 29 March 2020  01:00 GMT. Clocks go forward one hour.

UK and Europe Clock Change Rules


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