Current week number todayUpdated on by Michael Mühl
Current week number today, 19 September 2020
Monday, 14 September 2020 – Sunday, 20 September 2020
The week number
The week number is often used to coordinate appointments or deadlines. The calendar year is divided into sequentially numbered calendar weeks. The year begins at the beginning of January with the first calendar week, continues through the current calendar week and ends at the end of December with week number 52 or 53.
But with which weekday does a week begin? When exactly does the first calendar week begin and what is the number of the current week? How does it look at the end of the year? We will clarify these and other questions for you below.
With which weekday does the week begin?
The official calendar week starts on Monday, as we are used to in terms of working week and school weeks. It ends with Sunday.
When does the first week of the year begin?
This question is somewhat more difficult to answer: In the official calendar week system, the first Thursday of the year must be in the first calendar week. This means that the first week of the year must contain at least four days of the new year and therefore a maximum of three days of the first week can be in the old year.
If January 1st is a Wednesday, the first calendar week starts on Monday, December 30th. This 1st week then contains two days of the old year (Monday and Tuesday) and five days of the new year (Wednesday to Sunday).
However, if January 1 is Friday, the first calendar week does not start until Monday, January 4. The previous week would have contained only three days of the new year (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Unlike in some other countries, the 1st week does not necessarily start exactly on January 1st, but usually a few days earlier last year. However, this ensures that each calendar week, i.e. from the first to the current calendar week to the last calendar week, always consists of seven days.
How is the current week number determined?
The current week number is obtained by counting the number of weeks from the first Monday of the first calendar week to the Monday of the current week. The week number today is then identified by the consecutive number and can also be defined by the date of the beginning and end of the week.
Are week numbers internationally regulated?
Yes, week numbers are internationally standardized by ISO 8601. The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) thus provides an international recommendation for the calendar week system, which is generally used especially in Europe and Asia.
Are there other methods for determining the current week number?
Yes, the numbering of the current calendar week is always based on the definition of the first week number, but this can be done differently:
While with the ISO standard the week always begins on Mondays, in North America, most Latin American countries, Australia as well as in Japan, Israel and South Korea it begins on Sundays. In the Arab world, the week begins on Saturday.
While the first week of the ISO standard is partly in the old as well as in the new year, in many other countries the first week - independent of the day of the week - starts exactly on January 1st. This is more intuitive than with the ISO standard, but then the first and last week of the year usually consists of less than seven days.
This can lead to misunderstandings in the case of international appointments, which is why a more precise specification of the current week number based on the current date is advisable in such cases.
Determine current week number with the week number calculator
With the week number calculator you can calculate the respective week not only for the actual week but also for any other date and vice versa determine the respective calendar week using a date.
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Last update on September 19, 2020
The pages of the "Week Numbers" category were last editorially reviewed by Michael Mühl on September 19, 2020. They all correspond to the current status.
Previous changes on June 25, 2020
- Publication of the Week Number Calculator
- Creation of the texts for the corresponding pages
- Editorial revision of all texts in this category