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German Postal Codes History

German postal codes are used by the postal code system in Germany. German postal code is Postleitzahl in German and has abbreviation PLZ.

Before reunion, the Federal Republic of Germany and German Democratic Republic have four-digit postal code system. Postal codes in the west were prefixed with "W" and in the east with "O".

Current German postal codes consist of five digits from 0 to 9. First two digits of German postal codes stand for the wider area and last three digits of German postal codes indicate the postal district. This postal code system was introduced on July, 1 1993.

Users, that receive high volumes of mail, have their own postal codes. These postal codes are separated from German postal codes for postal districts or PO Box number ranges.
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