How to call the Netherlands (country code +31)

Calling to the Netherlands

The Netherland’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0031 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by the Netherlands country code of ’31’).
  • Country code 01131 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by the Netherland’s country code of ’31’).

When calling to a mis-labelled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers occupy most area codes starting with ‘6’.

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

VoIP phone numbers based in the Netherlands are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

VoIP phone numbers in the Netherlands occupy area code ‘091’ (’91’ when called from outside the country).

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

The Netherlands do not have a country-speicifc satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within the Netherlands (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk number used when calling to a different area code or a mobile phone in the Netherlands.

Local calling

To call to a phone number in the same area code, only the six or seven digit phone number is dialed.

six or seven digits
local phone number

Long distance calling

To call to a phone number in a different area code or a mobile phone, include the trunk prefix ‘0’ as well as the area code in the call.

0two or three digitssix or seven digits
long distance trunk code prefixarea codelocal phone number

Dutch phone numbers explained

Number details

Dutch numbers are nine digits. The first two to three digits are the area code.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes starting with 6. They are dialed the same way as all other numbers in the Netherlands.

An example of a Dutch phone number

The Van Gogh Museum lists its phone number in Amsterdam as +31 (0)20 570 52 00.

Number explanation
3120570 52 00
country code for Netherlandsgeographic (area) code for Amsterdamlocal phone number within Amsterdam
Local example – calling from another location in Amsterdam

To call within the same area code, only dial the local phone number. Do not include the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

570 52 00
local phone number in Amsterdam
Long distance example – calling from Groningen, Netherlands (on the other side of the country)

To call to a different area code, include the trunk prefix ‘0’ as well as the area code in the call.

020570 52 00
long distance trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Amsterdamlocal phone number in Amsterdam
International example – calling from outside the Netherlands

Dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Netherlands’ country code of ’31’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

exit code3120570 52 00
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for the Netherlandsgeographic (area) code for Amsterdamlocal phone number in Amsterdam

Calling from the Netherlands

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from the Netherlands.

Administrative and regulatory

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