Telephone numbers in North Korea

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North Korea telephone numbers
Country North Korea
Continent Asia
Access codes
Country calling code +850
International call prefix 00 or 99
Trunk prefix 0

Telephone numbers in North Korea are regulated by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.


Area codes

This is the official list as registered with ITU-T in 2011.

List of allocations in 2011 [1]
Area codeLength of customer numberCityProvince
2 11PyongyangPyongyang
2 12PyongyangPyongyang
2 183 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 3814 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 7714 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 7724 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 88013 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 88113 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 88213 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 88313 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
2 88513 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
1957 digitsPyongyangPyongyang
316 digitsPyongsongSouth Phyongan
396 digits Nampo Nampo
416 digits Sariwon North Hwanghae
43 Songnim
456 digits Haeju South Hwanghae
496 digits Kaesong North Hwanghae
536 digits Hamhung South Hamgyong
576 digits Wonsan Kangwon
616 digits Sinuiju North Phyongan
676 digits Kanggye Jagang
736 digits Chongjin North Hamgyong
796 digits Hyesan Ryanggang
82 Rajin Kwanbuk
85 294 digits Rason Rason
86 Sonbong

Mobile networks

Number lengths

LocationArea codeSubscriber numberNSN length
Pyongyang (capital city)2 digits (02)7 digits8 digits
Rason Economic Special Zone 3 digits (085)6 digits8 digits
Mobiles4 digits (019X)7 digits10 digits

Little is known about phone numbers in the rest of the country, as phone numbers outside Pyongyang and Rason are not able to be dialled from overseas and are hence not advertised in any overseas publications.

International dialing

Overseas callers to North Korea will usually need to go through the international operator service on +850 2 18111. A select few numbers (mostly fax numbers) are able to be dialled directly, without operator assistance.

Phone numbers in Pyongyang which can call internationally and which can receive calls internationally always begin with 381 in the local number, e.g. +850 2 381 xxxx. [2] These numbers cannot be dialled domestically and cannot make calls domestically, so usually an organisation with international connectivity will have a 381 international number and a 382 domestic number. For example, the British Embassy in Pyongyang can be dialled as +850 2 381 7980 internationally and 02 382 7980 domestically. [3] 381 numbers can, however, call other 381 numbers domestically. [2]

Many North Koreans smuggle in mobile phones from China and use them near the border where they can take advantage of Chinese mobile networks that work there. The North Korean government has cracked down on illegal phones by deploying surveillance and jamming devices. [4]

Many lines in the Rason Special Economic Zone can also be direct-dialled from outside the country, as many foreign companies (mostly Chinese and Russian) are active in the region.

Calls between North Korea and South Korea are barred, [5] except to/from Kaesong Industrial Region.

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