France postcode map
France zip code map. France postcode map (Western Europe - Europe) to print. France postcode map (Western Europe - Europe) to download. French postal service has its origins in the Middle Ages. Initially, distribution services were mainly made for the noble houses, especially in cities where war messages were communicated. This way human being had to travel very far away all by foot. In time, however, postal routes began to be made on horseback. On 1st January 1965 in France there were introduced the postal codes for the first time as its shown in France postcode map. These zip codes originally consisted of two digits. At the time, this postal codes ranged from 01 to 95. In the same year, postal codes of the French telegraphic administration were fully completed. Since then, there is a two-digit number postal code, which will be added to the first three letters of the station, such as Marseille: 13 mar.
The current system was introduced on 3 June 1972 and consists of five digits. The first two digits of this number, containing five digits, are used in metropolitan France to delimit the number of the districts. In big cities, the postcode ends with three zeros, such as Nice for instance: 06000. An exception is the Department of Common Borders, where, often, the postal code is provided by the adjacent post offices. In big cities such as Paris, Marseille and Lyon, the last two numbers indicate the different neighborhoods such as Paris VIII: 75008 Paris as its mentioned in France postcode map. In the overseas territories such as Guadeloupe, St Martin, Martinique, French Guyana, Reunion, French Polynesia and New Caledonia the first three digits of the postal code represents the name of the department.
The departments in France are numbered: their two-digit numbers appear in postal codes, in INSEE codes (including "social security numbers") and on vehicle number-plates. Initially, the numbers corresponded to the alphabetical order of the names of the departments, but several changed their names, so the correspondence became less exact. There is no number 20, but 2A and 2B instead, for Corsica as you can see in the France postcode map. Corsican postal codes or addresses in both departments do still start with 20, though. The two-digit code "98" is used by Monaco. Together with the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code FR, the numbers form the ISO 3166-2 country subdivision codes for the metropolitan departments. The overseas departments get three digits, e.g. 971 for Guadeloupe.