With the change of weather on the horizon—it will happen next week—it is a good time to remember that, for more than 80 years, our country has carried a ‘fault’ that conditions us every day about customs, manners, and countless other things. everyday aspects.
This error is nothing but the time, and that is that Spain, unlike what is correct, has a time zone that does not correspond to the geographical area it occupies because, to adapt to the time of the center of Europe, our country is governed by the same schedule as them, if it should not be that way.
This decision conditions everything we do, with special importance in energy consumption because, at certain times of the year, the use of artificial light increases because we do not take advantage of the natural light.
In fact, in 2018, the Council of Ministers decided to create a commission of experts with the aim of conducting a study that will shed light on whether or not it is convenient to change our time zone or whether to change the date when it is. changed the season, which ultimately remains as before: in March and October until 2026.
Where does this error come from?
To explain what happened in Spain in the last eight decades, we need to go back to the exact year of 1940, during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in our country. And that year, to the ‘pleasure’ of Nazi Germany, with Hitler at the helm, the Spanish leader decided to establish the central European era in Spain, that is, the Berlin era.
This is a mistake because the position of Spain, based on the Greenwich meridian, should correspond to the time zones of the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Ireland, something that is not true anywhere in the national territory except one: the Islands. Islands, so we can be sure that the reason why our country has an incorrect schedule is the origin of politics.
In the case of other European countries that also decided to change their time zone, such as the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, or Italy, when the Second World War ended, they returned to the time zone that corresponded to them, unlike Spain and France, which are the only exceptions.
Although there are no official documents confirming this information, many historians have concluded that Franco made this change to improve his relationship with the German dictator.