International Addresses

Michael L Torrie torriem at
Thu Mar 24 13:20:24 MST 2005

On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 09:38 -0700, tuxgirl at wrote:
> While this point is true in some parts of the world, I know that there
> are other areas where people are accustomed to going in the opposite
> direction.  For example, while you *can* write an address either
> direction, I have learned that the standard way to write an address in
> China (mainland) is to begin with the country, then the province, then
> street and number...  It seems like a very unusual system to us, but in
> a lot of ways it actually makes sense, because if you're going to
> deliver a package, the first thing you need to know is what country it's
> going to.  Once it gets to the right country, you need to send it to the
> correct state, and then to the street, and then to the actual house. 

Most of the world is converting to an American-style address (name,
address, city, state, postal code, country) so most things will get
there if you follow that format.  I think even China will switch


> Anyway, just an interesting (to me) 2-cents
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