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The Change of New Year's Day

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At various times in history the year has started on a number of different dates (more information). The years in which countries first started the year on 1st January are listed below.

  Country/Region Year when 1st January
became New Year's day
  Belgium 1556
  Denmark 1559
  England & Wales 1752
  France 1564
  Germany (catholic & protestant) 1544
  Italy various
  Lorraine 1579
  Netherlands (catholic) 1556
  Netherlands (protestant) 1583
  Portugal 1556
  Prussia 1559
  Russia 1700
  Scotland 1600
  Spain 1556
  Sweden 1559
  Tuscany 1721


last edited 1-Dec-2003