Postal codes in Sweden

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For the purposes of directing mail, Sweden is divided into a number of postcode areas. The Swedish postcode (Swedish: postnummer) system is administered by the Swedish Mail Service (Swedish: Posten AB) on behalf of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (Swedish: Post- och telestyrelsen).[1]

History[edit]

Until 1968, mail in Sweden was sorted only according to geographic location, which meant that postal workers had to learn all mail centers in Sweden, and what particular mail trains served those places. In 1967, it was decided that postcodes would be introduced in Sweden as of May 12, 1968. Since then, the postcode system has been essentially the same, but a slight reform was carried out during the mid-1990s as all remaining mail terminals were equipped with automatic mail sorting machines. In 2008, Sweden was divided into more than 16,100 postcode areas.[2]

Format[edit]

The Swedish postcode system is based on a five-digit number combination, divided into two groups of three and two digits. The principle of numbering is that the lower the postcode, the further south the place is located. Excluded from the principle are postcodes beginning with number 1, which represent the capital city, Stockholm. Mail delivery centers are divided into two-, three-, and five-digit positioning groups depending on the size of the geographical place. The two-position group has larger varieties, whereas the smallest belongs to the five-digit positioning group.

According to the system, a space shall be inserted between the third and fourth digit; as well as a double space between the postcode and the geographic location. The geographic location shall be written in capital letters.

A typical address would look like this:

Sven Nilsson (First, and last name)
Roslagsgatan 10 (Street, and number)
113 51  STOCKHOLM (Postcode, and geographic location)

Two-digit positioning[edit]

The two initial digits indicate city. Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö are designated the two-digit series, one for mailbox- and business addresses, and the second series for street addresses.

The post codes are sorted by geographical location. Numbers starting with 10-19 are part of Stockholm; otherwise, the lower numbers are part of the bigger city areas in the south, and increase northwards.

First digit Region Cities with their own second digit
1 Parts of Stockholm County Stockholm (10–11 and some smaller isolated ranges)
2 Skåne County and parts of Kronoberg County and Blekinge County Malmö (20–21), Lund (22), Helsingborg (25)
3 Parts of Jönköping County, Kronoberg County, Kalmar County, Blekinge County and Halland County Halmstad (30), Växjö (35), Kalmar (39)
4 Parts of Västra Götaland County and Halland County Gothenburg (40–41)
5 Parts of Östergötland County, Jönköping County, Kalmar County and Västra Götaland County Borås (50), Jönköping (55), Linköping (58)
6 Södermanland County, Gotland County, Värmland County and parts of Östergötland County, Västra Götaland County and Örebro County Norrköping (60), Eskilstuna (63), Karlstad (65)
7 Uppsala County, Västmanland County, Dalarna County and parts of Stockholm County and Örebro County Örebro (70), Västerås (72), Uppsala (75)
8 Gävleborg County, Västernorrland County and Jämtland County Gävle (80), Sundsvall (85)
9 Västerbotten County and Norrbotten County Umeå (90), Luleå (97)
2-digit postcode areas Sweden(defined through the first two postcode digits)
Postcode Geographic location Notes
10x xx Stockholm Mailbox and business addresses
11x xx Stockholm Street addresses
20x xx Malmö Mailbox- and business addresses
21x xx Malmö Street addresses
22x xx Lund  
25x xx Helsingborg  
30x xx Halmstad  
35x xx Växjö  
39x xx Kalmar  
40x xx Gothenburg Mailbox- and business addresses
41x xx Gothenburg Street addresses
50x xx Borås  
55x xx Jönköping  
58x xx Linköping  
60x xx Norrköping  
63x xx Eskilstuna  
65x xx Karlstad  
70x xx Örebro  
72x xx Västerås  
75x xx Uppsala  
80x xx Gävle  
85x xx Sundsvall  
90x xx Umeå  
97x xx Luleå Changed from 951 xx

The third digit in the two-digit positioning indicate type of delivery, in most cases.

Postcode Type of delivery Note
xx0 xx Mail boxes and mail addresses  
xx1 xx Mail boxes and business addresses  
xx2 xx Regular mail delivery  
xx3 xx Regular mail delivery  
xx4 xx Regular mail delivery  
xx5 xx Countryside mail delivery  
xx6 xx Regular mail delivery  
xx7 xx Regular mail delivery  
xx8 xx Regular reply mail  
xx9 xx Temporary Temporary postcodes

The fourth and fifth digit indicate the geographic area. Postcodes with the same first four digits may represent a part of a city or equivalent.

Three-digit positioning[edit]

The first two digits indicate the geographical area in. Previously, these figures indicated the mail terminal that sorted mail for the particular geographic location.

Postcode Geographic area
12x xx - 15x xx Southern Stockholm metropolitan
16x xx - 19x xx Northern Stockholm metropolitan
23x xx - 24x xx South central Skåne
26x xx North-western Skåne
27x xx South-eastern Skåne
28x xx Northern Skåne
29x xx North-eastern Skåne, and western Blekinge
31x xx Halland
33x xx - 34x xx South-western Småland
35x xx - 36x xx Central Småland
37x xx Central- and Eastern Blekinge
38x xx - 39x xx Eastern Småland and Öland
42x xx - 47x xx Parts of northern Gothenburg (Angered), Parts of Northern Halland, Bohuslän, and south-western Västergötland
51x xx - 54x xx Remaining Västergötland
56x xx - 57x xx Northern Småland
59x xx Southern Östergötland
61x xx Northern Östergötland, Southern Södermanland
62x xx Gotland
64x xx Southern Södermanland
65x xx - 68x xx Dalsland and Värmland
69x xx, 71x xx Närke
73x xx North-eastern Närke and Västmanland
74x xx, 76x xx Uppland
77x xx - 79x xx Dalarna
81x xx Gästrikland and northern Uppland
82x xx Hälsingland
83x xx Jämtland
84x xx Härjedalen and parts of Medelpad
86x xx Medelpad
87x xx - 89x xx Ångermanland
91x xx - 93x xx Västerbottens län
94x xx - 96x xx Norrbottens län
98x xx North-western Norrbottens län

The third figure in combination with the first two indicates the mail delivery location. The fourth figure is the type of delivery.

Postcode Type of delivery
xxx 0x Mailboxes- and postal addresses
xxx 1x Mailboxes, business addresses
xxx 2x Regular mail delivery, mailboxes, and reply mail
xxx 3x Regular mail delivery
xxx 4x Regular mail delivery
xxx 5x Regular mail delivery
xxx 6x Regular mail delivery
xxx 7x Regular mail delivery
xxx 8x Reply mail, and business addresses
xxx 9x Countryside mail delivery

A five-digit positions location is a small location for only a few zip codes are needed to smooth mail delivery. Since the reform of the postcode system in the mid-1990s, only a few five-digit positions locations remain. These locations are often so small and remote that it is not practically possible to transfer all mail to a larger three-digit locations. five-digit position locations are usually in the archipelago and in the mountains.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Swedish Postal Act, No. 1684 of December 22, 1993.
  1. ^ Vad används postnumren till?, Post- och telestyrelsen. (Swedish)
  2. ^ Postnummer, Post- och telestyrelsen. (Swedish)

Postcode directories with external links[edit]