What country was the first to have its own official phone number?
Curious about Sweden? Instead of finding your answer online, now you can just pick up the phone and dial up the country instead. In 2016, Sweden became the first country to have its own official phone number (+46 771 793 336), part of a clever marketing campaign from the Swedish Tourist Association. The hotline works by connecting callers outside of Swedish to random phone numbers of Swedish citizens who agreed to sign up as ambassadors for the program.
The idea is to help tourists and others who want to learn about Sweden get a more authentic idea of the country along with insights and local tips from real conversations with local residents. If you decide to give it a try, impress whoever answers by saying “Hallå!” or “Hej!” — that’s “hello” in Swedish.
Answer: The correct answer is Sweden