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Bulgaria Turns Clocks Back to Winter Time on October 30.

At 4 am Sunday, October 30, Bulgaria will turn the clocks back one hour to winter daylight savings time until the last Sunday in March, 2012.

The information was reported Friday by the Bulgarian National Metrology Center,.

As result the sunrise and the sunsets will come earlier. Currently, the sun rises around 7:30-7:40 am and goes down around 5 pm. Starting Sunday the sunrise will be between 6:30-6:40 am and the sunset around 4 pm.

The winter and summer daylight savings time were introduced in Bulgaria in 1979 while they were introduced for the first time ever in 1908 in Great Britain to optimize the daylight hours.

Since 1981 European Community (EC) Directives have prescribed the start and end dates of summer time in member states. These are set as the last Sundays in March and October respectively.

The main idea behind this switch is to preserve energy bu using natural light longer. Yet, the implementation of Daylight Saving Time has been fraught with controversy ever since Benjamin Franklin first conceived of the idea. Even today, regions and countries routinely change their approaches to Daylight Saving Time.

This year, Russia gave up on daylight savings time with President Dmitri Medvedev citing scientific studies showing the change leads to stress, ailments and depression.
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Publication:Sofia News Agency
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Date:Oct 28, 2011
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