Telephone numbers in Lithuania

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Telephone numbers in Lithuania
Location
CountryLithuania
ContinentEurope
NSN length8
Format(8x) xxx xxxx
(8xx) xx xxxx
(8xxx) xxxxx
Access codes
Country code+370
International access00
Long-distance8

Lithuania uses an open telephone numbering plan with all phone numbers having nine digits, including the prefix "8", a 1–3 digit area code, and a 5–7 digit subscriber telephone number. The current plan was introduced in stages in 2001–2003, replacing Soviet-legacy area codes and altering some subscriber numbers.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

Lithuania uses a total of 47 area codes for landline phones, all beginning with 3, 4 or 5. Within same area code, landlines can be dialed without the prefix and the area code.[3]

Area codes for mobile numbers begin with 6, corporate or state institution numbers with 7, toll-free, reverse-charge and shared-cost numbers with 8, and premium-rate numbers with 9.[3]

Network services numbers begin with "1", dialed without a prefix. This includes numbers beginning with "11", reserved for emergency and special services, such as:

Prefixes[edit]

Lithuania uses area code prefix "8", inherited from Soviet times and not changed during the 2002 changeover.[3]

It intends to change the prefix to "0", as used in many European countries.[3] The "0" prefix was not available due to delays rolling out the national emergency line 112, which kept Soviet-legacy emergency numbers 01, 02 and 03 in place until 1 April 2022.[4] In January 2023, Lithuanian authorities announced that the area code prefix would change in December 2025, pending a consultation.[5] The next month, Lithuanian authorities further announced that a permissive dialing period would begin in March 2024, and that beginning March 2025, the use of area code prefix "0" will become mandatory, with an information message being given to those who continue to dial in the old format through December.[6]

International dialling prefix "00" replaced Soviet-era 8~10 in 2003.

Lithuania uses +370 country calling code since 1993, replacing area code in Soviet-numbering space +7 012.

National area codes (with prefix)[edit]

Locality Code Locality Code
Akmenė 8425 Panevėžys 845
Alytus 8315 Pasvalys 8451
Anykščiai 8381 Plungė 8448
Birštonas 8319 Prienai 8319
Biržai 8450 Radviliškis 8422
Druskininkai 8313 Raseiniai 8428
Elektrėnai 8528 Rokiškis 8458
Ignalina 8386 Skuodas 8440
Jonava 8349 Šakiai 8345
Joniškis 8426 Šalčininkai 8380
Jurbarkas 8447 Šiauliai 841
Kaišiadorys 8346 Šilalė 8449
Kaunas 837 Šilutė 8441
Kelmė 8427 Širvintos 8382
Kėdainiai 8347 Švenčionys 8387
Klaipėda 846 Tauragė 8446
Kretinga 8445 Telšiai 8444
Kupiškis 8459 Trakai 8528
Lazdijai 8318 Ukmergė 8340
Marijampolė 8343 Utena 8389
Mažeikiai 8443 Varėna 8310
Molėtai 8383 Vilkaviškis 8342
Neringa 8469 Vilnius 85
Pakruojis 8421 Visaginas 8386
Palanga 8460 Zarasai 8385

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryšių Reguliavimo Tarnybos Prie Lietuvos Respublikos Vyriausybės Direktorius". e-seimas.lrs.lt (in Lithuanian). Vilnius. August 1, 2001. Archived from the original on May 2, 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Keičiami tarpmiestinio ryšio kodai ir Vilniaus abonentų telefono numeriai". DELFI (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  3. ^ a b c d "Numeracijos planas 2020-05-28" ["Numbering Plan, 2020-05-28 edition"].
  4. ^ ""Government Act 2019-04-10"".
  5. ^ "Ilgai laukti pokyčiai priartėjo: telefono numeriuose vietoje 8 rašysime 0" [A long-awaited change approaches: telephone numbers use "0" instead of "8"]. lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). 2023-01-18. Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  6. ^ "Būtina žinoti: svarbiausi etapai, kaip 8 numerių priekyje virs 0" [Need to know: the key steps to changing the prefix from "8" to "0"]. lrt.lt (in Lithuanian). 2023-02-28. Retrieved 2023-03-26.