112 is the New 911

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Hey fellow Amsterdammers, expats, visitors/tourists, or whatever you may be. It’s obvious that the locals are aware of this, but just a little tidbit of helpful information in case you might need it whether you are visiting, living here and are just not in the know, or have fallen down the stairs and can’t move your spine.

Anyway, being an expat from the states, it blew my mind when I found out that 911 was not a universal (emergency, help me I am going to die, this person is going to smash my skull with a hammer, I’m running from someone with a blade, there is someone in my house and I am hiding in the closet, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up) number. In the Netherlands, you in fact dial 112 to resolve your emergencies, whatever they may be.

In any case, I would have been shit out of luck if I were in a situation where I needed the “Politie” hotline. “We’re sorry. The number you have reached…” Ugh, like I haven’t heard that one before.

So… in the words of Biggie Smalls… “If you don’t know, now you know.”

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