How to call Sweden (country code +46)

Calling to Sweden

Sweden’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0046 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by Sweden’s country code of ’46’).
  • Country code 01146 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by Sweden’s country code of ’46’).

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.

Swedish mobile phone numbers begin with 070, 072, 073, 076, or 079 (the leading ‘0’ is dropped when calling from abroad).

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 Sweden are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

There are no designated VoIP exchanges in Sweden.

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

Sweden does 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 Sweden (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a long distance trunk prefix for dialing to a different area code. When calling to a different area code, include ‘0’ and the area code in the call sequence.

Local calling

When calling within the same area code, only dial the local five to eight digit subscriber number.

five to eight digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (to a different area code or a mobile)

When calling to a different area code, include the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code in the call sequence.

0one to three digitsfive to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codethirdtwo
* *include the leading '0' when calling within Sweden

Swedish phone numbers explained

Number details

Swedish numbers are 7 to 9 digits (not including the leading ‘0’).

There are some premium numbers that are 10 digits (which are called by the public), as well as some routing and telematic service numbers that can be as long as 12 or 13 digits (which are not typically dialed by the public).

The first digit of the area code is a “National Destination Code” (NDC) – a geographic code for a specific region of the country.

Stockholm (the capital) is represented by a leading ‘8’, and is the only 1 digit area code. All other area codes are two to three digits (with the first digit representing the NDC).

Mobile numbers start with 070, 072, 073, 076, or 079 (the leading ‘0’ is dropped when calling from abroad).

An example of an Swedish phone number

The Nobel Museum lists its phone number in Stockholm as +46 8 534 818 00.

Phone number explanation
468534 818 00
Swedish country codearea code for the greater Stockholm arealocal phone number within Stockholm
Local example – calling from another location in Stockholm

Only the local phone number is dialed when calling another location in the same area code. Do not include the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

534 818 00
local phone number within Stockholm
Long distance example – calling from Gothenburg, Sweden (on the other side of the country)

When calling from a different area code (or a mobile), include the trunk prefix ‘0’ as well as the destination area code in the call.

08534 818 00
trunk prefix '0' and area code '8' for Stockholmlocal phone number within Stockholm
International example – calling from outside Sweden

When calling from outside Sweden, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Sweden’s country code of ’46’, followed by Stockholm’s area code ‘f 8’ (the leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code468534 818 00
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Swedenarea code '8' for Stockholmlocal phone number within Stockholm

Special numbers

Toll Free (Freephone):

Toll-free numbers are 6 to 9 digits beginning with ’20’.

When dialed from within Sweden, these phone numbers do not incur service charges when called.

’20’ numbers are not availabe from outside of Sweden, however can be reached by replacing ’20’ in the call sequence with ‘771’. The call will not be toll-free in this instance, however the call should connect.

Premium Rate

Premium rate numbers are 7 to 10 digits beginning with(II)The Swedish numbering plan for telephony accordning to ITU-T Recommendation E.164 retrieved January 6, 2016:

900 Information Services
939 Other Services
944 Games, Lotteries, etc.

When dialed from within Sweden, this numbers incur an additional charge to the person calling.Premium rate numbers may not be available from outside Sweden.

Phone Books

eniro.seYellow Pages (Swedish)
eniro.seWhite Pages (Swedish)

Calling from Sweden

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

Administrative and regulatory

Sources and more resources

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