The Countries with the Most Time Zones

February 20, 2024

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When you wonder which countries have the most time zones, it’s likely you think about the largest countries in the world. After all, the bigger a country is, the more time zones it falls in, right? Well, yes, to a certain degree. But that’s not the only factor.

Some countries have a large number of time zones due to their size. Russia and the United States, for example, are two of the largest countries in the world by area. However, other countries, such as France and the UK, are much smaller but consist of several overseas territories.

Let’s take a look at which countries have the most time zones (including those in overseas territories).

France – 13 timezones

With 13 time zones (including its territory in Antarctica), France has the most time zones of any country in the world. Metropolitan France has a land area of only 551,695 km² but Overseas France includes islands in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Central European Time (CET) is Metropolitan France’s standard time, but Central European Summer Time (CEST) is used during Daylight Saving Time. Metropolitan France observes Daylight Saving Time, which is when clocks are advanced during the warmer months so that darkness falls later in the day. The clocks go forward on the last Sunday of March and go back again on the last Sunday of October.

Time zones

  • UTC – 10:00 – Society Islands
  • UTC−09:30 — Marquesas Islands
  • UTC−09:00 — Gambier Islands
  • UTC−08:00 — Clipperton Island
  • UTC−04:00 (AST) — Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin
  • UTC−03:00 (PMST)— French Guiana, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • UTC+01:00 (CET) — metropolitan France
  • UTC+03:00 — Mayotte, Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean
  • UTC+04:00 — Réunion, Crozet Islands
  • UTC+05:00 — Kerguelen Islands, Saint Paul, and Amsterdam Islands
  • UTC+10 – Adélie Land
  • UTC+11:00 — New Caledonia
  • UTC+12:00 — Wallis and Futuna

Russia – 11

Russia, the world’s largest country in terms of landmass, has the second most time zones. Most of the European section of Russia observes Moscow Time (UTC+03:00). However, unlike most of Europe, Russia hasn’t observed Daylight Saving Time since 2014.

Most of Russia’s 11 time zones are observed in different regions of mainland Russia. Kaliningrad Time is observed in Kaliningrad Oblast, a territory on the Baltic Sea surrounded by Poland and Lithuania.

Time zones

  • UTC+02:00 (Kaliningrad Time) — Kaliningrad Oblast
  • UTC+03:00 (Moscow Time) — Most of European Russia
  • UTC+04:00 (Samara Time) — Astrakhan Oblast, Samara Oblast, Saratov Oblast, Udmurtia, and Ulyanovsk Oblast
  • UTC+05:00 (Yekaterinburg Time) — Bashkortostan, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Khanty–Mansia, Kurgan Oblast, Orenburg Oblast, Perm Krai, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Tyumen Oblast, and Yamalia
  • UTC+06:00 (Omsk Time) — Omsk Oblast
  • UTC+07:00 (Krasnoyarsk Time) — Altai Krai, Altai Republic, Kemerovo Oblast, Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Novosibirsk Oblast, Tomsk Oblast, and Tuva
  • UTC+08:00 (Irkutsk Time) — Buryatia and Irkutsk Oblast
  • UTC+09:00 (Yakutsk Time) — Amur Oblast, western Sakha Republic, and Zabaykalsky Krai
  • UTC+10:00 (Vladivostok Time) — Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Primorsky Krai, and central Sakha Republic
  • UTC+11:00 (Magadan Time) — Magadan Oblast, eastern Sakha, and Sakhalin Oblast
  • UTC+12:00 (Kamchatka Time) — Chukotka and Kamchatka Krai

United States – 11

The United States also has 11 time zones. The country has an area of 9.8 million km², which means mainland US is spread over several time zones. Some of the 11 time zones also include overseas territories, such as Hawaii, Wake Island, and Puerto Rico.

Pacific Time, Mountain Time, Central Time, and Eastern Time are the only time zones observed on the mainland.

Time zones

  • UTC−12:00 (AoE) — Baker Island and Howland Island
  • UTC−11:00 (ST) — American Samoa, Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll and Palmyra Atoll
  • UTC−10:00 (HT) — Hawaii, most of the Aleutian Islands, and Johnston Atoll
  • UTC−09:00 (AKT) — most of the state of Alaska
  • UTC−08:00 (PT) — Pacific Time zone: the Pacific coast states, the Idaho Panhandle, and most of Nevada and Oregon
  • UTC−07:00 (MT) — Mountain Time zone: most of Idaho, part of Oregon, and the Mountain states plus western parts of some adjacent states
  • UTC−06:00 (CT) — Central Time zone: a large area spanning from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes
  • UTC−05:00 (ET) — Eastern Time zone: roughly a triangle covering all the states from the Great Lakes down to Florida and east to the Atlantic coast
  • UTC−04:00 (AST) — Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • UTC+10:00 (ChT) — Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
  • UTC+12:00 (WAKT) — Wake Island

Australia – 9

Mainland Australia has three time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST). However, the country officially has nine time zones when you consider the additional time zones of overseas territories.

During the summer (from the first Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April), most of mainland Australia observes Daylight Saving Time. However, Queensland, Western Australia, or the Northern Territory don’t use DST.

Time zones

  • UTC+05:00 — Heard and McDonald Islands
  • UTC+06:30 — Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • UTC+07:00 (CXT) — Christmas Island
  • UTC+08:00 (AWST) — Western Australia, Indian Pacific railway when traveling between Port Augusta, South Australia and Kalgoorlie, Western Australia)
  • UTC+08:45 (CWT) – South Australia (Border Village), Western Australia (Caiguna, Cocklebiddy, Eucla, Madura, Mundrabilla)
  • UTC+09:30 (ACST) — South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales (Yancowinna County)
  • UTC+10:00 (AEST) — Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania
  • UTC+10:30 — Lord Howe Island
  • UTC+11:00 (NFT) — Norfolk Island

United Kingdom – 9

The United Kingdom has an area of just 243,610 km² and falls in one time zone: the Western European Time Zone.

However, the UK currently has overseas territories – including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar – in eight different time zones. The UK’s mainland uses GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during the winter and BST (British Summer Time) from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. Five UK territories also use these time rules.

Time zones

  • UTC−08:00 — Pitcairn Islands
  • UTC−05:00 — Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • UTC−04:00 (AST) — Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat
  • UTC−03:00 (FKST) — Falkland Islands
  • UTC−02:00 — South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • UTC±00:00 (GMT in winter/BST in summer) — main territory of the United Kingdom, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey
  • UTC+01:00 (CET) — Gibraltar
  • UTC+02:00 (EET) — Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  • UTC+06:00 — British Indian Ocean Territory

Canada – 6

Canada, the world’s second-largest country by land area, has six time zones. Most of Canada’s mainland and territories use Daylight Saving Time from the first Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. Standard time is used for the rest of the year.

Quebec’s official time is based on coordinated universal time, while the other Canadian provinces use solar time.

Time zones

  • UTC−08:00 (PT) — larger western part of British Columbia, Tungsten and the associated Cantung Mine in Northwest Territories, Yukon
  • UTC−07:00 (MT) — Alberta, some eastern parts of British Columbia, most of Northwest Territories, Nunavut (west of 102°W and all communities in the Kitikmeot Region), Lloydminster, and the surrounding area in Saskatchewan
  • UTC−06:00 (CT)— Manitoba, Nunavut (between 85° West and 102°W except for western Southampton Island), Ontario (Northwestern Ontario west of 90°W with some exceptions and Big Trout Lake area east of 90°W), Saskatchewan except Lloydminster
  • UTC−05:00 (ET) — Nunavut east of 85°W and entire Southampton Island, Ontario east of 90°W (except Big Trout Lake area) plus several more western areas, Quebec (most of the province)
  • UTC−04:00 (AT) — Labrador (all but southeastern tip), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, eastern part of Quebec
  • UTC−03:30 (NT) — Labrador (southeastern), Newfoundland

Denmark – 5

The main territory of Denmark uses UTC+01:00 (CET) as standard time and UTC+02:00 Daylight Saving Time. Most of Greenland (including the inhabited areas on the south and west coasts) uses UTC−03:00.

In 2023, Denmark changed its standard time to standard time as UTC+1, effectively ending a law that had been in place since 1893. The law had previously linked Denmark’s time to the Earth’s rotation. However, as the rotation isn’t completely regular, it would regularly offset the time.

Time zones

  • UTC−04:00 — Pituffik Space Base in Greenland
  • UTC−03:00 — most of Greenland, including inhabited south coast and west coast
  • UTC−01:00 — Ittoqqortoormiit and the surrounding area in Greenland’s Tunu county
  • UTC±00:00 — Danmarkshavn weather station and surrounding area in Greenland’s Tunu county, Faroe Islands
  • UTC+01:00 (CET) — main territory of Denmark

New Zealand – 5

New Zealand has five time zones. The main territory uses UTC+12:00 standard time and UTC+13:00 from the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April. Meanwhile, the Chatham Islands use UTC+12:45 standard time and UTC+13:45 during Daylight Saving Time.

The dependent territory of Tokelau uses UTC+13:00 standard time and the Cook Islands use UTC−10:00.Niue uses UTC−11:00. None of these associated states or territories observe Daylight Saving Time.

Time zones

  • UTC−11:00 — Niue
  • UTC−10:00 — Cook Islands
  • UTC+12:00 — main territory of New Zealand
  • UTC+12:45 — Chatham Islands
  • UTC+13:00 — Tokelau

Countries with more than one time zone

CountryNumber of Time Zones
United States11
United Kingdom9
New Zealand5
Democratic Republic of the Congo2
Papua New Guinea2
South Africa2
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