The EU Parliament called for a 'thorough assessment' of the bi-annual time change.
The EU Parliament called for a 'thorough assessment' of the bi-annual time change. Credit: Marcus Ericsson / TT and Alexandra Wey / AP

Time to stop changing the clocks?

5:22 min

The European Parliament called for a "thorough assessment" of the time change that happens two times a year, and Sweden's government has said it's open to revising the system.

Twice a year, Swedes change their clocks, jumping ahead one hour in March and going back one hour in October.

Those same changes happen throughout the European Union, as well, thanks to the 2001 Summer Time Directive, which keeps the more than two dozen member states synchronized.

But why do we have this system and should Europe keep it? Radio Sweden finds out how people in Stockholm feel about it - there's a lot of disagreement. And a sleep expert explains what change, if any, would make sense for our bodies.

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