What number do I call in case of an emergency?

There are some differences beetween the countries in Europe, but the most common number is 112. It works from every phone, and even from a locked cell phone. The table below shows the direct number to each emergency service. In case that you don’t know which emergency service is requiered, call 112 and talk to the operator.

Country Police Fire Ambulance
Albania 129 128 127
Andorra 110 118 116
Austria 133 122 144
Belarus 102 101 103
Belgium 101 100 100
Bosnia & Herzegovina 122 123 124
Bulgaria 112 112 112
Croatia 192 193 194
Cyprus 112/199 112/199 112/199
Czech Republic 158 150 155
Denmark 112 112 112
Estonia 112 112 112
Faroe Islands 112 112 112
Finland 112 112 112
Germany 112 112 112
Gibraltar 199 190 190
Greece 100 199 166
Hungary 107 105 104
Iceland 112 112 112
Ireland 112/999 112/999 112/999
Italy 113 115 118
Kosovo 192 193 194
Latvia 110 112 113
Lithuania 112 112 112
Liechtenstein 117 118 144
Luxembourg 113 112 112
Republic of Macedonia 192 193 194
Malta 112 112 112
Moldova 902 901 903
Monaco 112 112 112
Montenegro 112 123 124
Netherlands 112 112 112
Northern Cyprus 155 199 112
Norway 112 110 113
Poland 997 998 999
Portugal 112 112 112
Romania 112 112 112
Russia 102 101 103
San Marino 113 115 118
Serbia 192 193 194
Slovakia 158 150 155
Slovenia 113 112 112
Spain 112 112 112
Sweden 112 112 112
Switzerland 117 118 144
Transnistria 102 101 103
Ukraine 102 101 103
United Kingdom 112/999 112/999 112/999
Vatican City 113 115 118

Can I use my credit card in Europe?

The use of credit cards is widespread in Europe but may differ from country to country. The use of credit cards and other payment methods is more common in Western Europe. Countries like Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany might be an exception.

Denmark has its long tradition to only accept the pre-paid “Dan-card”, but its getting better. VISA is now accepted in a majority of the stores in Denmark.

In the Netherlands and Germany, cash is still king and the preferred payment method. Payment by credit card is accepted generally in global stores like McDonald’s and H&M. If you want to buy an ice cream or a hot dog, forget about it if you don’t have cash in your pockets.

Sweden is the number one country when it comes to the use of payment cards. More than 90 percent of buys are paid with cards. Some stores, don’t even accept cash longer and have signs that tells “no cash is handled”.

Also, parking och filling up your car at the gas station requires a card.

In Eastern Europe is cash payment totally dominating. Since decades of communism, people have a low trust in banks and want to “see” their funds. People in common does not prefer that you pay with a card. It’s accepted almost everywhere but is considered a little bit difficult.

If you plan to visit several countries in Europe at one time, I would recommend a steady sum of Euros, and a credit card with possibilities to withdraw at the airports. The Euros you could use for exchange to local currencies. If you can’t exchange, Euros is also a popular second currency due to the stable exchange rate.

One last thing. It is most simple to just bring your card and then withdraw Euros at an ATM. Check fee’s with your bank before departure.