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Encyclopedia > Argentine postal code

The Argentine postal code is a system that assigns at least an unique alphanumeric postal codes to each municipality. Some larger cities have several codes starting at a base code, and the codes of all municipalities with a population over 500 additionally show the side of the block where the address is located. A postal code is a series of letters and/or digits appended to a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail. ... A municipality or general-purpose district (compare with: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government. ...

Until 1998 Argentina employed a four-digit postal code for each municipality, with the first digit representing a region in the country, except in the case of the city of Buenos Aires (which had different postal codes starting in 1 and with the other numbers varying according to the zone). The unique codes became the base for the newer system, officially called CPA (Código Postal Argentino). 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Buenos Aires (Good Airs in Spanish, originally meaning Fair Winds) is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, as well as one of the largest cities in South America. ...

The CPA consists of three parts:

  1. A single letter that encodes the province (for example, B for Buenos Aires, S for Santa Fe).
  2. Four digits (the old postal code or a variation of it on the last digits) showing the municipality.
  3. Three letters, identifying a side of the block where the address is located.

The CPA is not mandatory for private use, but companies that do mass mailings are benefited with discounts if they use the CPA. Despite this, the CPA is still not in wide use by private persons, and even government sources and private businesses often list the base code as in the old system. In order to ease the adoption of the new postal code, the state mail company (Correo Argentino) provides a lookup facility in its website[1]. The CPA is intended to improve the quality and speed of mail delivery, but mail without a well-formed CPA will be delivered correctly as well. Argentina consists of 23 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia), and 1 federal district (Capital Federal *). Capital Federal * Buenos Aires Catamarca Chaco Chubut Córdoba Corrientes Entre Ríos Formosa Jujuy La Pampa La Rioja Mendoza Misiones Neuquén Río Negro Salta San Juan San Luis Santa Cruz Santa Fe Santiago... The Buenos Aires province (IPA: , Spanish: Provincia de Buenos Aires) is the largest, wealthiest and most populated province of Argentina. ... Santa Fe is a province of Argentina, located in the north of the country. ...

This change can be compared with the ZIP+4 movement in the United States, in which the last four digits identify the block of the address. Mr. ...

The first letter in the CPA, which identifies the province, has its origins in the old Argentine license plates system, which gave each province a letter, usually its initial. Since several provinces share the same initial, a few odd assigments are found (such as X for Córdoba, A for Salta, and N for Misiones). See ISO 3166-2:AR for a complete list. Córdoba is a province of Argentina, located in the centre of the country. ... Salta is a province of Argentina, located in the northwest of the country. ... Misiones is one of the 23 provinces of Argentina, located in the northeastern corner of the country in the Mesopotamia region. ... ISO 3166-2:AR is an ISO standard which defines geocodes: it is the subset of ISO 3166-2 which applies to Argentina. ...


  • Código Postal Argentino - Website of the Correo Argentino mail company, explaining the system (in Spanish).

See also

  • List of postal codes in Argentina

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