For 32 cents, Americans can mail a letter from Washington
to Hawaii. The same letter would cost more than twice as much
in many small European countries, such as Denmark
or Switzerland, and would travel only a fraction of the
distance. In developing countries, domestic postage is generally
cheaper, but the service is not as reliable.

Postal rates for a first-class domestic letter,
in the lowest weight class, for selected countries:

* airmail rate; surface mail 2.4 cents anywhere in China.

NOTE: Prices may vary slightly due to daily currency fluctuations;
prices are not adjusted for purchasing power

SOURCES: U.S. Postal Service, national embassies,
Washington Post foreign bureaus

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