The National Laboratories of many European countries provide time information in a standardised format, an ITU-R Recommendation (ITU-R TF583.4). Information is provided over a dial-up modem, with one 78-char segment every second. A description of the time code is available at

The following countries have traditionally provided this service: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Note that the service is usually available from outside the country as well, as long as you are willing to make a long-distance phone call.

Some examples are:

1. Additional Information