GfK MACON has revised and completed the digital maps of Romania for its new expanded European map archive. The most important addition is the six-digit postcode map. Simultaneously, on an administrative level over 3,100 communities have been re-digitalized and their boundaries adjusted to reflect the 2005 territorial status. The Romania Edition has been supplemented to include numerous topographical map layers, from elevation to the transport network and infrastructure.
Romania’s six-digit postcode system posed a special challenge to the cartographers. The subdivision, which is unusually fine for a country of that size, allows the Romanian post service to assign separate postcodes to individual blocks of buildings in the large cities. Accordingly, an immense amount of research was required for the establishment of the inner-city postcode districts, because some of the territorial classifications had to be copied out individually from existing area maps. For reasons of better statistical handling, the districts in 40 cities were condensed into the first four postcode digits. The degree of detail in the maps is very fine. The basic material used for digitalization consisted of paper maps with a scale of 1: 50,000 (metres; this is adequate to approximately 1: 31,000 in miles). As a result, the six-digit postcode map of Romania now shows more than 14,000 units, 194 delivery districts in Bucharest alone.