|Key: ||5420 |
|Group: ||Europe, West|
|Issued: ||1889 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 41,288 sq.km; Population - 7,283,000; Capital - Bern
A Republic, located in central Europe, bordering Germany, France, Italy and
Austria. One of the oldest Republics in the world, industrially and economically
well developed. Exporting machinery, chemicals, textiles, etc. Swiss watches and
clocks are world famous. One of the most attractive touristy resources
worldwide. The state comprises 26 cantons, formerly separately administrated
until 1850, when the Swiss Federation was founded.
First stamps were issued by the cantons of: Zurich in 1843 (in fact 2nd stamp
publishing territory in the world), Geneva (1843) and Basel (1845) all of which
for local use within the specific canton. The Basel canton actually issued a
single stamp very well known as the 'Basel Dove', also being 1st worldwide
embossed stamp. From 1850 Federal stamps were issued with the Latin inscription
'Helvetia', which was a compromise between the various Swiss official languages.
Two very well known series, annually published are the 'Pro Juventute' since
1913 and 'Pro Patria' since 1954.
Switzerland is hosting the largest number of International Offices, mainly due
to its neutrality (see under SWITZERLAND, Offices), as well as the UN Offices
in Geneva (see UNITED NATIONS, Geneva).
Direct UPU membership since July 1st, 1875. Annual output about 35.
STADT POST BASEL
FRANCO value in Rappen
JUBILE DE L'UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE 1875-1900
VIEL SONNENSCHEIN IM NEUEN JAHR!
Cantonal Administration -1850
Federal Republic 1850-
Postage Due Stamps
|100 Rappen or Centimes = 1 Franc|
United Nations, Geneva