Voting is now open on the competition that chooses the most beautiful EUROPA stamp of the year!
The theme this year is “Stories & Myths”, which is just a brilliant topic. Every country has its own mythical creatures, legends or sagas connected to their own history which are part of that country’s DNA. Sometimes they are based on historical events or geographical oddities, and sometimes they are just fantastical adventures that evolve with each retelling, often infused with magical tones to explain the inexplicable.
I love this theme and the stamps coming out of it — give me all the dragons and witchcraft, haunted castles and tales of shipwrecks, nymphs and brave heroes that save the people! There are some gorgeous designs in this year’s selection, inviting us to discover each country’s folklore and oral traditions. You can see the full gallery on this page.
What do you think of the stories and myths that were chosen to be featured on this year’s stamps? Which one will get your vote? And if you’re not from Europe, which legends from your own country do you think would be worthy to be featured on a stamp? Let’s share our country’s best stories in the comments below!
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And, again, Italy has not issued nor announced its ones yet :(
I wish Canada would get that creative in their stamps.
My favorite one isn't very traditional however, it's the stamp from the Serbian postal service of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the black monkey. I find it so modern, so transgressive! I also really like the stamps from Slovakia and Germany.
I find it great to have the opportunity to vote for our favorite Europa stamp, it's a bit like the Eurovision of stamps :-)
I'm curious about the story behind the Sweden stamp with the beautiful flowers.
For so many years in a row, Belgium (my motherland) has edited a stamp, so expensive you will never find it on a postcard. Well done Belgium ! ! ! (NOT !!!!)
The Austrian stamp is really, surprisingly, wonderful. I already have it at home and have sent it out also. <3
1. I've lived here for about 5.5 years so far;
2. The sujet on the stamp corresponds with the region where I live (Medea, Jason's wife, is riding in an ancient car: as we know from the Greek mythology, Jason found the golden fleece in Kolchis, - now this is the region in the western part of Georgia where I live);
3. Frankly speaking, I didn't like the other stamps and feel really upset because I haven't found Belarus and Russia in the list. Otherwise I would definitely vote for Russia as the fairy tales' characters are familiar to and beloved by many postcrossers. And. please, don't forget that the Russian postcrossing community is one of the largest ones in the world.
However I voted for Guernsey - wonderful stamp! and I also liked Croatia, Faroer and Aland :-)
1st place - Belarus ( Have you seen how beautiful these stamps are? https://cdn.belpost.by/storage/attaches/2022-04-28/nkLpIL1Dx76b1gLa.jpg )
2nd place - Russia (https://sun9-59.userapi.com/s/v1/ig2/oO7msaHCw2iXHVQ19sJTM46Vi3bIz5xw_UMBB9iw165yqRmwJa2pksXVNnYwmtF8G0w0wABOEhw-7mf7cpvOmM_u.jpg?size=439x593&quality=96&type=album)
3rd place - Sweden
For russians and belarusian, it's not fair that your stamps arent presented?
Maybe it's not fair that Ukrainians are killed?
Hope to stay alive and see Ukrainian Europa stamp
In second place for me is the postage stamp of Belgium!
Lithuania and Belgium really caught the attention for me.
My close choice was Sweden, Serbia, Norway, Latvia, Guernsey and Croatia. I checked the link of some users for Russia, which is also very nice.
In the end I went for Croatia...
PS I miss the Ukrainian stamps very much (
But my very favourite are the Finnish ones.
UKRAINE is not here this year... we all miss Ukraine so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love the dutch one too, as I love the story of the woman of Stavoren (all though dreadful story).
Now I'm curious about all that myths and legends of other countries; hope I can find the tales in my language or English 🐉🦄🧙🏻♂️🧚🏻♀️
Irish one is really scary!
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