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Old May 13th, 2012, 03:47 AM   #301
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yeah that's Persian pronounciation. Funnier is the country Torkmanestan (Turkmenistan)
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Old May 15th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #302
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There are a few in South Africa for Maseru (Lesotho), Mbabane (Swaziland) and Maputo (Mozambique), but only very close to the border. There may well be some for Gaborone (Botswana) too.
The N4 West from Zeerust refers to Skilpadhek Border Post
The R49 North from Zeerust, 100km, refers to Gaborone
The N17 East from Ermelo, 100km, refers to Mbabane
The N1 North from Louis Trichardt, 110km, refers to Beitbridge. From Messina it is clear that this refers to the borderpost rather than to the town which is on the Zimbabwe side of the border.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 02:56 AM   #303
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Sign for Vancouver in downtown Seattle

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Old June 3rd, 2012, 12:38 PM   #304
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Sign in Saint Petersburg for three capital cities, two of whom in neighbouring countries. The route to Kyiv goes through Belarus too ...

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Old June 3rd, 2012, 12:46 PM   #305
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Are there signs for Helsinki in St Petersburg as well? There are a few signs of St Petersburg (Pietari) in the Helsinki area...
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 01:42 PM   #306
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Yes there are. This is one of them, though Vyborg seems to be the main focal point for the route to Helsinki. Much like Kotka and Kouvola are the main focal points for the route out of Helsinki.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 01:46 PM   #307
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 02:22 PM   #308
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Yes there are. This is one of them, though Vyborg seems to be the main focal point for the route to Helsinki. Much like Kotka and Kouvola are the main focal points for the route out of Helsinki.
Yes, I only saw a few signs to St Petersburg on the motorway from Turku to Helsinki.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 06:30 PM   #309
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Yes, I only saw a few signs to St Petersburg on the motorway from Turku to Helsinki.
There are a few mileage signs showing St Petersburg as the destination along the E18 road. They do not belong to the national signage system, but they are kind of informative additions.

The signs on the road 7 from Helsinki to the Russian border display Kotka as the destination. After Kotka, St Petersburg is the destinaton. A few older signs display Vaalimaa only, the border station.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 07:59 PM   #310
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Driving on the E20 east of Tallinn, St. Petersburg (or rather, the Estonian exonym Peterburi) is signposted on all distance signs. Helsinki and Stockholm, which can be reached by ferry only, are also well signposted, even on your way to Tallinn. The distance signs shows distances that include the distance that you will spend on the sea.
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Yerevan and Tehran in Georgia....
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Old June 4th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #312
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Helsinki and Stockholm, which can be reached by ferry only, are also well signposted, even on your way to Tallinn. The distance signs shows distances that include the distance that you will spend on the sea.
Which is very confusing for those who don't know the geography.

At least they should have a symbol of a ferry on the sign.

In Helsingborg, Helsingör is marked with a ferry symbol, no distance sign.

Both Malmö & Copenhagen are signposted on both sides, because of the bridge.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 10:58 AM   #313
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People that do not know that there are seas between Estonia on the one hand and Sweden / Finland on the other hand may indeed get confused. But if your basic knowledge of geography is so bad, there is not an awful lot that signs can do for you anyway. You will probably not be able to make your way into Estonia in the first place.

So I can understand that the road authorities in Estonia are not accounting for people that do not know their seas. What I consider more of an argument is that many motorists will consider the distance to the ferry to be more relevant than the actual distance to Stockholm or Helsinki. In the Estonian context, the distance to the ferry is pretty much equal to the distance signposted to Tallinn - but a larger number of foreign motorists on the Estonian roads won't know that from the top of their heads.
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Yerevan and Tehran in Georgia....


You can post it together in the "long distance..." wow!
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Old July 30th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #315
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Geneva, surrounded by French territory: 4 French (and no Swiss) cities signed at this intersection

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Old July 31st, 2012, 05:44 AM   #316
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Old July 31st, 2012, 09:40 AM   #317
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Both the Dutch and German guidelines have provided for quite a while now that the endonym should be signposted. In The Netherlands, the rules changed somewhere in the 1980s (maybe even earlier, but it was in that age that signs were really changed), in Germany the RWBA 2000 was the first set to provide that the endonym should always be signposted - yet next to the exonym if Germans might have difficulties in understanding the endonym. But practice has been slow to follow. In NL, they failed to change Luik into Ličge for ages and we also still have signs for Herungen (mind you) on the A67. And Germany, well, just look at the photos.

Anyway, I never heard about a further agreement between the countries. Any further details?
Okay, you got me: What on earth is "Herungen"?!
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That's the Dutch exonym for Herongen, a village just behind the border in Germany. By the way, the neighboring village of Wankum is pretty interesting as well, at least for certain people:
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Wankum is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany The town's location, near the A40 autobahn close to the border with The Netherlands, is infamous with British motorists who pass the sign to the Wankum exit shortly after entering Germany and view the name with amusement (sometimes photographing it) due to its two syllables in written appearance. The first is a British slang term for masturbation and the second may be delivered in speech as a colloquial version of them. Wankum is not far from the municipality called Titz. On the outskirts of the town visitors can sometimes been seen celebrating the birthday of St. David. St David (or St. Rodney, as he is known is some parts), is the patron Saint of the over energetic slightly disorganised peoples of the world.
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Herungen is weird, why translate a German town with a Dutch name to a German name?

Titz is 50 kilometers from Wankum though. And even further from Wankdorf.
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That's the Dutch exonym for Herongen, a village just behind the border in Germany. By the way, the neighboring village of Wankum is pretty interesting as well, at least for certain people:
"St David (or St. Rodney, as he is known is some parts), is the patron Saint of the over energetic slightly disorganised peoples of the world."

The Germans can arguably be considered over-energetic, but they don't have the reputation of being even slightly disorganized. Not that I'd engage in that sort of stereotyping. ;-)
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