Emergency Telephone Contacts By CountryThere are a number of three digit emergency phone numbers which are frequently used throughout the world. These numbers put you through to a switchboard operator and then your call is routed according to whether you need fire services, medical help or the police. It is worth noting that these numbers can be different on landlines to mobile phones. For instance the emergency services number in New Zealand is 111 but if you have an urgent, non-emergency need to speak to the traffic police you can dial 555 from a mobile only. Some countries also have three separate numbers. In Guatemala it is 110 for police, 120 for medical and 123 for fire.

Emergency Telephone Numbers By Country (Alphabetical)

Australia
OOO
Argentina
101
Austria
112
Algeria
17
France
112
Brazil
190
Belgium
112
Bulgaria
112
Ukraine
112
China
110
Portugal
112
Canada
911
Cuba
116
Chile 
133
Czech Republic 
112
Croatia
112
Denmark 
112
Japan
110
Egypt
122
Estonia
112
El Salvador
911
Finland 
112
Georgia
 
Ghana
191
Germany
112
Greece
112
Gibraltar
112
Hungary
112
Hong Kong 
999
Norway
112
India
100
Iceland
112
Israel
100
Ireland
112
Italy
112
Jordan 
191/192
Jamaica
119
Kenya
999
Lithuania
112
Luxembourg
112
Mexico
911/066
Malta
112
Malaysia
999
Netherlands
112
New Zealand
111
Poland
112
Romania
112
Russia
112
Serbia
112
Slovakia
112
Switzerland
112
Slovenia
112
South Africa
10111
Saudi Arabia
999
Singapore 
999
Spain
112
Sweden
112
Thailand
191
Turkey
112
United States
911
UK
999
UAE
999

The number 999 is used in the United Kingdom, The United Arab Emirates (alternatively they call 112), Bangladesh, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Zambia and many more nations.

112 is also a very popular code and it is used in most European countries such as Cyprus, Denmark, France and Italy. 112 can also be called from Russia, Columbia and Lebanon. In Australia the number is 000 and in the United States of America and Canada they dial 911. America has a useful redirect service where if you dial 112 on a mobile phone it gets re-routed to 911.

Most mobile phones have the numbers 999, 911 and 112 already plugged into them on speed dial so it might be worth familiarizing yourself with this.

Three digit numbers are used for emergencies so that they can be easily remembered and quickly dialled. Before you plan your trip you may also want to look up the relevant embassy details for your country and have their contacts in case of emergency. If you want a number for a local automobile association you can take this too, though Rhino does provide breakdown assistance to our customers.

Comments

Mark
Both 999 and 112 can be used in the UK.
4/6/2011 1:24:19 AM
 
  Abby
Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this topic. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him. So I should thank you for the free lunch I got.
12/8/2010 1:36:35 PM
 

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