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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Algeria - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



34 080 030 (2008) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Algeria - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Algeria - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 19th March 2021

Languages of Algeria


The official languages are Standard Arabic External and Tamazight External. 15 other languages are spoken. The most widespread languages are: Algerian Saharan Spoken Arabic (100 000 speakers); Algerian Spoken Arabic External (20 400 000 speakers); Chaouia External (1 400 000 speakers); French External (110 600 speakers) and Kabyle External (2 537 000 speakers).

Algeria - Forms of address


When Arabic forms of address are being used, the forms of address are spelt slightly differently to those given in the Forms of Address section of this book. They are:

   Mr: Sayed
   Mrs: Sayeda
   Miss: Anisa

French forms of address are also used, and Mr. is often found written instead of M. as an abbreviation for Monsieur, but this is incorrect.

   Tables of forms of address External can be acquired

Personal names in Algeria


In Algeria, personal names are usually written with the family name preceding the personal name in this way:

   Sayed Hamden Hassan

where Hassan is the given name and Hamden the family name. Women usually take their husband’s name upon marriage.

Lawyers are addressed as Maître.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Algeria - Company legal forms


Algeria’s company types include:

   Partnership limited by shares
   Sarl - Société à responsabilité limitée (private limited company)
   SPA  (Joint stock company)
   SNCSociété en nom collectif – general partnership
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Address format of Algeria


Addresses written in Latin script are usually written in French and are similar in format to French addresses. Their format is:

   number[, ]thoroughfare type[ ]Thoroughfare name
   postal code[ ]SETTLEMENT

For example:


Thoroughfare types are written starting with a lower-case letter. For lists of thoroughfare types and other address component information, please refer to the chapter on France.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Algeria - Post office box


When written in Latin script, this is written as Boîte Postale, abbreviated to BP.

Algeria - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 7th April 2021

Postal codes (Code Postal) consist of a block of 5 digits. The first two digits indicate the wilaya (department), the last three the delivery office. The first two digits can range from 01 to 48.

The creation of 10 new wilayas in December 2019 removed the previous neat one-to-one correspondence between wilaya and postal code area. The following list shows the wilayas External with the first two digits of their postal codes:

Wilaya Postal code
Adrar External 01 (Shared with Bordj Bajo Mokhtar and Timimoun)
Aïn Defla External 44
Aïn Témouchent External 46
Alger External 16
Annaba External 23
Batna External 05
Béchar External 08 (Shared with Béni Abbès)
Béni Abbès External 08 (Shared with Béchar)
Béjaïa External 06
Biskra External 07 (Shared with Ouled Djellal)
Blida External 09
Bordj Bajo Mokhtar External 01 (Shared with Adrar and Timimoun)
Bordj-bou-Arréridj External 34
Bouira External 10
Boumerdès External 35
Chlef External 02
Constantine External 25
Djanet External 33 (Shared with Illizi)
Djelfa External 17
El Bayadh External 32
El Menia External 47 (Shared with Ghardaïa)
El M’Ghair External 39 (Shared with El Oued)
El Oued External 39 (Shared with El M’Ghair)
El Tarf External 36
Ghardaïa External 47 (Shared with El Menia)
Guelma External 24
Illizi External 33 (Shared with Djanet)
In Guezzam External 11 (Shared with In Salah and Tamanrasset)
In Salah External 11 (Shared with In Guezzam and Tamanrasset)
Jijel External 18
Khenchela External 40
Laghouat External 03
Mascara External 29
Médéa External 26
Mila External 43
Mostaganem External 27
M’Sila External 28
Naama External 45
Oran External 31
Ouargla External 30 (Shared with Touggourt)
Ouled Djellal External 07 (Shared with Biskra)
Oum-el-Bouaghi External 04
Relizane External 48
Saïda External 20
Sétif External 19
Sidi-bel-Abbes External 22
Skikda External 21
Souk-Ahras External 41
Tamanrasset External 11 (Shared with In Guezzam and In Salah)
Tébessa External 12
Tiaret External 14
Timimoun External 01 (Shared with Adrar and Timimoun)
Tindouf External 37
Tipaza External 42
Tissemsilt External 38
Tizi-Ouzou External 15
Tlemcen External 13
Touggourt External 30 (Shared with Ouargla)
   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

List of Algerian city postal codes (Wikipedia) External

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Algeria - Postal code format graphic


Algeria - Postal code format

Algeria - Postal code specifics

Algeria - Postal code regular expression


Algeria - Postal code level of coverage


Algeria - Postal code map


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Place names in Algeria


   Note: This section last updated 10th March 2015

Algeria’s Berber population have their own names for a number of settlements.

Refer to Exonyms in Algeria for full lists of place names in Algeria in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Algeria - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 7th April 2021

Algeria is split into 58 wilayas. These are listed in the section Postal Codes above.

Administrative districts graphic


Algeria - Telephone numbers


Algerian geographic numbers, when called from abroad, have a total length of 9 digits; mobile numbers have a total length of 10 digits. Mobile numbers commence with the area codes 55, 66, 69, 77 or 79.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


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