During registration of survey panels, you may encounter some require a field called Post Code. This is use to identify your geographical location to make sure you are within their target area of research. So what is a Postcode?
A post/ postal code (also known locally in various English-speaking countries throughout the world as a postcode, post code, Eircode, PIN Code or ZIP Code) is a series of letters and/or digits, sometimes including spaces or punctuation, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail.
There are a number of synonyms for postal code; some are country-specific. For example,
- Postal code: The general term is used in Canada.
- Postcode: This solid compound is popular in many English-speaking countries and is also the standard term in The Netherlands.
- Eircode: The standard term in Ireland.
- CAP: The standard term in Italy; CAP is an acronym for Codice di Avviamento Postale (Postal Expedition Code).
- CEP:The standard term in Brazil; CEP is an acronym for Código de Endereçamento Postal (Postal Addressing Code).
- PIN code / Pincode: The standard term in India; PIN is an acronym for Postal Index Number.
- PLZ: The standard term in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; PLZ is an abbreviation of Postleitzahl (Postal code).
- ZIP code: The standard term in the United States and the Philippines; ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan.