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37 How can I phone to Europe?




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This article is from the Europe FAQ, by Yves Bellefeuille yan@storm.ca with help from Martin Rich M.G.Rich@city.ac.uk.

37 How can I phone to Europe?

To phone abroad, you need to dial four components: (i) the code to "dial
out" of the country you're in; (ii) the code to "dial into" the country
you're phoning; (iii) the area code of the city you want to phone;
(iv) the phone number you want to phone.

(i) Code to "dial out": For the USA and Canada, the code to "dial out"
is usually 011. For Australia, use 0011, and for Japan, use 001. If this
doesn't work, see the phone book or ask the operator.

(ii) Code to "dial into": A list of codes to "dial into" many European
countries follows. If the country you want to phone isn't listed,
see the phone book or ask the operator.

(iii) Area code: It's often necessary to modify the area code when
dialling from another country. Usually you have to omit the initial "0",
if any. See the list below for more information.

(iv) Phone number: Simply dial the subscriber's phone number.

Example: You're in the USA and want to dial to Germany, in Berlin, the
number (030) 12 34 56 78.

The code to dial out of the USA is 011. The code to dial into Germany is
49. The area code for Berlin is 030, but you have to omit the initial
"0". Therefore, you should dial: 011-49-30-12 34 56 78.

The usual method to write a number for someone who'll be phoning from
another country is as follows: "+49 30 12 34 56 78". This means: dial
the code to phone out of the country you're in, and then dial what's
indicated.

Note that, in this case, the initial "0" in the area code has been
omitted, since you don't dial it if you're phoning internationally. If
you're phoning from Germany itself, remember to put it back in, if
appropriate.

Country            To "dial out"   To "dial into"  Area code
 
Albania            00              355
Andorra            0               33628           Does not exist
Austria            00              43              Omit initial "0"
Belgium            00              32              Omit initial "0"
Bosnia-Herzegovina 00              387
Bulgaria           00              359             Omit initial "0"
Croatia            00              385             Omit initial "0"
Czech Republic     00              420             Omit initial "0"
Denmark            00              45
Estonia            00              372             Dial entire code
Finland            00              358             Omit initial "0"
France             00              33              Omit initial "0"
Germany            00              49              Omit initial "0"
Greece             00              30              Dial entire code
Hungary            00              36
Iceland            00              354
Ireland            00              353             Omit initial "0"
Italy              00              39              Dial entire code
Latvia             00              371
Lithuania          810             370             Omit initial "0"
Luxembourg         00              352             Does not exist
Macedonia (FYROM)  99              389
Malta              00              356             Does not exist
Netherlands        00              31              Omit initial "0"
Norway             00              47              Dial entire code
Poland             0 <tone> 0      48          Omit initial "0", if any.
                                               Ignore the word "prefix",
                                               if indicated.
Portugal           00              351
Rumania            00              40              Omit initial "0"
Russia             8 <tone> 10     7               Dial entire code
Slovakia           00              421             Omit initial "0"
Slovenia           00              386             Omit initial "0"
Spain              00              34              Dial entire code
Sweden             00              46              Omit initial "0"
Switzerland        00              41              Omit initial "0"
Turkey             00              90              Omit initial "0"
Ukraine            810             38 (or 380?)    Dial entire code
United Kingdom     00              44              Omit initial "0"
Yugoslavia         99              381             Omit initial "0"

* Best ways to phone from Europe: calling card from telephone company
in one's own country, prepaid card from company in one's own country,
telephone card from country being visited, call-back service, etc.
Cheapest choice probably varies considerably by country.

 

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