Wednesday, March 21, 2012

International Address Formats

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Some variations in international address formats are given below.  These lines would follow the addressee information (the recipient's name and any related items) are given below.  The recipient information would add at least one line to the address templates given below and may add up to four or five lines in the case of a business address.  Each of these formats is in current use in more than one country.
Within these formats, each country may have multiple address templates for different varieties of addresses.  For example, a post office box address can differ from a street address with the postal code changing position within the address block as it does in Panama.  One computer programmer for an organization with extensive overseas mailings estimates that there are more than 100 templates in the countries where that organization sends regular mail.
A very basic address is used by about 40 countries.
Address lines
Address lines
City
Country Name
Post office addresses are used exclusively in countries without building delivery.
P.O. box identifier City
Country Name


P.O. box identifier
Postal code
City
Country Name
P.O. box identifier
City  Postal code
Country Name

P.O. box identifier
Postal code  City
Country Name
Some variations have a postal code but no province.
Address lines
Address lines
City  Postal code
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
Postal code  City
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
City - Postal code
Country Name
Address lines
Address lines
City
Postal code
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
Postal code
City
Country Name
Some variations have a province but no postal code.
Address lines
Address lines
City
Province
Country Name
Address lines
Address lines
City, Province
Country Name
Some variations have both a postal code and a province.
Address lines
Address lines
Postal code  City, Province
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
Postal code-City Province
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
City
Province  Postal code
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
City - Postal code
Province
Country Name
Address lines
Address lines
City, Province  Postal code
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
City  Postal code, Province
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
Postal code City
Province
Country Name

Address lines
Address lines
City - Province
Postal code
Country Name
More details on the address formats for every country are given in WorldVu’s Guide to Worldwide Postal-Code and Address Formats


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