List of Branch Offices and Country Offices of Jehovah's Witnesses

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    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:57:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Hi everyone

    I'm trying to put together a comprehensive master list of Watch Tower Society branch offices that corresponds roughly with the figure published in the Worldwide report.

    I feel it would be useful to monitor the number and location of existing branch offices, because I believe the distribution of branch offices worldwide is a good indicator of the Society's financial wellbeing. We now seem to be entering a period of branch office closures, with last year seeing an unprecendented 16% reduction in branch office numbers over the year before. It will be interesting to see how things develop moving forward, but I'm hoping that by keeping a list of the offices we will be better placed to keep track of the "retreat" if branch office numbers continue to dwindle.

    Here we go...

    BRANCH OFFICES

    ALBANIA PO Box 118, Tiranë.
    ANGOLA Caixa Postal 6877, Luanda Sul.
    ARGENTINA Casilla 83 (Suc 27B), C1427WAB Cdad. Aut. de Buenos Aires.
    AUSTRALIA PO Box 280, Ingleburn, NSW 1890.
    BARBADOS, W.I. Crusher Site Road, Prospect, BB 24012 St. James.
    BELGIUM rue d'Argile­Potaardestraat 60, B­1950 Kraainem.
    BENIN 06 BP 1131, Akpakpa pk3, Cotonou.
    BOLIVIA Casilla 6397, Santa Cruz.
    BRAZIL CP 92, Tatuí, SP, 18270-970.
    BRITAIN The Ridgeway, London NW7 1RN.
    BULGARIA PO Box 424, 1618 Sofia.
    BURUNDI BP 2150, Bujumbura.
    CAMEROON BP 889, Douala.
    CANADA PO Box 4100, Georgetown, ON L7G 4Y4.
    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC BP 662, Bangui.
    CHILE Casilla 267, Puente Alto.
    COLOMBIA Apartado 85058, Bogotá.
    CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF BP 634, Limete, Kinshasa.
    CÔTE D'IVOIRE 06 BP 393, Abidjan 06.
    CROATIA PP 58, HR-10090 Zagreb-Susedgrad.
    CURAÇAO PO Box 4708, Willemstad.
    CYPRUS P.O. Box 11033, 2550 Dali.
    CZECH REPUBLIC P.O. Box 90, 198 00 Praha 9.
    DENMARK PO Box 340, DK-4300 Holbæk.
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Apartado 1742, Santo Domingo.
    ECUADOR Casilla 09-01-1334, Guayaquil.
    ESTONIA PO Box 1075, 10302 Tallinn.
    ETHIOPIA PO Box 5522, Addis Ababa.
    FIJI PO Box 23, Suva.
    FINLAND PO Box 68, FI-01301 Vantaa.
    FRANCE BP 625, F-27406 Louviers Cedex.
    GEORGIA PO Box 237, 0102 Tbilisi.
    GERMANY 65617 Selters.
    GHANA PO Box GP 760, Accra.
    GREECE Kifisias 77, GR 151 24 Marousi.
    GUAM 143 Jehovah St, Barrigada, GU 96913.
    HAITI PO Box 185, Port-au- Prince.
    HONG KONG 4 Kent Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon.
    HUNGARY Budapest, Pf 20, H-1631.
    ICELAND Sogavegi 71, 108 Reykjavík.
    INDIA PO Box 6441, Yelahanka, Bangalore-KAR 560 064.
    INDONESIA PO Box 2105, Jakarta 10001.
    ISRAEL PO Box 29345, 61293 Tel Aviv.
    ITALY Via della Bufalotta 1281, I-00138 Rome RM.
    JAMAICA PO Box 103, Old Harbour, St. Catherine.
    JAPAN 4-7-1 Nakashinden, Ebina City, Kanagawa-Pref, 243-0496.
    KENYA PO Box 21290, Nairobi 00505.
    KOREA, REPUBLIC OF PO Box 33, Pyungtaek PO, Kyunggi-do, 450-600.
    LATVIA A.k. 15, Riga, LV-1001.
    LIBERIA PO Box 10-0380, 1000 Monrovia 10.
    LITHUANIA Pd 2632, LT-48022 Kaunas.
    MACEDONIA Pf 800, 1000 Skopje.
    MADAGASCAR BP 116, 105 Ivato.
    MALAWI PO Box 30749, Lilongwe 3.
    MALAYSIA Peti Surat No. 580, 75760 Melaka.
    MAURITIUS Rue Baissac, Petit Verger, Pointe aux Sables.
    MEXICO Apartado Postal 895, 06002 Mexico, DF.
    MOZAMBIQUE PO Box 2600, 1100 Maputo.
    MYANMAR PO Box 62, Yangon.
    NETHERLANDS Noordbargerstraat 77, NL-7812 AA Emmen.
    NEW CALEDONIA BP 1741, 98874 Pont des Français.
    NIGERIA PMB 1090, Benin City 300001, Edo State.
    PAKISTAN P.O. Box 3883, Clifton, Karachi 75600.
    PAPUA NEW GUINEA PO Box 636, Boroko, NCD 111.
    PARAGUAY Casilla 482, 1209 Asunción.
    PERU Apartado 18-1055, Lima 18.
    PHILIPPINES PO Box 2044, 1060 Manila.
    POLAND ul. Warszawska 14, 05-830 Nadarzyn.
    PORTUGAL Apartado 91, P-2766-955 Estoril.
    PUERTO RICO PO Box 3980, Guaynabo, PR 00970.
    ROMANIA CP 132, OP 39, Bucuresti.
    RUSSIA PO Box 182, 190000 St. Petersburg.
    RWANDA BP 529, Kigali.
    SAMOA P.O. Box 673, Apia.
    SENEGAL BP 29896, 14523 Dakar.
    SERBIA PO Box 173, SRB 11080 Beograd/Zemun.
    SIERRA LEONE PO Box 136, Freetown.
    SLOVAKIA PO Box 2, 830 04 Bratislava 34.
    SLOVENIA pp 22, SI-1241 Kamnik.
    SOLOMON ISLANDS PO Box 166, Honiara.
    SOUTH AFRICA Private Bag X2067, Krugersdorp, 1740.
    SPAIN Apartado 132, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).
    SRI LANKA 711 Station Road, Wattala 11300.
    SURINAME PO Box 2914, Paramaribo.
    TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA BP 7715, 98719 Taravao.
    TAIWAN 3-12, Shetze Village, Hsinwu 32746.
    TANZANIA PO Box 7992, Dar es Salaam.
    THAILAND PO Box 7 Klongchan, Bangkok 10 240.
    TOGO B.P. 2983, Lomé.
    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Lower Rapsey Street & Laxmi Lane, Curepe.
    TURKEY PO Box 23, Feriköy, 34378, Istanbul.
    UGANDA PO Box 4019, Kampala.
    UKRAINE PO Box 955, 79491 Lviv - Briukhovychi.
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483.
    URUGUAY Cesar Mayo Gutierrez 2645, 12500 Montevideo.
    VENEZUELA Apartado 20.364, Caracas, DC 1020A.
    ZAMBIA PO Box 33459, 10101 Lusaka.

    ZIMBABWE Private Bag WG-5001, Westgate.

    (Total - 98)

    COUNTRY OFFICES

    ARMENIA PO Box 75, 0010 Yerevan.
    BELARUS PO Box 9, 220030 Minsk.
    COSTA RICA Apartado 187-3006 40104 Barreal de Heredia.
    EAST TIMOR P.O. Box 248, Dili.
    FAEROE ISLANDS Yviri við Strond 89, FO-100 Tórshavn.
    GREENLAND Box 184, 3900 Nuuk.
    GUATEMALA Apartado 711 01901-Guatemala, Guatemala.
    GUINEA BP 2714, Conakry 1.
    HONDURAS Apartado 147 11102 Tegucigalpa.
    IRELAND, REPUBLIC OF Churchtown Cottage, Churchtown Road Upper, Dundrum, Dublin 14.
    KAZAKHSTAN PO Box 198, Almaty, 050000.
    KYRGYZSTAN PO Box 80, 720080 Bishkek.
    MALTA IBSA House, Triq il-Waqqafa, Mosta MST 4486.
    MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF PO Box 472, MD-2005 Chisinau.
    NEPAL PO Box 24438, GPO, Kathmandu.
    NEW ZEALAND PO Box 75142, Manurewa, Auckland 2243.
    NICARAGUA Apartado 3587, Managua.
    NIGER B.P. 10 538, Niamey.
    NORWAY Gaupeveien 24, NO-1914 Ytre Enebakk.
    PANAMA Apartado 0819-07567 Panama, Panama.
    SUDAN PO Box 957, 11111, Khartoum.
    SWEDEN PO Box 5, SE-732 21 Arboga.

    To my knowledge, the following branches serve the following countries...

    United States branch serves Bahamas, Bermuda and Turks & Caicos Islands

    Germany branch serves Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

    Mexico branch serves Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize.

    Australia branch serves East Timor and New Zealand.

    Britain branch serves Malta and Ireland.

    Denmark branch serves Norway, Greenland, Faeroe Islands and Sweden.

    France branch serves French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion, St Barthelemy, St Martin and St Pierre & Miquelon

    I have pieced together the above information from the Society's website and yearbooks, but it is EXTREMELY difficult as the Society doesn't publish a "master list" of branches, so some of the above information is based on guesswork. As I said, if anyone can help in correcting the list and keeping it up-to-date, that would be superb. I'm hoping this thread can prove to be a valuable resource, both for myself and others.

    Cedars

    Fernando posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:10:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Sorry I can't be of much help except to comment that branches "serving" so-called publishers and other countries do so in the manner of Matt 23:13,15.


    (Matthew 23:13-15) . . .“Woe to YOU, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because YOU shut up the kingdom of the heavens before men; for YOU yourselves do not go in, neither do YOU permit those on their way in to go in. 14 —— 15 “Woe to YOU, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because YOU traverse sea and dry land to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one YOU make him a subject for Ge·hen′na twice as much so as yourselves.

    F jgnat posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:20:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Good luck with that. The structure is byzantine. In Canada, charities are listed on a public website.

    http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html

    You can find all the Kingdom Halls by searching for "Jehovah", and the branch office I think you call it, by searching "Watch Tower" (two words).

    As a side benefit, you can find their annual tax returns and their reported "income".

    F Gayle posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:31:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Joined 11/17/2006

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organizational_structure_of_Jehovah's_Witnesses

    this speaks of 30 "zones." What are these, I know, U.S. is one. I know there was a special "zone" invite day last year with a report that Barbara got for us.

    M slimboyfat posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:57:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Switzerland had one of the first international branches and now it has none.

    00DAD posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:01:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    cedars: I have pieced together the above information from the Society's website and yearbooks, but it is EXTREMELY difficult as the Society doesn't publish a "master list" of branches ...

    The lack of transparency by the leadership of this organization is curious.

    It's odd what this PUBLISHING company does and does NOT PUBLISH ...

    Things that make you go, "Hmmm!"

    stapler99 posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:13:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Good work!

    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:33:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    00DAD

    The lack of transparency by the leadership of this organization is curious.

    Very true. You would think at least one page of their three websites would be dedicated to giving a breakdown of precisely which offices are branch offices and which are country offices, but all you get is a list of addresses for each country, some of which are duplicated (i.e. because only one branch handles several countries).

    Perhaps they keep the list under wraps because it is on a "need to know" basis. It's also possible that they don't want people seeing that their branch numbers are decreasing, but then they declined to publish the branch numbers even when they were increasing, so it's hard to believe that's the reason. Either way, you are left with a complete lack of transparency - especially considering so much onus is placed on donating to the worldwide work. Surely if you're going to ask people to support it you should be a little more open about how it is being administered?

    What's frustrating is that the yearbook tells you only when new branches are dedicated - it doesn't give you a list of closures. For example, I only found out about Denmark taking on branch responsibility for Norway and Sweden on this forum. You simply wouldn't know about it otherwise. There is also a passing mention on page 16 of the Aug 15th Watchtower about six South American branches being "merged" with the Mexican branch, but this story was related in passing more as a way of boasting of how the brothers from various countries are working so well together now they have been thrust into the same offices.

    Cedars

    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:45:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    There is one small mystery I'm hoping one of our South American posters can help me out with.

    According to the 2004 Yearbook, the Guyana branch was dedicated on February 15, 2003. Less than 10 years later, this "branch" is missing from the Society's extensive list of worldwide offices. There is a "French Guiana" on the list (the address given is for the French bethel), but this is a different country altogether. It seems hard to believe that the fall from grace could be so swift and brutal that the country went from having its own branch in 2003 to not even a country office in 2012, but without any other information that seems the only reasonable conclusion to draw.

    Cedars

    M slimboyfat posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:13:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Joined 11/24/2004

    What's wrong with the list of the branches at the back of the Yearbook?

    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:31:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    slimboyfat

    What's wrong with the list of the branches at the back of the Yearbook?

    I take it you're referring to "Selected offices of Jehovah's Witnesses"?

    Firstly, they're "selected", so not necessarily a comprehensive list. Secondly, there is no indication of which offices are branch offices, and which are country offices.

    I'm afraid on this occasion there is method to my madness.

    Cedars

    00DAD posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:39:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    OK Cedars & Slimboy, let's not have a repeat of your last altercation! ...

    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:05:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    View Branch Offices of Jehovah's Witnesses in a larger map

    Weana posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:11:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Guyana bethel: there were just 8 members in bethel family; so reducing that branch is no big deal. Merged with Suriname?

    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:15:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Thanks for the heads up Weana, that's a small bethel family indeed!! It's nice to have a possible lead on Guyana's swift disappearance, after only being dedicated in 2003.

    Cedars

    Balaamsass posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:16:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Great thread.

    I guess one could send envelopes and see which ones come back "return to sender...address unknown".... return to sender....ta dum te dum

    I am curious as to branches or offices in countries with "liberal" banking and Hedge fund practices......

    Hey...who has an Elvis clip..

    Balaamsass posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:22:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    http://youtu.be/Z54-QHEZN6E

    Return to Sender....address unknown......

    Return to sender, return to sender
    I gave a letter to the post man, he put it his sack.
    Bright and early next morning, he brought my letter back.
    She wrote upon it:

    Return to sender, address unknown.
    No such number, no such zone.
    We had a quarrel, a lovers' spat,
    I'd write "I'm sorry" but my letter keeps coming back.

    So when I dropped it in the mailbox, I sent it "Special D"
    Bright and early next morning, it came right back to me.
    She wrote upon it:

    Return to sender, address unknown.
    No such person, no such zone.

    This time I'm gonna take it myself
    And put it right in her hand
    And if it comes back the very next day
    Then I'll understand.
    The writing on it:

    Return to sender, address unknown.
    No such person, no such zone.
    Return to sender, return to sender.

    cedars posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:26:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    lol, thanks Balaamsass!

    In case anyone missed it, I've put the 98 suspected branches on a Google map.

    Here is the link: http://goo.gl/maps/zYIlE

    I will obviously try to keep the map updated as and when branches close or are "merged".

    I intend to mark on the map the location of recently closed branches (such as Ireland, Norway, New Zealand etc) using black placemarks, but I'm too tired to do it now!

    Cedars

    M slimboyfat posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:09:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    Is that only selected branches?

    A similar video to this Mormon one might be interesting, showing first the increase in Watchtower branches, followed by the decline.

    www.youtube.com/video?v=zLBXf82qoMw

    M slimboyfat posted Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:11:00 GMT(8/18/2012)

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    This one is better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au9KiwEpyrw&feature=related

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