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European Emergency Number

phonebooothHopefully you will never have to use this information, but if you ever need it you will be glad you have it. Something most travelers are unaware of is the number 112. It is the European equivalent of 911, and is now operational in all 27 EU member states.

While there are individual emergency numbers for each country, 112 was introduced so that European citizens would only have to remember one number. It’s been almost 20 years since the number was first introduced but unfortunately it is widely unknown, even by European citizens.

You may ask yourself, what can I do about this? The answer is simple: spread the word! Tell everyone you know who even has interest in Europe, email your European friends, and post on message boards. It’s a basic service that everyone should have access to in the event of an emergency.

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