<p>Search bugs need to be reported to <a href="https://github.com/openstreetmap/Nominatim/issues">https://github.com/openstreetmap/Nominatim/issues</a> which is the tracker for our geocoding engine.</p>
<p>We do prioritise nearby places though, or at least we pass the search engine the current viewport so that it can do so. I believe it doubles the size of that box and considers anything in that area as "near" rather than doing a full global sort by distance which may be the issue you are seeing.</p>

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