Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Table of Contents

Djibouti - 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


Djibouti - Languages


The official language is Djibouti Arabic External, spoken by 11% of the population. Afar External is spoken by 55%, Somali External by 33%.

Djibouti - Personal names


Djiboutians do not distinguish between “first” names and “last” names. All names are used at all times in all contexts, including in correspondence. When women marry, they retain their own names and add all of their husbands’ onto the end. Again, this full string should be used in all contexts.

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

Djibouti - Example address format



Any address written in a non-native language will be written in French. Deliveries are made only to post office boxes (Boîte Postale, or BP).

Though postal deliveries are only to mailing addresses, street addresses will be found for the use of couriers, visitors etc. As not all streets are named, these may often be descriptive and unstructured. Examples:




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

Djibouti - Post office box


This is written as Boîte Postale, or BP.

Djibouti - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 28th March 2020

Djibouti has no postal code system.

There are reports that Djibouti has developed a 5-digit postal code system with the format:


However, there is no evidence that this has been implemented and it may have been transplanted by a decision to adopt What3Words as an official address methodology in the country. For the purpose of this resource we continue to assume that Djibouti does not have a postal code system.

Were this system to be implemented, the first two numbers would always be 77. The third digit would indicate a cercle (region). The final two digits would point to a post office within each cercle or within the urban districts of Djibouti City. It would be positioned on the last line of the address in front of the city name.

Djibouti - Postal code format


Djibouti - Postal code specifics


Djibouti - Postal code regular expression


Djibouti - Postal code level of coverage


Place names in Djibouti


   Note: This section last updated 24th May 2014

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

Djibouti - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


Djibouti has 5 districts External (cercles, singular - cercle) and a city (shown in the list below with an asterisk):

    ’Ali Sabih External
    Arta External
    Dikhil External
    Djibouti External *
    Obock External
    Tadjoura External

Telephone numbers in Djibouti


Djibouti telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers changed from having 6 digits to having 8 on 1st March 2012. Mobile numbers commence with 77.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External 

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