Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Guernsey

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Guernsey consists of the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney External, Sark External and Herm External (along with some other, uninhabited, islands). It is a Crown Dependency, and therefore not part of the United Kingdom. Except in matters of foreign affairs and defence, it is effectively an independent nation, and its inhabitants are fiercely proud of their status. The words ‘United Kingdom’, ‘Great Britain’ or ‘England’ should not be used in addresses - it is better to use ‘Channel Islands’.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

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Table of Contents

Guernsey - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

44

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

GBG

Internet country code

GG

GRC Country Code

GUE

Guernsey - Languages

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English External is the official language. A Norman patois, which has no written form, is spoken in some parishes.

Guernsey - Company legal forms

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These company types exist in Guernsey

   Branch of an overseas’ company 
   Company limited by guarantee 
   Exempt insurance company
   Exempt investment scheme 
   Exempt private company
   General partnership
   International company
   International trust
   Limited partnership
   Private company limited by shares
   Trust

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

Guernsey - Personal names, addresses, post office box, place names

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To a great extent, the same rules and formats apply as in the United Kingdom. The settlement name used is usually that of the parish External. These parishes are:

    Castel External
    Forest External
    St Andrew’s External
    St Martin’s External
    St Peters in the Wood External
    St Peter Port External
    St Sampson’s External
    St Saviour’s External
    Torteval External
    Vale External

The name of the island (Guernsey, Alderney, Herm or Sark) is also written. The address is therefore structured as follows:

   Contact name
   {Job Title}
   Company Name
   number[ ]Thoroughfare name[ ]Thoroughfare type
   PARISH
   Island
   POSTAL CODE

image Street name boards in St Peter Port. Source: Wikipedia

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

Guernsey - Post office box

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This is written PO Box.

Guernsey - Postal codes

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A postal code (known locally as Postcode) system was introduced into Guernsey only in June 1993. Each postal code begins with the letters GY. The format of the code is:

   [GY]9[ ]9AA

or

   [GY]99[ ]9AA

For example:

   GY2 2BT

GY9 codes cover Alderney and GY10 Sark.

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

Guernsey - Postal code format graphic

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Guernsey - Postal code format

Guernsey - Postal code specifics

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Guernsey - Postal code regular expression

\A((GY)[0-9]( )[0-9][A-Z][A-Z]|(GY)[0-9][0-9]( )[0-9][A-Z][A-Z])\Z

Guernsey - Postal code level of coverage

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Place names in Guernsey

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

Guernsey - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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Guernsey has 10 parishes, used in addresses. Please refer to the section “Company names, Personal names, addresses, post office box, place names” above for a list of these parishes.

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