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Chile to Switch Back to Standard Time


The Chilean Ministry of Energy announced that after a year on Daylight Saving Time (DST), Chile will switch between standard and daylight time throughout the year.

Chile will switch to standard time for three months from May 14 to August 13, 2016.

At that time, all of mainland Chile will update their clocks to match Chile Standard Time (CLT) with a new offset of 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Neighboring Easter Island (Rapa Nui) will also change their clocks at the same time.

The Pacific Island, which is a territory of Chile, will be 5 hours behind UTC instead of 4.

The major city in Chile that will be affected by this change includes the capital Santiago.

Why are They Making This Change?

In January 2015, the Chilenean Ministry of Energy announced that the country would remain on Daylight Saving Time permanently from then on. However, they decided to revoke this decision, citing an increase in school dropouts because of the change.

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