From next month, you’ll be able to find any address in Mongolia with their new postal code system consisting of just three words.
The country is introducing a new postcode system in an effort to fix the issues they face with unnamed streets. The country is one of the most sparsely populated in the world and even streets in their capital city of Ulaanbaatar are often left without names. Instead of the more traditional system of random letters and numbers, they’ve opted to use the system created by British start-up what3words. What3words claims 135 countries suffer from inadequate addressing, impacting people’s ability to receive delivery or aid, as well as costing businesses time and money. While poor addressing can happen anywhere, it can particularly impact developing countries.
The company created a three word phrase for every square nine-metre box in the world. It aims to replace GPS coordinates, which are long and can be very difficult to remember. It’s designed as a singular piece of code and is available in most official UN languages. While some organisations around the world – included the United Nations – have already started using the system, Mongolia is the first country to adopt the three-word phrase as an official means of addressing.
Mongolia is a good testing ground for the system, since many streets in the largely uninhabited country remain unnamed, causing enormous difficulty for the Mongol Post system. Additionally, 25% of the population are estimated to be nomadic and often have to collect their post at central offices, or write lengthy directions on the envelope. Mongol Post will begin using the system from next month. You can explore the what3words system online but in the meantime, here’s four of the most famous sights in Mongolia you can now find with their new postcode.
Lake Khövsgöl – chancellor.frightfully.stunts
Gandantegchinlen Monastery – forehand.insisting.irrigated
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park – upland.florist.nuance
Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan – reassured.flanked.case