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                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Peru - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



32 625 948 (2020 projection) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Peru - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 6th December 2020

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

Peru - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 31st May 2021

Peru - Languages


The official languages are Spanish External (20 000 000 speakers) and Quechua External (3 821 000 speakers in 33 different forms). 61 other, mainly Indian, languages are spoken, and bilingualism is limited. The main one is Central Aymara External (350 320 speakers around Lake Titicaca).

Peru - Personal names and forms of address


The abbreviation used for Señorita in Peru 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):

   Arquitecto (m) / Arquitecta (f)          Architect
   Doctor (m) / Doctora (f) (Dr/Dra)        Doctor/Ph.D./Lawyer
   Ingeniero (m) / Ingeniera (f) (Ing.)     Engineer
   Profesor (Prof.)                         Professor, higher education teachers

This is in turn preceded by the gender form of address:

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

Peru - Company legal forms


The following company types are commonly found in Peru:

   EIRLEmpresa Individual de Responsabilidad Limitada (personal business with limited liability)
   SA - Sociedad Anónima
   S. en C.Sociedad en Comandita (limited partnership)
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Peru - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 8th September 2020

The address format for Peru is:

   {thoroughfare type[ ]}Thoroughfare name[ ]number{[ ]sub-building details}
   postal code

for example


A sub-locality may be written directly after the street address in this way:

   calle La Merced 125, Miraflores 

If the street is numbered, the building number is usually written after “No” to distinguish it from the street number, in this way:

   calle 20 No 17 

If the address is written in Spanish and the thoroughfare type is calle (Street), then this may not be written in the address. The thoroughfare type is written commencing with a lower-case letter. For a full list of thoroughfare types, please refer to the chapter on Spain.

Address for the cities of Lima and Callao may have a one- or two-digit sorting code written to the right of the city name where the new postal code is not used.

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

Peru - Post office box


This is written Apartado Postal in Peru. Casilla Postal is also found.

Peru - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 8th September 2020

Peru’s postal code has the format:


Each code points to a locality. The first two numbers indicate the region or province and can range between 01 and 25.

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

Peru - Postal code format graphic


Peru - Postal code format

Peru - Postal code specifics

Peru - Postal code regular expression


Peru - Postal code level of coverage


Peru - Postal code map

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Place names in Peru


   Note: This section last updated 23rd February 2017

Refer to Exonyms in Peru for full lists of place names in Peru 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

Peru - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 8th September 2020

Peru has 25 regions External and 1 constitutional province (provincia constitucional, shown in the list below with an asterisk):

Region Postal code range
Amazonas External 01
Ancash External 02
Apurímac External 03
Arequipa External 04
Ayacucho External 05
Cajamarca External 06
Callao External * 07
Cusco External 08
Huancavelica External 09
Huánuco External 10
Ica External 11
Junín External 12
La Libertad External 13
Lambayeque External 14
Lima External (municipality) 15 (shared with Lima)
Lima External 15 (shared with Lima (municipality))
Loreto External 16
Madre de Dios External 17
Moquegua External 18
Pasco External 19
Piura External 20
Puno External 21
San Martin External 22
Tacna External 23
Tumbes External 24
Ucayali External 25

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Peru


Land line numbers have a total length of 8 digits (with area codes of 1-2 digits), mobile numbers have 9 digits. Mobile numbers commence with a 9.

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


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