What Countries Use 220 Volt Electrical Outlets?

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Knowing what the electric outlet voltage is before traveling to another country can be important. While some devices can handle changes in voltage of a small percentage, larger differences can lead to electrical equipment purchased in another country being damaged. While the EU –230V– and North America — 120V — are fairly standardized, many countries in the world use 220V electrical outlets.

  1. Europe

    • Countries in Europe that have 220V electrical outlets include the Balkan states of Bosnia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia. Additionally, the former Soviet states of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Lithuania, Georgia and Latvia have 220V electrical outlets, as well as the Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Albania, Greece, Iceland and Greenland.

    Asia Pacific

      • The former members of the USSR Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have 220V electrical outlets. Other Asian countries that use the same outlets include the Philippines, East Timor, South Korea and Vietnam. Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China including Hong Kong also use the same system. On the Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh and Pakistan both use the 220V power outlets.

    Central and South America

    • In South America Brazil has 220V electrical outlets with the exception of the states of Bahia, Paraná (including Curitiba), Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Argentina uses the outlets as well as Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru. In Central America, Belize has the same power system.

    Africa

    • In Africa, 220V electrical outlets are used as well. In West Africa, Benin, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Niger, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and French Guinea use the outlets. In central Africa, Chad, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo have the same voltage, while in southern Africa, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, the island of Madagascar and Zimbabwe use 220V power outlets. Countries that use the system on the Horn of Africa include Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, while in the north Egypt also has the outlets.

    Middle East

    • In the Mideast, 220V electrical outlets are used in Israel, Syria the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Lebanon

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