Safety in Europe

While I don’t think Europe is any different in terms of security than the US, it is important to know what to do in case something happens.

What is the equivalent to 911 in the United States?

The emergency number is 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. This number will give you to an operator, who then, depending on the situation, will connect you to the right emergency line. Cell phones also have the ability to call an emergency number even if you don’t have service/don’t have enough money on your SIM card.

Other things you should know is what the uniform of the police look like. This is something you will have to look up for each country.

Also be aware of the laws because you will be fined/arrested if you break the law.. You can never use the ‘I’m not from this country, I didn’t know’ excuse. In Poland, my friend I got fined because we didn’t know the laws. We thought we had bought a student metro ticket, but apparently it was only for students in Poland.

Don’t let this happen to you.


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