Friday, May 25, 2012

It's 110 for the Police

The Cast of Polizeiruf
In the United States when you have an emergency you dial 911. In Britain, it's 999. But in Germany, there are two emergency numbers. For a medical emergency, you dial 112, and for the Police, 110.

It's easy for me to remember the Police number since one of my favorite TV shows is Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110). Polizeiruf 110 was East Germany's answer to West Germany's extremely popular detective/crime show, Tatort. Both shows have been on the air continuously for over 40 years! That's longer than The SimpsonsPolizeiruf 110 takes place in a variety of German cities while Tatort has episodes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. If you're interested, watch an episode on your computer. Many German TV shows are streamed. 

No comments: