How to translate in German:

There aren't many of these city distance signs around.


London 10000km
Singapore 2000km

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I don't think there's a fixed term for them. So instead of using a bureaucratic word like Distanzanzeiger or some clumsy noun creation, I'd choose a description.

Es gibt in dieser Gegend nicht viele von diesen Schildern, die die Entfernung zu internationalen Großstädten anzeigen.


The shortest German term i know for this is

Schilder, die die Entfernung zu Weltstädten zeigen

or for the entire pole with many such sings:

Schilderbaum, der die Entfernung zu Weltstädten zeigt

I cannot deny that this is a relative clause and that therefore some people may struggle with accepting this as a word. (Although when we start into debating word boundaries I might even win that debate.)

Now, for the sake of experimenting, we could try to create one-word-solutions:


This would be a working solution, not too long, and unambiguously intelligible.

More beautiful, but perhaps not that practical as not fully self-explanatory would be:


This impresses through compendiousness and an inner alliteration.

It could be used for the single sign as well as for the entire contraption (pole and multiple signs).

The problem with both of them is that probably the first place where these words have ever been published is... here.

Later thoughts...

I am developing the feeling that perhaps


might be in use somehow, although it is clearly totally unspecific and could mean a plethora of other things, too.

  • How about Überallhinweiser?
    – Janka
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 21:57
  • Also, Südpolweiser does match, because it's the only sort of Wegweiser that has the south pole on it.
    – Janka
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 22:01
  • "Weltstadtentfernungsschild: This would be (...) unambiguously intelligible." - okay, aber rein vom Begriff her ist mir jetzt noch nicht klar, ob so ein Schild schon im Voraus aufgestellt wird oder erst, während an der Stelle gerade eine Weltstadt entfernt wird ;) Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 15:51

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