Key: 5420  
Country:
Group: Europe, West
Volume: 55
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.
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Inscriptions
ZURICH
GENEVE
POSTE LOCALE
STADT POST BASEL
ORTS-POST
RAYON I
RAYON II
RAYON III
FRANCO value in Rappen
HELVETIA
JUBILE DE L'UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE 1875-1900
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CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA
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Index
SWITZERLAND (HELVETIA)
      Cantonal Administration -1850
         Zurich
         Geneva
         Basel
      Federal Republic 1850-
         Official Stamps
         Franchise Stamps
         Postage Due Stamps
         Telegraph Stamps
 
Currency
100 Rappen or Centimes = 1 Franc
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