Romanian Addresses

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For a foreigner there are a lot of incomprehensible numbers in a Romanian address. Like most things that seem incomprehensible here, I blame the communists. With the large apartment blocks built by the communists there is a problem with identifying exactly which apartment is which. Take a look at this picture. All of those apartments are in one building (block) with entrances to seperate stairways for each set of apartments. If you are delivering mail or pizza or trying to find a new friend, how do you know what door to go in?

Like most systems, addresses make sense when you know what you are looking at. So, here’s a primer on Romanian addresses. (For those of you uninterested in how Romanian addresses are put together, stop reading now. There’s not much more of interest in here for you.)

Line 1:

If you are sending mail you would start with the person you’re sending it to. It’s not required as far as I can tell but on most of the mail I get the names are in all capital letters.

Line 2:

On the next line, put the street, with the type of street, then the name (Str. Iugoslaviei—Street/Strada Iugoslaviei—not Iugoslaviei Str.). Then comes the house/building number (not the other way around, as you do in the U.S.) and…

Here’s where the fun and the series of incomprehensible numbers come.

If you are sending something to a stand-alone house, you’re done.

If it’s to an apartment there’s much, much more. Here’s a picture of one entrance. If you are sending something to a big building like this one you may need to include a building number (Bl. and then the letter number combo or just number). Then comes the stairway or entrance (scara, abbreviated as Sc.). Then the floor (etaj, abbreviated Et.). And finally, the apartment number (apartment, abbreviated Ap.).

The second line might read: Blvd. 21 Dec. 1989, Nr. 129, Bl. L7, Sc. 4, Ap. 81

Note that the name of the street is a Boulevard (Blvd.) 21 Dec. 1989—it’s not the number of the building. Confusing, I know.


Another example of a second line: Str. Iugoslaviei, Nr. 68, Bl. B-2, Sc. 1, Et. 1, Ap. 6

But some for these things may not appear. For smaller buildings you might be able to get away with the number and the apartment. I don’t often see floor (Etaj, Et.), though I imagine this would be helpful if you were looking for your friend’s apartment.

Whew… If you’ve made it through all that the rest is easy.

Line 3:

This line includes the postal code and then town or city.

The first two numbers denote county. Not sure what the rest does. You can look up the postal code at the Romanian post office website. http://www.posta-romana.ro/?lang=en_US

Line 4:

Next comes the county (Judetul or Jud.), unless you are sending something to Bucharest, then you need the sector.

Line 5:

Country

Here are some examples from (http://bitboost.com/ref/international-address-formats/romania/)

Ion Ionescu
Str. Florilor 8, Bl. I19, Sc. 2, Et. 2, Ap. 25
012345 Bucuresti
Sector 1
Romania

Ion Ionescu
Sos. Brasovului 214
012345 Prejmer
Jud. Brasov
Romania

None of these are real addresses, so don’t bother to send people mail here!

Helpful sites:

http://www.posta-romana.ro/?lang=en_US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Address_(geography)#Romania

http://bitboost.com/ref/international-address-formats/romania/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_codes_in_Romania

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One response to “Romanian Addresses

  1. Hello! I came across your blog and I found it interesting that you’re writing about Romania from the American perspective. I am a Romanian currently living in The States, and I am writing about the American experience. I have never been to Cluj, I hear it is a nice city. My hometown is Timisoara. As for the Romanian mail addresses, I think they are just easy to “decipher” for a native, but I must agree the American way is more efficient.

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