Question: I am calling a country with country with country code “0020” – I do not recognize this number – what country is it? The phone number I was given is “0020 2 2577xxxx.”
Answer: 0020 is the country code for Egypt. The phone number is likely in Cairo.
“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.
“20” is the country code for Egypt. It is the number that is dialed to reach Egypt from the international switchboard.
The remainder of the number appears to be the format for an Egyptian phone number. The leading ‘2’ signifies the area code for a landline in the Cairo metropolitan area. The remainder of the phone number is separated into eight numbers (two blocks of four digits).
See our “how to call Egypt” page for details on how to call Egypt from anywhere in the world.