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Postal code

A postal code is a series of letters and numbers appended to an postal address[?] for the purpose of sorting mail. Every nation has a different format and placement for the postal code.

Here are some postal code formats:

Key: Ns are numbers. Ls are letters.

Australia
known as the post code: NNNN. In general, the first digit gives the state. (2 = NSW & ACT, 3 = Vic, 4 = Qld, 5 = SA, 6 = WA, 7 = Tas, 0 = NT.)
Austria
NNNN (the first digit denotes one of the nine provinces -- called Bundeslšnder -- , the last the nearest post office in the area)
Belgium
NNNN (in general, the first digit gives the province)
Brazil
NNNNN-NNN
Canada
LNL NLN (the first letter is for a region - province, part of a province, or large city)
France
NNNNN, the first two digits give the departement number
Germany
NNNNN since 1993. Before that date, it were only 4 digits.
Japan
NNN-NNNN
Mexico
NNNNN
Netherlands
NNNN LL
Poland
NN-NNN
Switzerland
NNNN
UK
known as the postcode: LN NLL, LLN NLL, LNN NLL, or LLNN NLL but other variants are also used. In general the first letter(s) indicate the town, or area, or part of London. See London postal districts for more.
USA
known as the zip code: NNNNN-NNNN (although for most personal mail, only the first five numbers are used). The first three digits represent a postal zone (for example, 100NN, 101NN and 102NN represent Manhattan in New York, New York). The next two digits represent the post office. The final four digits represent the delivery point within the 5-digit zipcode.

See Also Universal Postal Union.



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