aparantly the UK is the only country where a postecode finds an individual property, they say in italy postcodes are a little like our counties!) I couldnt make out if they were taking the **** or not!
They're right on that one.
France is the same. Postcodes there are just 5 numerical digits, therefore giving only 90,000 permutations for what is a much larger geographical area than the UK.
Here, our postcodes are seven digits with letters for the first 2 and last 2 digits and numbers for the other 2 or 3, making the total number of permutations something between 41,127,840 (26x26x9x10x26x26) and 411,127,840 (26x26x9x10x10x26x26). In practice I think there are something like 27,000,000 postcodes actually in use at the moment, each one narrowing down a location to approximately 15 properties, hence postcoded satnav is far more popular here than in other countries.
Tried to navigate my way round France with satnav & postcodes once - ended up miles away from the hotel, although I was in the right postcode area.
For once, GB gets it right first time. Not bad for 1959, especially when you consider the subsequent ****-ups with telephone numbers (remember when London was 01, then 071, then 0171, now 0207?!?!)
Hope this helps! (too much time on my hands this afternoon!)