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    Foreign address etiquette

    Hi there,

    Hopefully I have the correct forum. Recently while sending a parcel to Germany it has sparked an office discussion as to how to write the country of destination on an address label.

    My opinion is that as the address is in german the country should also be in german, ie Deutschland, but another colleague says that it should be in english, ie Germany, to help the Post Office (or in this case couriers). I can see both points but am not sure as to the etiquette.

    This also is relevant to the return address. I changed the heading to Absenderadresse instead of Return Address, but as it is a UK return address, should the heading & the Country be in English or German?

    Can someone help please?

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    Re: Foreign address etiquette

    I agree with your colleague about Germany and with you about Absenderadresse.

    Rover

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    Re: Foreign address etiquette

    I agree with Rover KE. I always write the destination country in the language of the country where I am posting the letter.

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    Re: Foreign address etiquette

    I agree with Rover - it should be in the language of the person who needs that bit of the address. It is the UK Post Office staff who need to know it is going to "Germany" in order to put it on the plane, whereas once it has arrived in Germany, the German staff already know where they are ;)

    However to circumvent the problem and avoid offending anyone, I don't think there would be any problem with etiquette were you to put the terms on the envelope in both languages at once.
    Last edited by Tullia; 18-Aug-2010 at 12:24.

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    #5

    Re: Foreign address etiquette

    Standard Japanese postal addresses are also in Roman letters, not Japanese.


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    Re: Foreign address etiquette

    Thank you very much. Peace descends on the office once again!

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    Re: Foreign address etiquette

    Quote Originally Posted by Riverdown View Post
    Thank you very much. Peace descends on the office once again!
    Until the next row!

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