Telephone numbers in the European Union
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Country calling codes
|State||Country calling code||National number length||Dialing plan*||International Call Prefix|
|Austria||43||4 to 13||Open||00|
|Belgium||32||8 (mobile 9)||Closed with 0||00|
|Bulgaria||359||7 to 9||Open||00|
|Croatia||385||8 or 9 (some mobile)||Open||00|
|Estonia||372||7 (fixed or mobile), 8 (mobile)||Closed||00|
|Finland||358||5 to 12||Open||00|
|France||33||9||Closed with 0||00|
|Germany||49||4 to 12||Open||00|
|Hungary||36||6 (generally) 7 (Budapest, mobile) or 8-9 (some mobile)||Open||00|
|Ireland||353||7 to 9 digits; 10 digits (mobile voicemail)||Open||00|
|Italy||39||8 to 11||Closed||00|
|Luxembourg||352||6 to 9 (mobile always 9)||Closed||00|
|Romania||40||9||Closed with 0||00|
|Sweden||46||6 to 9||Open||00|
|United Kingdom||44||9 or 10 digits (geographic); 7, 9 or 10 (non-geographic)||Open||00|
Harmonised service numbers
The following service numbers are harmonised across the European Union:
Single numbering plan (1996 proposal)
Proposed Country Code: 3
In 1996, the European Commission proposed the introduction of a single telephone numbering plan, in which all European Union member states would use the code '3'. Calls between member states would no longer require the use of the international access code '00'. Instead the digit 1 was proposed for these calls, replaced by +3 for call from outside the EU. Each country would have a two-digit country code after the 1 or the +3. Calls inside each country would not be affected.
Option 3 : Creation, in addition to providing numbers for special services, of a clear European numbering identity (three digit numbering codes) by using the number "3" to proceed current national country codes (e.g. "333" for France or "344" for the UK). This would liberate up to 50 new country codes within Europe and allow the current codes starting with number "4" to be recycled within the world-wide numbering plan. 
This proposal would have required states like Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark and others, whose country codes began with the digit '4', to return these to the International Telecommunication Union.
This would create four different ways of calling someone. For example, to call a number in Berlin, in Germany:
xxxx xxxx (within Berlin) 030 xxxx xxxx (within Germany) 1 49 30 xxxx xxxx (within the EU) +3 49 30 xxxx xxxx (outside the EU) +49 30 xxxx xxxx (current system)
93x xxxxxx (within Spain) 1 34 93x xxxxxx (within the EU) +3 34 93x xxxxxx (outside the EU) +34 93x xxxxxx (current system)
States like Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Finland, which used codes in the '35x' range, would adopt a different format. For example, to call a number in Dublin, Ireland:
xxxx xxxx (within Dublin) 01 xxxx xxxx (within Ireland) 1 53 1 xxxx xxxx (within the EU) +3 53 1 xxxx xxxx (outside the EU) +353 1 xxxx xxxx (current system)
A Green Paper on the proposal was published, but it was felt by many in the industry that the disruption and inconvenience of such a scheme would outweigh any advantages.
A disadvantage would have been that every local number beginning with "1" would have had to be changed (except emergency number which would be kept).
The EU proposal should not be confused with the European Telephony Numbering Space (ETNS) scheme, which uses the country code +388, and was intended to complement, rather than replace, existing national numbering plans.
- Telephone numbers in Europe
- Telephone numbering plan
- List of country calling codes
- List of international call prefixes
- Category:Telephone numbers by country