112 – the single EU emergency number
112 is the European emergency number you can dial free of charge from fixed and mobile phones everywhere in the EU. It will get you straight through to the emergency services – police, ambulance, fire brigade.
National emergency numbers are still in use too, alongside 112. But 112 is the only number you can use to access the emergency services in all EU countries.
112 is also used in some countries outside the EU – such as Switzerland and South Africa.
112 in Greece
112 is one of the emergency numbers in Greece. The average time to answer a 112 call is 9 seconds. In addition to Greek, the calls are answered in English and French.
According to the latest E-communications household and telecom single market survey, 13% of Greeks know they can use 112 everywhere in the EU.
The European emergency number 112 is not the only emergency number in Greece:
- 100 – police
- 199 – fire brigade
- 166 – emergency medical service
- 108 – coast guard
- 197 – emergency social assistance
Other single EU lines
116 000 – Missing children
The 116000 number is the European helpline to report missing children. The hotline offers guidance and support to parents or relatives of a missing child and can back the efforts of the authorities during investigations.
116 111 – Child helplines
The number 116 111 is specifically for children who seek assistance and need someone to talk to. The service helps children in need of care and protection and links them to the appropriate services and resources; it provides children with an opportunity to express their concerns and talk about issues directly affecting them.
116 123 – Emotional support helpline
116 123 is a phone number for people suffering from loneliness or who are in a state of psychological crisis or thinking about committing suicide.