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Diplomacy Row

January 21, 1988|researcher Tracy Thomas

Of 66 foreign consular offices in Los Angeles, 26 are along one thoroughfare--Wilshire Boulevard.

Consular offices issue passports and other documents to citizens of the sponsoring country who live in the area; issue visas to Americans wishing to travel in the country; look after the interests of citizens and businesses under treaties and other international agreements; report to home governments on political and economic conditions; and promote trade and tourism.

Consular offices are given formal titles roughly corresponding to their importance. The highest category is consulate general (headed by a consul general), followed by consulate (consul), vice consulate (vice consul), and consular agency (consular agent). Some countries have honorary consulates headed by unpaid officials, usually businessmen who represent the foreign governments as an avocation.

The Wilshire Boulevard consular offices, from west to east:

Address Office 1. 12400 Consulate General of Italy 2. 11859 Consulate General of Austria 3. 10960 Honorary Consulate General of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) 4. 10960 Consulate General of New Zealand 5. 10900 Consulate General of Saudi Arabia 6. 10880 Consulate General of Sweden 7. 9107 Consulate General of South Africa 8. 9100 Consulate General of Kenya 9. 8350 Consulate General of France 10. 6420 Consulate General of Peru 11. 6380 Consulate General of Israel 12. 6300 Consulate General of Spain 13. 6222 Consulate General of West Germany 14. 5455 Consulate General of South Korea 15. 4801 Consulate General of Turkey 16. 3921 Consulate General of Belgium 17. 3810 Consulate General of Brazil 18. 3807 Honorary Consulate of Jamaica 19. 3701 Consulate General of Britain 20. 3600 Consulate of Columbia 21. 3550 Consulate of Argentina 22. 3460 Consulate General of the Netherlands 23. 3460 Consulate General of the Philippines 24. 3440 Consulate of Barbados 25. 3440 Consulate General of Denmark 26. 3440 Consulate General of Switzerland

Source: California Institute of Public Affairs, Claremont.

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