Question: I am calling a country with country with country code “0033” – I do not recognize this number – what country is it? The phone number I was given is “0033 1 51 66 xx xx.”
Answer: The number you are trying to call looks like France. The phone number is likely in Paris.
“00” is an international exit code (the number used to access the international switchboard) for most European countries. If ’00’ is dialed from a country that does not use that as its exit code (the U.S. and Canada use ‘011’, Australia uses ‘0011’, Japan uses ‘010’, many countries of the former U.S.S.R use ‘8’ – wait for the dial tone – ’10’), the call will not work.
“33” is the country code for France. It is the number that is dialed to reach France from the international switchboard.
The remainder of the number appears to be the format for a French phone number. The ‘1’ signifies the area code for Paris within the French numbering system. The remainder of the phone number is separated into eight numbers (two blocks of four digits).
See our “how to call France” page for details on how to call France from anywhere in the world.