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Old 14.08.2019, 20:52
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Some of my British in-laws insist on addressing mail to us with the country name “Suisse”.

Despite our pleas for them to use “Switzerland” they persist. They just don’t understand that British post employees don’t make the connection. Their mail regularly goes via Sweden and once via Swindon. Lots of interesting notes written on the envelope.
Feel free to show them this, it's the international addressing standard for Switzerland, as approved by the Universal Postal Union (the worldwide postal organization). If the mail isn't addressed like this, it can get routed to the wrong place and take extra time.

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Re: Daily fail unsure whether woman is denied Swiss or Swedish nationality.

I've had post from the UK returned because the address had the zip code after the city instead of before. A German colleague of my husband's said that's just the Swiss being pedantic
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Old 14.08.2019, 20:59
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Some of my British in-laws insist on addressing mail to us with the country name “Suisse”.
That's because French was once the language of the postal system (and diplomacy). These days it is "preferably in the language of the dispatching country or in an internationally recognized language. "
http://www.upu.int/uploads/tx_sbdown...ElementsEn.pdf

That's an inclusive 'or' ( https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/inclusive_or )

Accepted example (note that town and country name is in capital letters):

Johnny Expat
Schneeglöggliweg 12
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SWITZERLAND - SUISSE
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Old 14.08.2019, 23:04
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I've had post from the UK returned because the address had the zip code after the city instead of before. A German colleague of my husband's said that's just the Swiss being pedantic
My sister shipped something to us the other day - we got it but the address had three different postal codes and two cantons in it.

They're not all pedantic!
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That's because French was once the language of the postal system (and diplomacy).
No, that’s because they are dickheads.


Other than Switzerland I would always use the country name written in the language (and Script) of the country I was sending from. I might also double up the city name (London/Londres) if appropriate.
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Old 15.08.2019, 13:11
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No, that’s because they are dickheads.

Other than Switzerland I would always use the country name written in the language (and Script) of the country I was sending from. I might also double up the city name (London/Londres) if appropriate.
Dickheads or not, ASitUS is correct. The official language of the Universal Postal Union is still French. Wikipedia says so.

Thus if your relatives addressed something to you with SUISSE as the country, it should not have been a problem.
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You could compromise on Latin and use “Helvetia” as on the stamps

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Dickheads or not, ASitUS is correct. The official language of the Universal Postal Union is still French. Wikipedia says so.

Thus if your relatives addressed something to you with SUISSE as the country, it should not have been a problem.
Yes, but does the average British postal employee speak French? From our experience I don’t believe so.

If you write the country in the language of the origin, very little will go wrong. If you write it in French it will go to Swindon ...
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Old 18.08.2019, 13:30
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Yes, but does the average British postal employee speak French? From our experience I don’t believe so.

If you write the country in the language of the origin, very little will go wrong. If you write it in French it will go to Swindon ...
But you could also say the same about the confusion of the intern who wrote this 'article'. What if a worker confuses Switzerland with say Swaziland. Should you also write in each letter 'Switzerland - that is, the country in Europe that is not Sweden, sandwiched between France and Austria'? The ignorance of others is their sole fault, not yours.
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The ignorance of others is their sole fault, not yours.
That's a bit harsh. I'm sure you don't know the name of every country in every language.

I assume a post office sorting depot would have "look-up tables" for post addressed to other countries in another language where the local country name could be discovered.
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Nothing goes to Swindon, voluntarily or otherwise
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Re: Daily fail unsure whether woman is denied Swiss or Swedish nationality.

Sorry to repeat but mail posted from near Bristol addressed to our address with the country name “Suisse” often goes via Sweden and once it went via Swindon. We can tell by the stamps on the envelope.

I’m not saying what should have happened, this is what HAS happened. And my in-laws are dickheads, not just for this reason.
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