Key: 4580  
Country:
Group: Italian
Volume: 44
Issued: 1312 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 637,657 sq.km; Population - 7,488,000; Capital - Mogadishu
A Republic in eastern Africa, south of Ethiopia, on the Indian ocean. Economy
based on agriculture and livestock breading.
Former colony of ITALY, incorporated into ITALIAN EAST AFRICA in 1936. Occupied
by British forces in 1941 (see MIDDLE EAST FORCES) and administrated by Great Britain
until 1950, then again administrated by Italy until 1960 in which it joined
with British SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE to create the independent Somali Republic.
Since 1969 Somali Democratic Republic.
In 1991 the northern part broke away from Somalia and formed its own nation
a Republic of SOMALILAND not internationally recognized.
First stamps issued in 1903 with heading 'Benadir' (Italian territory on the
coast of Somaliland). Several indirect UPU memberships, direct since 1959.
Annual output about 30.
The overprint E.A.F. = East African Forces
The overprint B.M.A. = British Military Administration
The overprint B.A. = British Administration
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Inscriptions
BENADIR
SOMALIA ITALIANA overprinted on stamps of Italy
SOMALIA overprinted on stamps of Italy
SOMALIA ITAL
SOMALIA
SOMALIA ITALIANA
E.A.F. overprinted on stamps of Great Britain
B.M.A. SOMALIA overprinted on stamps of Great Britain
B.A. SOMALIA overprinted on stamps of Great Britain
SOMALI DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
JUM. DIM. SOMALIYA
JAM. DIM. SOOMAALIYA
J.D. SOOMAALIYA
J.D. SOOMAALIYEED
J. SOOMAALIYA
SOOMAALIYA

Index
SOMALIA
      Benadir
      Italian Somaliland -1941
      British Occupation 1941-48
      British Mil. Administration 1948-50
      British Administration 1950
      Italian Administration 1950-60
      Republic 1960-
      Democratic Republic 1969-
      Parcel Post Stamps
      Postage Due Stamps
      Authorized Delivery Stamps
 
Currency
16 Annas = 1 Rupee (1903)
100 Centesimi = 1 Lira (1905, 1926)
100 Besas = 1 Rupee (1922)
100 Cents = 1 Shilling (1948)
100 Centesimi = 1 Somalo (1950)
100 Cents = 1 Somali Shilling (1961)
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Related Countries

ITALY
Italy

ITALIAN EAST AFRICA
Italian East Africa

MIDDLE EAST FORCES
Middle East Forces

SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE
Somaliland Protectorate

SOMALILAND
Somaliland