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Basic properties

The international paper size standard is based on the German DIN standard for paper sizes. Using the metric system, the base format is a sheet of paper measuring 1 m² in area (A0 paper size). Successive paper sizes in the series A1, A2, A3, etc., are defined by halving the preceding paper size parallel to its shorter side. The most frequently used paper size is A4 (210 × 297 mm).
While less common in office use, the B series is used for a variety of special situations. Many posters use B series paper or a close approximation, such as 50 cm × 70 cm; B5 is a relatively common choice for books. The B series is also used for envelopes and passports.
The C series is used only for envelopes. The practical usage of this is that a letter written on A4 paper fits inside a C4 envelope, and a C4 envelope fits inside a sturdier B4 envelope. 

 

Paper sizes (values in mm):

DIN A DIN B DIN C
0 841 x 1189 1000 x 1414 917 x 1297
1 594 x 841 707 x 1000 648 x 917
2 420 x 594 500 x 707 458 x 648
3 297 x 420 353 x 500 324 x 458
4 210 x 297 250 x 353 229 x 324
5 148 x 210 176 x 250 162 x 229
6 105 x 148 125 x 176 114 x 162
7 74 x 105 88 x 125 81 x 114
8 52 x 74 62 x 88 57 x 81
9 37 x 52 44 x 62 40 x 57
10 26 x 37 31 x 44 28 x 40

Some of the most commonly
used Formats (in cm)

90,5 x 125 World Format (B4)
64 x 102 English Format / Tourist poster (B4)

21 x 29,7 Letterhead (A4)
14,8 x 21 Memo (A5)
14,8 x 10,5 Postcard (A6)
16,2 x 11,4 Envelopes (C6)
21 x 10,5 Compliment Cards (A6/5)
22,9 x 11,4 Envelopes (C6/5)

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