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Timezones Fusos horarios

facts about Brazil and the language

Brazil has 4 different time zones. The "world's rarest" hour (full hour time zone) is Greenwich mean time (GMT) -2 hours. On that time zone are only Fernando de Noronha's Islands on the coast of Brazil. There are only 2000 inhabitants.

Southern Brazil uses daylight savings, shifting the clock one hour forwards during the summer (summer in southern hemisphere). Northern Brazil doesn't use daylight savings, so for example during the summer the northern coast is GMT -3 hours, and southern coast of Brazil is GMT -2 because of daylight savings.

So... if you are on the northern hemisphere and your country uses daylight savings during the summer (summer on northern hemisphere), you will notice that the time difference between your country and Brazil changes several times per year, because of:

  • daylight savings on in your country
  • no daylight savings on in your country, nor Brazil
  • no daylight savings on in your country, daylight savings on in Brazil

For example the time difference between local time in Finland and local time in southern states of Brazil can be 4, 5 or 6 hours depending on the time of year.

"Summertime" starts 11th of October in Southern Brazil (at least the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná). In Europe daylight savings end 25th of October.


Latest update: 1999-03-07 (YYYY-MM-DD)
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