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Most countries publish a Diplomatic List - a guide to diplomatic representation by foreign governments and bi/multilateral organisations in the capital city. It serves as a useful 'who's who' in the diplomatic community for locals, hopefully preventing embarrassing incidents like postmen delivering mail to the wrong Korean embassy or parking wardens wheelclamping the Spanish Ambassador's car.

A typical Diplomatic List would show in the alphabetical order of the host country the names of countries and organisations with accredited representatives. Each entry would have address details and opening hours of the embassy's chancery, and the names and ranks of accredited diplomats (and the names of their partners. There may be a separate list of non-resident acredited representatives, a calendar of National Days, and importantly, a list of the heads of mission in order of seniority (determined by the length of tenure of an ambassador's posting; the most senior may be called the Dean). Compilation is normally the responsibility of the protocol section of the host government's ministry of foreign affairs.

A Consular List provides the same kind of information of accredited consuls in a country, including honorary consuls.

List of Online Diplomatic Lists

Australia
www.info.dfat.gov.au/protocol

Cambodia
www.mfaic.gov.kh/Diplomatic%20Relations/maindiplom

China
www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/default.htm

Cyprus
www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa.nsf/CIDiplomaticList

Czech Republic
www.mzv.cz/servis/soubor.asp?id=15349

Denmark
www.um.dk/en/servicemenu/Publications/InformationAboutDenmark/TheCopenhagenDiplomaticList.htm

Estonia
www.vm.ee/eng/kat_149

Ethiopia
www.mfa.gov.et/Consular_Affair_Diplomatic/Diplomatic_List.php

Greece
www2.mfa.gr/www.mfa.gr/ChannelAttachments/66/CORPS_DIPLOMATIQUE_2005-12-30.doc

Italy
www.esteri.it/doc/5_37_b.doc

Jordan
www.mfa.gov.jo/embassy_list.php?full=y

Malaysia
www.kln.gov.my/english/services/glossary/istilahD

Macedonia
www.mfa.gov.mk/ministerstvo_ en.asp?idMeni=16&idKategorija=37

Malta
www.foreign.gov.mt/pages.aspx?page=93

The Philippines
www.dfa.gov.ph/protocol/dipconlists.htm

Sudan
www.sudanmfa.com/Diplomatic%20List%202003.htm

Sweden
www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/3428/a/24515

United Kingdom
www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391854

United States
www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/

Uzbekistan
www.mfa.uz/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=154&page=1

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