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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Ecuador - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



16 938 986 (2022) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Ecuador - Number format

In Spanish:


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

In Quechua:


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

Ecuador - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 13th April 2021

Ecuador - Languages


Spanish External, the official language, is spoken by 77% of the population. Around 19% of the population speak American Indian languages, mainly several forms of Quichua External (1 470 000 speakers). Others are Achuar-Shiwiar External, Chachi External, Cofán External, Colorado External, Cuaiquer External, Secoya External, Shuar External, Siona External, Tetete External, Waorani External and Záparo External. Many of these people do not speak a second language. These people are found mainly in the Andes and the Amazon basin areas.

Ecuador - Personal names and forms of address


The abbreviation used for Señorita in Ecuador is Srta.

Each person usually has a given name followed by two family names, that of the father followed by that of the mother, for example:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez

Upon marriage, females may take their husband’s name as a further given name, in this way:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez de Lopez

where the de indicates “(wife) of”. De usually indicates a married female, but may also be part of a name.

Professional people are often referred to by their qualification, followed by the given name and paternal family name (and sometimes the maternal family name):

Doctor (m) / Doctora (f) (Dr/Dra) Doctor, Ph.D.
Ingeniero (m) / Ingeniera (f) (Ing.) Engineer
Licenciado (m) / Licenciada (f) Holder of a university degree

This in turn is preceded by the honorific in this way:

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

Ecuador - Company legal forms


The following company type is commonly found in Ecuador:

   CAcompañia anonima
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Ecuador - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 21st February 2022

Addresses are written in the following format:

   Form of address
   Recipient name
   telephone number
   Building information
   {thoroughfare type[]}Thoroughfare name[ ]building number
   Sector or village
   POSTAL CODE Settlement

Addresses may not contain the lines containing form of address, telephone number, building information or sector/village.




Addresses may also be found with a hyphen between the postal code and settlement in this way:

   170350 – Quito 

Addressing is often inexact, including descriptions of distances from landmarks; and many refer to intersections (two thoroughfare names linked by y), whereby the address is on the first thoroughfare closest to the intersection with the second thoroughfare. For example:


Quito reorganised its building numbering system in the 1998, implemented mainly in the areas designed on a grid system, though some of the old numbers can still be seen on buildings and may still be used, and some buildings are not numbered at all. The numbers commence with a cardinal point (N (Norte, North), S (Sur, South), E (Este, East) or OE (Oeste, West)). The next two numbers indicate the building number. After the hyphen is the distance in metres from an intersection. The name of the cross street may be used in the address line:

   González Suárez N27-207, 12 de Octubre 


When addresses are written in Spanish, calle, the Spanish word for street, is rarely written. The Spanish thoroughfare type, when included, is written before, and separately from, the thoroughfare name. It should be written with the first letter in lower case.

For further information about address components, please refer to the chapter on Spain.

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

Ecuador - Post office box


This is written Apartado Postal.

Ecuador - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 23rd June 2020

Implementation of a new postal code system (Código Postal Ecuatoriano, C.P.E.), commenced in December 2007. This postal code format is:


with provinces, districts and postal zones each being represented by two of the digits. Only the ranges 01-24 are currently in use.

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

Ecuador - Postal code format graphic


Ecuador - Postal code format

Ecuador - Postal code specifics

Ecuador - Postal code regular expression


Ecuador - Postal code level of coverage


Ecuador - Postal code map


Ecuador - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 22nd June 2020

Ecuador has 24 provinces (provincias External, singular - provincia), which are not used in addresses:

Province Postal code range
Azuay External 01
Bolívar External 02
Cañar External 03
Carchi External 04
Chimborazo External 06
Cotopaxi External 05
El Oro External 07
Esmeraldas External 08
Galápagos External 20
Guayas External 09
Imbabura External 10
Loja External 11
Los Ríos External 12
Manabí External 13
Morona-Santiago External 14
Napo External 15
Orellana External 22
Pastaza External 16
Pichincha External 17
Santa Elena External 24
Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas External 23
Sucumbíos External 21
Tungurahua External 18
Zamora-Chinchipe External 19

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Ecuador


   Note: This section last updated 30th January 2014

Ecuadorian telephone numbers have area codes of 2 digits when called from abroad. All subscriber numbers have 7 digits. Mobile numbers are an area code 92-99.

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

Properties with value Ecuador


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