Postal code

Post office sign in Farrer, Australian Capital Territory showing postcode 2607

A postal code (also known locally in various English-speaking countries throughout the world as a postcode, post code, Eircode, PIN Code or ZIP Code) is a series of letters or digits or both, sometimes including spaces or punctuation, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail.

In February 2005, 117 of the 190 member countries of the Universal Postal Union had postal code systems.

Although postal codes are usually assigned to geographical areas, special codes are sometimes assigned to individual addresses or to institutions that receive large volumes of mail, such as government agencies and large commercial companies. One example is the French CEDEX system.

Terms

There are a number of synonyms for postal code; some are country-specific.

  • Postal code: The general term is used in Canada.
  • Postcode: This solid compound is popular in many English-speaking countries and is also the standard term in the Netherlands.
  • Eircode: The standard term in Ireland.
  • CAP: The standard term in Italy; CAP is an acronym for codice di avviamento postale (postal expedition code).
  • CEP:The standard term in Brazil; CEP is an acronym for código de endereçamento postal (postal addressing code).
  • NPA in French-speaking Switzerland (numéro postal d'acheminement) and Italian-speaking Switzerland (numero postale di avviamento).
  • PIN code / Pincode: The standard term in India; PIN is an acronym for postal index number.
  • PLZ: The standard term in Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland and Liechtenstein; PLZ is an abbreviation of Postleitzahl (postal routing number).
  • ZIP code: The standard term in the United States and the Philippines; ZIP is an acronym for zone improvement plan.
Other Languages
Afrikaans: Poskode
Alemannisch: Postleitzahl
العربية: رمز بريد
aragonés: Codigo postal
asturianu: Códigu postal
azərbaycanca: Poçt indeksi
বাংলা: পোস্ট কোড
беларуская: Паштовы індэкс
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Паштовы індэкс
български: Пощенски код
Boarisch: Postleitzoi
bosanski: Poštanski broj
brezhoneg: Kod-post
català: Codi postal
Cymraeg: Côd post
dansk: Postnummer
Deutsch: Postleitzahl
eesti: Sihtnumber
español: Código postal
Esperanto: Poŝtkodo
estremeñu: Coigu postal
euskara: Posta-kode
فارسی: کد پستی
français: Code postal
Frysk: Postkoade
furlan: CAP
Gaeilge: Cód poist
Gàidhlig: Còd-puist
한국어: 우편번호
hrvatski: Poštanski broj
Bahasa Indonesia: Kodepos
íslenska: Póstnúmer
italiano: Codice postale
Basa Jawa: Kodhe pos
kaszëbsczi: Pòcztowi kòd
Kiswahili: Msimbo wa posta
Кыргызча: Почта индекси
latviešu: Pasta indekss
Lëtzebuergesch: Postcode
lietuvių: Pašto kodas
lumbaart: Codas pustal
македонски: Поштенски број
Bahasa Melayu: Poskod
Baso Minangkabau: Kodepos
Mirandés: Código postal
Nederlands: Postcode
Nedersaksies: Postcode
日本語: 郵便番号
norsk: Postnummer
norsk nynorsk: Postnummer
occitan: Còdi postal
Plattdüütsch: Postleddtall
polski: Kod pocztowy
português: Código postal
română: Cod poștal
sicilianu: CAP
Simple English: Postal code
ślůnski: Pocztowy kod
српски / srpski: Поштански број
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Poštanski broj
svenska: Postnummer
татарча/tatarça: Poçta indeksı
Türkçe: Posta kodu
українська: Поштовий індекс
اردو: رمزِ ڈاک
Tiếng Việt: Mã bưu chính
West-Vlams: Postnummer
粵語: 郵政編碼
Zazaki: Kodê postey
中文: 邮政编码