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Here's me in gnome-terminal, using telnet.

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As it says "Escape character is '^]'

I've no idea which keys to hit, CTRL ] , CTRL Å , CTRL ^ does nothing.

This is the keyboard layout of Norwegian keyboards - which keys do I hit to get to the telnet escape prompt ?

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Given your keyboard layout, <kbd>Ctrl</kbd><kbd>AltGr</kbd><kbd>9</kbd> should work, doesn't it? – January Sep 12 '12 at 2:41
That's CTRL ] , so yes it should. It doesn't. CTRL AltGr 9 Enter does work in Fedora and RHEL though – nos Sep 12 '12 at 7:08

You can set up the escape character you want by passing the option -e " your escapechar"

-e escapechar -Sets the escape character to escapechar. If no character is supplied, no escape character will be used. Entering the escape character while connected causes telnet to drop to command mode.

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As mentioned CTRL Å doesn't work (upper case nor lower case) – nos Sep 12 '12 at 0:11
What LnxSlck just wrote means that you can start telnet with an option specifying just any kind of escape character. – January Sep 12 '12 at 2:43

Gnome Terminal does not pass the escape sequence to the telnet session. The only way is setting a different escape char when starting telnet, or using a different terminal emulation other than the gnome terminal.

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This is not good answer. Provide proof links please. Also explain how to set different escape character. – c0rp Apr 7 '14 at 10:03

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