Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia is a popular tourist destination. Picture: Max Howell

An emergency call to Turku Emergency Response Center sent an ambulance to the Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

On Saturday, a Finn traveling in Australia needed an ambulance, so the Finn called to a friend in Turku, southwestern Finland.

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The friend in Finland called the Finnish emergency number, 112.

According to Marko Nieminen, director of ERC Services at Hätäkeskuslaitos, it’s not extremely rare that an emergency call is received in another country. This could happen when one doesn’t know the emergency number of their holiday destination.


In this case, the Turku Emergency Response Center sent a help request to the British and Australian emergency authorities and so the Finn was able to get help from the ambulance.

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