Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Table of Contents

Ecuador - 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


Ecuador - Number format


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

Ecuador - Date formats



Ecuador - Languages


Language map External

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 External

Ecuador - Address format


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.




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


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. Old codes with the format A9999A, implemented in 2000, are still likely to be found in addresses.

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 - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic

Telephone numbers in Ecuador


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 External

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