Danish post issued a stamp and a souvenir featuring new electric bicycle as a part of Europa 2013 series. ‘Postal Vehicles’ is the theme of this year’s EUROPA stamp.
The Danish stamp shows the new three-wheel electric bicycle Post Danmark has developed in collaboration with the Danish bicycle manufacturer Nihola. The electric bicycle has been introduced as part of the efforts to cut Post Danmark’s CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020.
Estonia post issued a stamp of the bird of the year featuring Partridge. The Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix) is a small bird of the pheasant family who mainly lives in farmland – in fields as well in pasturelands.
It passes the winter in groups, often in the vicinity of human settlements. The winter groups split up in April when coupling takes place. In the nesting period, in May to June, they lead a very covert way of life.
Taiwan Post issued a set of four stamps of Food grains each featuring a type of gramineous plants, including Oryza sativa, Setaria italica, Zea mays, and Triticum aestivum.
1. Oryza sativa (NT$5): Commonly known as rice, it is an annual, herbaceous plant. The rice has long, slender leaves, with parallel veins, and covered with minute hairs. The flowers are arranged in panicles. When mature, the fruit is golden yellow in color, and the seed, milky white. Rice prefers warm and rainy weather. In Taiwan, rice is grown primarily in Changhua, Yunlin and Chiayi Counties. It is also a staple food for the people of Taiwan.
Belgium post issued a set of two stamps featuring postal vehicles as a part of Europa 2013 series. The sheet depicts the daily routine of the postal van.
EUROPA stamps are special stamps issued by European postal administrations and bears the official EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark under the aegis of PostEurop in which Europe is the central theme.
Liechtenstein post issued a stamp for the Europa 2013 with the theme “Postal vehicles”. For this year’s issue, as for many before, the proven approach of collaborating with the Liechtenstein School of Art was adopted.
Within the preliminary course there a competition was announced at the end of which the winner was a worthy young designer, Mirjam Büchel (born 1992) from Schellenberg. With her winning entry “Vehicle Wheels” (face value CHF 1.40) she seeks to express through a contemporary design that, contrary to the widely held opinion, among young people there is nothing old-fashioned about writing letters.
The Turkish post issued two stamps in the Palaces series featuring Yildiz Palace. Yildiz Palace (meaning “Star Palace”) is a vast complex of former imperial Ottoman pavilions and villas in Istanbul, Turkey, built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was used as a residence by the Sultan and his court in the late 19th century.
The area of the palace was originally made of natural woodlands and became an imperial estate during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I (1603-1617). Various sultans after Ahmed I enjoyed vacationing on these lands and Sultans Abdülmecid I and Abdülaziz built mansions here.
Faroese island post issued a set of stamps featuring various seafood. The cold North Atlantic with its strong currents, cold temperatures and a benign maritime flora and fauna are providing excellent breeding grounds for the abundance of fish and shell fish prevailing in these waters, yielding a truly tasty and healthy gastronomical experiences for both the locals as well as the growing numbers of gastronomical travelers.
Vanuatu Post issued stamps of the Dogs, Vanuatu Best Friends, in conjunction with Sam’s Animal Welfare Association.
Founded in 2005 in Port Vila, Sam’s Animal Welfare Association works with the community in Vanuatu to provide animal welfare services and education programs especially in schools, on the humane treatment of all animals in Vanuatu and the many benefits of owning such pets. Such benefits include companionship, safety and responsibility.
Croatia post issued a set of stamps of Children’s world pets featuring four breeds of dogs, Bichon Frisé, Yorkshire, German Shepherd Terrier and Golden Retriever.
It is a cute puppy, very likable and sociable. Extremely adaptable, cheerful and animated, bichon has gained many admirers since it appeared in the beginning of 70-ies of the last century as a relatively unknown breed. It is actually an old breed considered to be of French origin although exact origin is not known.
Estonia post issued the Estonian Flag stamp, the first Estonian self-adhesive postage stamp with non-traditional perforation.
The national flag of Estonia is a tricolour featuring three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), black, and white. The normal size is 105 × 165 cm. In Estonian it is colloquially called the “sinimustvalge” (literally “blue-black-white”), after the colours of the bands.
The combination of the blue, black and white colours of the Estonian national flag is one of the most important and most beloved national symbols.