Telephone numbers in Norway
Telephone numbers in Norway have the country code "+47" and up to the first 2 digits of the phone number will indicate its geographic area. Emergency services are 3 digits long and start with the number "1". Mobile numbers vary in length, either 8 digits or 12 digits.
|Regulator||Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority|
|NSN length||5 (special fixed)|
8 (mobile & fixed)
12 (mobile M2M traffic)
|Typical format||0xxxx (special fixed)|
xx xx xx xx (fixed)
xxx xx xxx (mobile)
xx xx xx xx xx xx (mobile M2M traffic)
|Numbering plan||The Norwegian phone number plan|
|Last updated||04 May 2022|
|Country calling code||+47|
|International call prefix||00|
Historical numbering plan pre-1992
Before 1992, telephone numbers would consist of a 2 or 3-digit area code, and a 5 or 6-digit subscriber number. Example: (067) 85 000 and (04) 66 00 00.
In that year, a closed telephone numbering plan was adopted, with eight-digit telephone numbers incorporating the area code and full number dialling for local and national calls. Service numbers were to be three digits long, Directory numbers four digits and some companies were allocated five-digit numbers, ex. 07575. GSM telephony was introduced in 1993, and those numbers always start with the digits '4' or '9'.
Historically, the local operator would take emergency calls and forward them to the police, fire or local doctor. In 1964, the emergency number 000 was introduced. In 1985, a modernized emergency service was started at Haukeland hospital in Bergen for Hordaland. In 1986, the emergency numbers changed to 001 for fire brigade, 002 for police and 003 for ambulance. These numbers changed to 110, 112 and 113 in 1994, when the international access code changed from 095 to 00.
Landline numbers (as of 2020)
Geographic numbers were abolished in January 2020. Landline will be shut down in 2023 by Telenor. Caller IDs will no longer say the region, but rather say "Norway" or leave blank instead. These numbers are today used by VOIP services.
- 2x xx xx xx - 3x xx xx xx
- 50 xx xx xx - 57 xx xx xx
- 6x xx xx xx - 7x xx xx xx
- 8xx xx xxx: Non-geographical numbers (toll-free, voicemail, premium-numbers, television shows, etc.)
- 0xxxx: Non-geographical numbers (land-line rate). Common with e.g. taxi companies and commercial services. Dialled from outside Norway as +47 0xxxx
- xxxx: Used in SMS, mostly used for campaigns and bot messages. You can't reply back in most of these numbers. They also cost money to send. They are very often cheap if in Norway, sometimes free.
- 9xx xx xxx (Sometimes formatted as 9x xx xx xx)
- 40991: Mobile numbers (older)
- 4xx xx xxx: Mobile numbers (newer). (Sometimes formatted as 4x xx xx xx)
- 58 xx xx xx xx xx: Mobile numbers (M2M traffic)
- 59 xx xx xx: Mobile numbers (newer, M2M traffic)
- 110: Fire brigade
- 112: Police
- 113: Ambulance
- 00: International prefix, plus (+) is more common today
- 01: Reserved for future changes
- 02xxx to 09xxx: 5-digit non-geographical numbers (these numbers are mostly equivalent to 815 non-geographical numbers, and can be acquired by any company or organization given availability and a fee of between NOK 3,300 and NOK 125,000 per year)
- 100-189: Standardized special numbers (emergency numbers, road and public transport information, etc.)
- 19x: Operator-specific special numbers
- 1850 to 1899: Directory services
- 116xxx: Harmonised services of social value
- Nummerplan: E.164, www.nkom.no. Retrieved 07 January 2021.
- Ansatte, jan.mayen.no. Retrieved 25 January 2017.