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Electricity Around the World

 

The table below is a reference of the electrical systems in use in most countries of the world. The appliances we carry that are advertized as 220V by the manufacturer are in fact compatible with a wide range of voltages. For example, 220V Omega juicers are actually rated for 230V at 50 Hz.

The voltages listed here are the "nominal" figures reported to be in use at most sites in the country or area named. Most electrical power systems are prone to slight variations in voltage due to demand and other factors. Many former 220V countries have converted or are in the process of converting to the EU standard of 230V. Generally, this difference is inconsequential, as most appliances are built to tolerate current above or below the rated voltage. However, severe variations in current can damage electrical equipment.

The electric power frequency is shown in the number of Hertz (cycles per second). Even if voltages are similar, a 60 Hertz appliance may not function properly on 50 Hertz current. All systems described here use alternating current (AC). The plug types listed indicate all types known to be in use in that country. Not all areas of a country may use all types of plugs listed for that country, since there may be regional differences based on the power system in a certain area.

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Afghanistan  220V  50 Hz  * A variety of plugs is used around the country. In Kabul, Types C and F are common. Type D may also be found in parts of Afghanistan. There are voltage variances from 160V to 280V. 
Albania  220V  50 Hz  * Voltage may vary in Albania. 
Algeria  230V  50 Hz  * A Type C variant may be found. It has a ground post offset about ½-inch from center. 
American Samoa  120V  60 Hz   
Andorra  230V  50 Hz   
Angola  220V  50 Hz   
Anguilla  110V  60 Hz   
Antarctica  220V  50 Hz   
Antigua and Barbuda  230V  60 Hz  * In the airport area, the voltage is 110V. 
Argentina  220V  50 Hz  * The neutral and active wires are reversed from what is used in Australia and other countries. This reversal is also found in Uruguay. 
Armenia  220V  50 Hz   
Aruba  127V  60 Hz  * Around Lago Colony, the voltage is 115V. 
Australia  240V  50 Hz  * Australian outlets are typically controlled by an adjacent switch. 
Austria  230V  50 Hz  * Type C plugs or outlets may also be found, but they are rare. 
Azerbaijan  220V  50 Hz   
Bahamas  120V  60 Hz   
Bahrain  230V  50 Hz  * In Awali, the voltage is 110V, frequency 60 Hz. 
Bangladesh  220V  50 Hz   
Barbados  115V  50 Hz   
Belarus  220V  50 Hz   
Belgium  230V  50 Hz  * Type C receptacles are prohibited in Belgium, but a C-style plug can be used with E and F receptacles. All double-insulated appliances are fitted with a C plug and may be used in compatible receptacles C, E, F, and narrow L. 
Belize  110V / 220V  60 Hz   
Benin  220V  50 Hz   
Bermuda  120V  60 Hz   
Bhutan  230V  50 Hz  * Type M plugs may also be found. 
Bolivia  220V / 230V  50 Hz  * In La Paz and Viacha, voltage is 115V. 
Bosnia and Herzegovina  220V  50 Hz   
Botswana  231 V  50 Hz  * Type G is also rarely found. 
Brazil  110V / 220V  60 Hz  * Outlets are often a combination of Type A and C, and can accept either plug. In the states of Bahia, Parana (including Curitiba), Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, voltage found may be 127V, though 220V is probably found in hotels. Fortaleza has 240V. 
British Indian Ocean Territory  230V  50 Hz   
British Virgin Islands  220V  50 Hz   
Brunei  240V  50 Hz   
Bulgaria  230V  50 Hz  * Outlets are generally Type F, but both Type C and F plugs may be found. 
Burkina Faso  220V  50 Hz   
Burma (Myanmar)  230V  50 Hz  * Type G is primarily found in the better hotels. Some major hotel chains offer multipurpose outlets, which accept Australian 3-pin plugs and other types. 
Burundi  220V  50 Hz   
Cambodia  230V  50 Hz  * Some outlets in Cambodia are a combination of Type A and C, and can accept either type of plug. In some hotels, Type G may be found. 
Cameroon  220V  50 Hz   
Canada  120V  60 Hz   
Cape Verde  220V  50 Hz   
Cayman Islands  120V  60 Hz   
Central African Republic  220V  50 Hz   
Chad  220V  50 Hz   
Chile  220V  50 Hz   
China  220V  50 Hz  * The official plug of China is similar to Type A, but is slightly shorter and without holes in the blades. Type A and I outlets are common, and Type G may also be found. 
Christmas Island  240V  40 Hz   
Cocos (Keeling) Islands  240V  50 Hz   
Colombia  110V  60 Hz   
Comoros  220V  50 Hz   
Cook Islands  240V  50 Hz   
Costa Rica  120V  60 Hz   
Croatia  230V  50 Hz   
Cuba  110V / 220V  60 Hz  * Some outlets are a combination of Type A and C and can accept either type of plug. Most older hotels have a voltage of 110, but newer ones have 220V. 
Cyprus  240V  50 Hz   
Czech Republic  230V  50 Hz   
Democratic Republic of the Congo  220V  50 Hz   
Denmark  230V  50 Hz  * Type C plugs fit into Type K receptacles, but the opposite is not true. Denmark’s connectors have standard pin diameter and spacing, but its outlets may have different housing depths which may interfere with standard adaptors. 
Djibouti  220V  50 Hz   
Dominica  230V  50 Hz   
Dominican Republic  110V  60 Hz  * In some hotels, Type J may be found. 
Ecuador  120V / 127V  60 Hz   
Egypt  220V  50 Hz   
El Salvador  115V  60 Hz   
Equatorial Guinea  220V  50 Hz  * Voltage may vary anywhere between 150V and 175V. Outages are frequent. 
Eritrea  230V  50 Hz   
Estonia  230V  50 Hz  * In older buildings, Type C may be found. Type E plugs work in both Type C and Type F outlets. 
Ethiopia  220V  50 Hz   
Falkland Islands  240V  50 Hz   
Faroe Islands  220V  50 Hz   
Fiji  240V  50 Hz   
Finland  230V  50 Hz   
France  230V  50 Hz  * Type C outlets may be found in older buildings, as well as Type A (though Type A is illegal). Type C plugs are found on some appliances, and will fit Type E outlets. 
French Polynesia  110V / 220V  60 Hz  * All electrical outlets in French Polynesia are protected by ground fail circuit interruptors (GFCI). 
Gabon  220V  50 Hz   
Gambia  230V  50 Hz   
Gaza Strip  230V  50 Hz   
Georgia  220V  50 Hz   
Germany  230V  50 Hz   
Ghana  230V  50 Hz   
Gibraltar  240V  50 Hz   
Greece  220V  50 Hz   
Greenland  220V  50 Hz   
Grenada  230V  50 Hz   
Guam  110V / 220V  60 Hz   
Guatemala  120V  60 Hz   
Guinea  220V  50 Hz   
Guinea-Bissau  220V  50 Hz   
Guyana  240V  60 Hz  * Actual voltage may vary from area to area. In the capital of Georgetown, both 120V and 240V at either 50 or 60 Hz may be found, depending on the area of the city. 50 Hz is the more common. 
Haiti  110V  60 Hz   
Holy See (Vatican City)  127V  50 Hz   
Honduras  110V  60 Hz   
Hong Kong  220V  50 Hz  * Type M has been replaced by Type G, but may sometimes still be found. 
Hungary  230V  50 Hz   
Iceland  230V  50 Hz   
India  230V  50 Hz  * A variety of electrical plugs are found throughout India, so an all-around adaptor plug set is recommended. Type D is most common. Some hotels have desks and workstations which accept a variety of plug types. But no matter what type of plug, voltage in India is 230V 50 Hz. 
Indonesia  220V / 230V  50 Hz  * Indonesia recently converted to 220V/230V. Type G is still seen, but is not commen. Converters from Type G to Type E are available in most local hardwarde stores. 
Iran  230V  50 Hz   
Iraq  230V  50 Hz   
Ireland  230V  50 Hz  * Type D was once common in Ireland, and may still be occasionally found. 
Isle of Man  240V  50 Hz   
Israel  230V  50 Hz   
Italy  230V  50 Hz  * Type L plugs and outlets may have different pin size and spacing than standard. The smaller, closer pins are for a 10 A current; the bigger, wider are for 16 A. Both kinds are in use in Italy and comply to the relevant Italian regulations. Some outlets have overlapping holes in order to accept older and newer types of Type L plug. 
Ivory Coast  220V  50 Hz   
Jamaica  110V  50 Hz   
Japan  100V  50 Hz / 60 Hz  * Voltage varies based on area of the country. In the east (Tokyo, Kawasaki, Sapporo, Yokohama, Sendai), 50 Hz is found. In the west (Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Hiroshima), 60 Hz is found. 
Jersey  230V  50 Hz   
Jordan  230V  50 Hz  * In some hotels, Type C may be found. 
Kazakhstan  220V  50 Hz   
Kenya  240V  50 Hz   
Kiribati  240V  50 Hz   
Kosovo  230V  50 Hz   
Kuwait  240V  50 Hz  * Type D is used primarily for 15 A service. Type G is used primarily for 13 A service. 
Kyrgyzstan  220V  50 Hz   
Laos  230V  50 Hz   
Latvia  220V  50 Hz   
Lebanon  110V / 220V  50 Hz   
Lesotho  220V  50 Hz   
Liberia  120V  60 Hz   
Libya  127V  50 Hz  * In Barce, Benghazi, Derna, Sebha, and Tobruk, 230V is found. 
Liechtenstein  230V  50 Hz   
Lithuania  220V  50 Hz   
Luxembourg  220V  50 Hz   
Macau  220V  50 Hz   
Macedonia  220V  50 Hz   
Madagascar  220V  50 Hz   
Malawi  230V  50 Hz   
Malaysia  240V  50 Hz   
Maldives  230V  50 Hz   
Mali  220V  50 Hz   
Malta  240V  50 Hz   
Marshall Islands  110V / 220V  60 Hz   
Mauritania  220V  50 Hz   
Mauritius  230V  50 Hz   
Mayotte  220V / 240V  50 Hz   
Mexico  127V  60 Hz   
Micronesia  120V  60 Hz   
Moldova  220V  50 Hz   
Monaco  127V / 220V  50 Hz   
Mongolia  220V  50 Hz   
Montenegro  220V  50 Hz   
Montserrat  230V  60 Hz   
Morocco  127V / 220V  50 Hz  * Conversion to 220V is underway. 
Mozambique  220V  50 Hz  * Type M is especially found near the border with South Africa, including the capital city Maputo. 
Namibia  220V  50 Hz   
Nauru  240V  50 Hz   
Nepal  230V  50 Hz   
Netherlands  230V  50 Hz   
Netherlands Antilles  127V / 220V  50 Hz  * In St. Martin, 120V 60 Hz is found. In Saba and St. Eustatius, 110V 60 Hz is found, with Type A and possibly B found. 
New Caledonia  220V  50 Hz   
New Zealand  230V  50 Hz   
Nicaragua  120V  60 Hz   
Niger  220V  50 Hz   
Nigeria  240V  50 Hz   
Niue  230V  50 Hz   
Norfolk Island  240V  50 Hz   
North Korea  220V  50 Hz   
Northern Mariana Islands  115V  60 Hz   
Norway  230V  50 Hz   
Oman  240V  50 Hz  * Voltage variations are common throughout Oman. 
Pakistan  220V  50 Hz   
Palau  110V / 220V  60 Hz   
Panama  110V  60 Hz  * In Panama City, the voltage is 120V. 
Papua New Guinea  240V  50 Hz   
Paraguay  220V  50 Hz   
Peru  220V  60 Hz  * In Talara, voltage is either 110 or 220V. In Arequipa, the frequency is 50 Hz. 
Philippines  220V  60 Hz  * Type A is the most commonly found. A variation of Type B with horizontal prongs is also used (usually used for AC units), as well as a special outlet that allows use of most plugs 
Pitcairn Islands  240V  50 Hz   
Poland  230V  50 Hz   
Portugal  230V  50 Hz   
Puerto Rico  120V  60 Hz   
Qatar  240V  50 Hz   
Republic of the Congo  230V  50 Hz   
Romania  230V  50 Hz   
Russia  220V  50 Hz  * In new constructions, Type F is commonly found. Older structures have Type C. 
Rwanda  230V  50 Hz   
Saint Barthelemy  220V  50 Hz   
Saint Helena  230V  50 Hz   
Saint Kitts and Nevis  230V  60 Hz   
Saint Lucia  240V  50 Hz   
Saint Martin  110V / 220V  60 Hz   
Saint Pierre and Miquelon  220V  50 Hz   
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  230V  50 Hz   
Samoa  230V  50 Hz   
San Marino  220V  50 Hz   
Sao Tome and Principe  220V  50 Hz   
Saudi Arabia  127V / 220V  60 Hz   
Senegal  230V  50 Hz   
Serbia  220V  50 Hz   
Seychelles  240V  50 Hz   
Sierra Leone  230V  50 Hz   
Singapore  230V  50 Hz  * Type A adaptors are widely available, usually as an extension set of 2 to 5 sets of sockets most commonly used for audio/video equipment. 
Slovakia  230V  50 Hz   
Slovenia  220V  50 Hz   
Solomon Islands  240V  50 Hz   
Somalia  220V  50 Hz  * In Berbera, voltage is 230V. In Merca, it is 110/220V. 
South Africa  220V / 230V  50 Hz  * Types C and G may still be found in some areas. In Grahamstad, Port Elizabeth, and King Williams, voltage is 250V. 
South Korea  220V  60 Hz  * In offices and hotels, Type F is most likely found. 110V power with Type A and B plugs was previously used, but is being phased out and likely only found in older buildings. Some hotels offer both 110V and 220V service. 
Spain  230V  50 Hz  * In Barcelona’s Barrio Gothic, voltage is 120V 60 Hz using Types C and F plugs. Step-up transformers are required to use typical European devices. 
Sri Lanka  230V  50 Hz   
Sudan  230V  50 Hz   
Suriname  127V  60 Hz   
Svalbard  220V  50 Hz   
Swaziland  230V  50 Hz   
Sweden  230V  50 Hz   
Switzerland  230V  50 Hz  * Type C plugs are often found on appliances, and will fit Type J outlets. 
Syria  220V  50 Hz   
Taiwan  110V  60 Hz   
Tajikistan  220V  50 Hz   
Tanzania  230V  50 Hz   
Thailand  220V  50 Hz  * Some outlets are a combination of Types A and C, and will accept either plug. 
Timor-Leste  127V / 230V  50 Hz   
Togo  220V  50 Hz  * In Lome, the voltage is 127V. 
Tokelau  230V  50 Hz   
Tonga  240V  50 Hz   
Trinidad and Tobago  115V  60 Hz   
Tunisia  230V  50 Hz   
Turkey  230V  50 Hz   
Turkmenistan  220V  50 Hz   
Turks and Caicos Islands  110V  60 Hz   
Tuvalu  220V  50 Hz   
Uganda  240V  50 Hz   
Ukraine  220V  50 Hz   
United Arab Emirates  220V  50 Hz   
United Kingdom  230V  50 Hz  * Outlets are typically controlled by an adjacent switch. Though nominal voltage has been officially changed to 230V, 240V is within tolerances and still commonly found. 
United States  120V  60 Hz  * Type A and Type B plugs are used for 120 Volts. Type A has been phased out, but rarely seen. Type B plugs are in all new buildings and houses since the 1970's. 
Uruguay  220V  50 Hz  * Because of increased computer use, Type F is becoming more common. Like in Argentina, Type I neutral and active wires are reversed from that used in Australia and elsewhere. 
US Virgin Islands  115V  60 Hz   
Uzbekistan  220V  50 Hz   
Vanuatu  230V  50 Hz  * Some Type G installations may linger from the British Colonial period, but are rare. 
Venezuela  120V  60 Hz   
Vietnam  127V / 220V  50 Hz  * Standardization to 220V is underway. In newer hotels, Type G is found, especially those built by Singaporean and Hong Kong developers. 
Wallis and Futuna  220V  50 Hz   
West Bank  220V  50 Hz   
Western Sahara  127V / 220V  50 Hz   
Yemen  220V / 230V  50 Hz   
Zambia  230V  50 Hz   
Zimbabwe  220V  50 Hz