|Key: ||5500 |
|Group: ||Europe, West|
|Issued: ||2225 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 131,944 sq.km; Population - 10,623,000; Capital - Athens
A Republic, located in southeastern Europe, one of the five Balkan States.
Ancient Greece is known as the 'Mother' of Western civilization. Economy
mainly based on agriculture and tourism.
Formerly a Kingdom until 1924, when a Republic was established by plebiscite.
The Kingdom was restored in 1935 until a military coup overtook control of the
government in 1967, and a Republic was re-established in 1973.
During the Balkan Wars in 1912-1913, Greece overtook parts in western Turkey and
some of the Aegean Islands. This territory was later known as NEW GREECE and
included the islands of CHIOS, ICARIA (IKARIA), LEMNOS, Lesbos (see MYTILENE) and SAMOS
which are today part of Greece. Also following the Balkan Wars, by the London
Treaty of 1913, CRETE was officially united with Greece and is in fact its
largest island. Between 1914-1916 Greece occupied the territory of northern
Epirus (see under EPIRUS), which is today part of ALBANIA (SHQIPERIA), while the southern
part remained within the Greece territory. Stamps were also issued between
1913-1920 for the territory of THRACE which was at that time occupied by Greece
and is today divided among Greece, BULGARIA and TURKEY.
The IONIAN ISLANDS, off the western coast of Greece, which are today part of it,
were occupied by Italy and Germany during World War II. Following World War II
the island of RHODES (RODI) and the DODECANESE ISLANDS were ceded to Greece.
First Greek stamps were issued in 1861. Direct UPU membership since July 1st,
1875. Annual output about 30.
|ELL in Greek script|
ELLAS in Greek script
Cretan stamps overprinted 1922 etc...
Postage Due Stamps
Charity Tax Stamps
|100 Lepta = 1 Drachma|