Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Table of Contents

Algeria - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Algeria - Number format


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

Algeria - Date formats



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 External (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 a responsabilité limitée (private limited company)
   SPA  (Joint stock company)
   SNCSociété en nom collectif – general partnership

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see 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


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.

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

Place names in Algeria


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 External

Other language place name data can be acquired at External

Algeria - Administrative districts


Algeria is split into 48 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 External

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All information copyright Graham Rhind 2019. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.