The Dutch Group consists of Netherlands and its few overseas colonies of
Netherlands Antilles (including Curacao), Aruba, Surinam and Netherlands
Indies (Indonesia of today). The Dutch overseas colonies date back as far as
the 17th century. Following World War II the Peoples of Netherlands Indies
declared their independence as the state of Indonesia, while Surinam became an
overseas member of the Netherlands Union in 1954 and fully independent in 1975.
Of its colonies, the island groups of Netherlands Antilles and Aruba are still
linked to the Kingdom of Netherlands, holding the status of equal overseas
member states with complete domestic autonomy. The Dutch language is one of the
official languages in Surinam, Aruba and Netherlands Antilles.
Facts unique to the Dutch Group:
- Same postage due stamps for individual countries, distinguished only by color
Common types of inscriptions or overprints in the Dutch Group:
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