Deutsche Bundespost

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Deutsche Bundespost (DBP)
Deutsche Post (1947-50)
  • 1947;72 years ago (1947) as Deutsche Post
  • 1950;69 years ago (1950) as Deutsche Bundespost
DefunctJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) (privatized)
Headquarters Bonn, Germany
Number of employees
~544,000 (1985)
Parent Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency)
German letter box with an old post horn logo with flashes from the Deutsche Bundespost; above, the new stylised post horn logo from Deutsche Post AG German mailbox with an old Posthorn.jpg
German letter box with an old post horn logo with flashes from the Deutsche Bundespost; above, the new stylised post horn logo from Deutsche Post AG
Postal railway wagon of Deutsche Bundespost in Rottweil Postal railway wagon, Deutsche Bundespost.jpg
Postal railway wagon of Deutsche Bundespost in Rottweil

The Deutsche Bundespost (German federal post office) was a German state-run postal service and telecommunications business founded in 1947. It was initially the second largest federal employer during its time. After staff reductions in the 1980s, the staff was reduced to roughly 543,200 employees in 1985. The corporation was dissolved in 1995 under the first and second postal reforms that took place in the German Post Office. [1] [2] Following the reforms, the former Deutsche Bundespost was broken into three publicly traded corporations: Deutsche Post AG (German Post), Deutsche Telekom (German Telecom), and Deutsche Postbank AG (German Post Bank). [3]

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

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Politics of Germany National politics

Germany is a democratic, federal parliamentary republic, where federal legislative power is vested in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

A post office is a public department that provides a customer service to the public and handles their mail needs. Post offices offer mail-related services such as acceptance of letters and parcels; provision of post office boxes; and sale of postage stamps, packaging, and stationery. In addition, many post offices offer additional services: providing and accepting government forms, processing government services and fees, and banking services. The chief administrator of a post office is called a postmaster.



It was created in 1947 in the Trizone as a successor to the Reichspost (German imperial post office). Between 1947 and 1950 the enterprise was called Deutsche Post (German post office). Until 1989 the Deutsche Bundespost was a state-owned operation.

Reichspost was the name of the postal service of Germany from 1866 to 1945.


The Bundespost was developed according to a three-tier principle common in public administration in the Federal Republic of Germany. The upper stage consisted of the federal ministry for the post office and telecommunication system. The middle stage consisted of regional directorates (Bundespostdirektionen) and the state post office management (Landespostdirektion) under western Allied authority in West Berlin (see Deutsche Post Berlin (Deutsche Bundespost Berlin)) as of 1949/1955). The post office technical central office, telecommunication engineering central office, postal administration social office, and post offices) were on an equal level with the directorates. The lower stage consisted of post office branches, postal giro (akin to a checking account) savings bank offices and telecommunications office branches.

Public administration public leadership of public affairs directly responsible for executive action

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West Germany Federal Republic of Germany in the years 1949–1990

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Telecommunication Transmission of information between locations using electromagnetics

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The legal basis for the administrative activity of the Bundespost was the postal administration act (Postverwaltungsgesetz, abbreviated PostVwG). A central goal of public administrative policy after 1924 was financial self-sufficiency. Political goals, however, often superseded this goal. According to the PostVwG, the federal postal system was to be administered "according to the principles of the policy of the FRG, in particular trade, economic, financial and social policies" and "the interests of the German national economy."

The Deutsche Bundespost was the largest employer in the Federal Republic. In 1985 it employed 543,200 people.


In the first post office reform (July 1, 1989), the Bundespost was divided into three divisions (also called public enterprises): [3]

The central authorities remained as described above. The divisions were privatized in the second post office reform (January 1, 1995), resulting in: [2] [3] [4]

The federal ministry for post office and telecommunications (Bundesministerium für Post und Telekommunikation) retained oversight responsibility for postal services and telecommunications. After the dissolution of that ministry on 1 January 1998, those tasks were taken over by a new federal network regulatory agency ( Bundesnetzagentur , formerly RegTP) under the federal ministry for economics and technology. Other functions (such as the issuance of postage stamps) were taken over by the federal ministry of finance. Some telecommunications functions (including BOS radio) were turned over to the federal ministry of the interior.

For certain official and legal purposes (including certain financial, medical and other services for former postal civil servants), a "federal institution for post and telecommunication" (Bundesanstalt für Post und Telekommunikation) was created.

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  2. 1 2 "Art 143b GG - Einzelnorm".
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