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The timezone VET in Venezuela

Timezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". In Venezuela exists only a single tonezone at UTC-4. E.g. Los Angeles is currently at UTC-7 in Pacific Time, so the time difference between LA and Venezuela is 3 hours.

Venezuela has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.


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Only 1 nationwide time zone

UTC-4
Standard time:Venezuelan Standard Time (VET)
Daylight saving time:none


Venezuela has an east-west extension of 11.4 degrees of longitude. Given the country's location in South America, this corresponds to about 1300 kilometers. With this still relatively small extension, the course of the sun is only slightly different at different positions in the country. The position of the sun in the west of the country differs from that in the east by only about 46 minutes. This means the sun rises and sets 46 minutes later in the west than in the east.
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No daylight saving time in Venezuela

Due to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).

Due to its proximity to the equator, the impact in Venezuela would not be particularly large. Caracas is located just 1,150 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 06:06 to 18:52, but from 07:06 to 19:52. The effect would be quite noticeable in the evening, but the sun rising later in the morning falls at a time when many people are already awake. Thus, daylight saving time was never introduced in Venezuela.
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