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Did *you* celebrate 112 Day?

It was yesterday and apparently the Finns did.

As most of us will be unaware, "Since December 2008, EU citizens can contact emergency services from anywhere in the European Union by dialing 112, the EU-wide emergency number, free of charge from both fixed and mobile phones". Source

Not an entirely bad thing, although clearly there are issues with language barriers. Maltese folk with a grasp of the less popular languages will doubtless have jobs for life, should they fancy sitting at a phone bank in Sofia, Riga or wherever doing some very serious thumb twiddling.

Anyway, "In Finland 112 day is celebrated annually on 11 February". They do know how to have a good time in Helsinki, don't they?

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Blogger Blue Eyes said... 12:54 pm

It has been possible to use 112 in the UK for years! I wonder who the slowcoach(es) was/were? I have often wondered about the language problem. I mean there wouldn't be much point in me phoning 112 in Greece...

I was very impressed when I was last in Paris (circa 1997) - the directory enquiries operator spoke English!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:02 pm

Sacré bleu....

I feel quite shamed when I note that the Paris metro has multilingual signs where the Tube does not.  



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