Ubuntu – How to set Monday as the first day of the week in GNOME Calendar applet


What is the recommended way to change the first day of the week to Monday (instead of Sunday, as in the screenshot below)?

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I couldn't find anything related in Clock Preferences, nor in System -> Preferences, or System -> Administration.

This probably has something to do with tweaking locales, so here's (possibly relevant) output from locale:


NB: I want to keep English as the UI language both in GNOME and on command line. Dates are currently displayed like this (e.g. ls -l): 2010-10-06 15:32, and I also want to keep that as it is.

Best Answer

Here's another solution, also from Ubuntu Forums. I think this is somewhat cleaner and more robust: it doesn't involve customizing Ubuntu's locale files (only settings that you're supposed to edit).

Gnome calendar applet adheres to your locale settings. In Ubuntu, you can assign locale components by editing the file /etc/default/locale. Here is what I've got there:


Which means: I want software messages in American, but time, paper size and units in British i.e.weeks starting with Mondays, A4, metric.

Props to artm who posted that!

Of course, LC_TIME="en_GB.UTF-8" is the relevant setting to get weeks to start on Mondays.

You need to log out and back in for the change to take effect.