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Mains Plugs in Europe

Disclaimer: This document provides guidance and is not a legally binding interpretation and shall therefore not be relied upon as legal advice.

Mains plugs commonly used in Europe. National deviations remain applicable.

Type F"Schuko"

CEE 7/4


Used in the majority of Europe: Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and others. Type F plugs (also known as a Schuko) are rated 16 A.


Type E 

CEE 7/6

Type E


Used in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Poland and Slovakia.
Type E plugs are rated 16 amps.
Note: France also has other mains plugs that shall comply with NF C 61-314.

Type E and F "Hybrid"

CEE 7/7

E F Hybrid


The CEE 7/7 plugs fit type E and F sockets and have grounding contacts for both types.

Type C "Europlug"

CEE 7/16

Type C


Used in Europe, with the exception of the UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta.
For Class II appliances, rated up to 2,5 A.
This is the only plug that is based on an European standard: EN 50075.

"Contour" plug

CEE 7/17

Contour plug

The CEE 7/17 “Contour” plug can be used for Class II appliances, rated up to 16 A.

Type G United Kingdom

Type G

Used in: UK, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta. Type G plugs have an incorporated fuse (usually 3 or 13 A).

Type J - Switzerland

Type J

Used in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Type J plugs are rated 10 A.

Type K - Denmark

Type K

Used in Denmark and Greenland. Type K plugs are rated 16 A.

Type L - Italy

Type L

Used in: Italy.
Two variants exist: 10 A and 16 A.


Source: IEC world plugs


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