Re; Those customs stickers on cars (fwd) -Antwort

From: Frank da Cruz (
Date: Wed Jun 18 1997 - 10:01:13 EDT

In case anybody was curious about the answer to question: where do the
country abbreviations on automobile stickers come from...

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 09:33:38 +0100
From: ISO 3166/MA-Secretariat (WISCHHOEFER) <Wischhoefer@NAT.DIN.DE>
Subject: Those customs stickers on cars (fwd) -Antwort

Dear Mr da Cruz,

We received your e-mail concerning the "customs stickers on cars" from Mr
Clews. He forwarded it to us because the German Standards Institution holds
the secretariat for the maintenance agency of ISO 3166 - the international
country code standard.

Now, these code elements you mention are as far as we know officially called
"car (or road) vehicle distinguishing signs" and are part of an annex to the
1949/68 United Nations Conventions on Road Traffic.

A complete list of these code elements should be available from Mr
J. Walawski, Transport Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
(UN/ECE), Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cord Wischhfer
for the Secretariat of the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency


Date: 18 Jun 97 08:38:59 +0200
From: Gerhard HELLE <>
Subject: RE>Aucun
To: Frank da Cruz <>
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Dear Frank da Cruz:

as Cord Wischhoefer from DIN already explained, the 1-, 2- or 3-letter codes
used as an abbreviation for the indication of a country in the postal sector
in some European countries are not ISO-related codes. In compliance with a
recommendation made in 1965 by the European Conference of Postal and
Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), the address on items for certain
European countries may contain another international code, based in particular
on the code for road vehicles. This regulation only applies for Europe and
some Mediterranean countries in Africa. It has not been accepted by the
Universal Postal Union as a world standard. Following a list of the codes.
Best Regards Gerhard Helle First Secretary Universal Postal Union

Country; ISO Alpha 2-Code; CEPT-code

Austria; AT; A
Belgium; BE; B
Denmark; DK; DK
Estonia; EE; EE
Finland; FI; FIN
France; FR; F
Germany; DE; D
Great Britain; GB; GB
Greece; GR; GR
Hungary; HU; H
Ireland; IE; IRL
Italy; IT; I
Latvia; LV; LV
Liechtenstein; LI; FL
Luxembourg; LU; L
Monaco; MC; MC
Netherlands; NL; NL
Norway; NO; N
Poland; PL; PL
Portugal; PT; P
Romania; RO; RO
Russia; RU; RU
Slovakia; SK; SK
Slovenia; SI; SLO
Spain; ES; E
Sweden; SE; S
Switzerland; CH; CH
Turkey; TR; TR
Yugoslavia; YU; YU


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