Europa stamps 2018: A round-up of stamps issued on the theme of 'Bridges'


18 October 2018
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In this special guest blog, Europa stamp expert and blogger Jurgen Haepers gives us a round-up of the many European stamps issued on the 2018 Europa theme of 'Bridges'

The 2018 Europa stamps season is reaching an end. We saw miles of 'Bridges' (this year’s common theme) on the Europa stamps this year. Those stamps were issued by 63 European countries and territories (Albania is expected later this year).

The only postal administration who didn’t take part to this issue this year is the Royal Mail – unless we have a surprise issue before the end of the year!

Let’s have a closer look to the issues we have got this year.

Europa stamps issued in 2018

Greenland the first territory to issue their stamps has so few bridges that the depicted a bridge of ice made in an iceberg. Armenia issued their stamp less than a month ago and also went for a natural bridge on their stamp. The Luxembourg post organised a drawing contest for school children. The result is a more figurative interpretation.

Armenia Europa StampLuxembourg Europa Stamp

The other stamps are depicting old or traditional stamps as we can see with the issue of the Netherlands and those traditional Dutch lifting bridges.

Netherlands_Europa_Stamp

Switzerland chose to illustrate on of their stamps with the Spreuer Bridge in Lucerne, the oldest preserved wooden bridge in Europe (inaugurated in 1408)! We have also a set of old stone bridges: Andorra, Cyprus, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Switzerland Europa Stamp 2018Croatia Europa Stamp 2018Bosnia Europa Stamp 2018

Italy has selected the bridge on the Metauro River in Fermignano. This bridge dates from Roman times with three arches built in blocks of stone, as for the contiguous tower which served for the defence of the city.

Italy Europa Stamp 2018

The issue of Finland is also interesting as it focuses on small and little known structures: a wooden bridge in the middle of an agricultural landscape and a wilderness bridge on a lake.

Finland Europa Stamp 2018Finland Europa Stamp 2018

Most of the other countries decided to promote their civil engineering skills by showing all kinds of modern cable-stayed bridges. For example Norway and an impressive souvenir-sheet showing the the spectacular Hardanger suspension bridge.

Norway Europa Stamp 2018

We have modern motorway bridges in Slovenia and Hungary, a dam (and not a bridge) on Jersey’s stamp depicting Queen's Valley Reservoir. 

Hungary Europa Stamp 2018Jersey Europa Stamp 2018

Modern pedestrians and bicycle bridges in Kazakhstan, Iceland or France.

Kazakhstan Europa Stamp 2018Iceland Europa Stamp 2018

Railway bridges in Latvia, Romania and also on of the two Irish stamps with the Boyne Viaduct, a railway bridge built in the mid of the 19th century on the Boyne River in Drogheda. One of the six Isle of Man stamps issued for the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary features the Europa logo and is also featuring a the Ballure Viaduct.

Isle of Man Europa Stamp 2018

The Bulgarian post has chosen the Lovech Covered Bridge, a wooden bridge housing numerous shops. Only three other similar bridges exist in Europe (Lucerne, Florence and Erfurt).

Bulgaria Europa Stamp

Finally, as usual PostEurop organised a contest to find the best Europa stamps. The first award was judged by a jury composed of seven philatelists, whilst a second competition invited the general public to vote via the PostEurop website. The Jury prize has been awarded to Belgium and Turkey won the public online voting with Poland and Georgia finishing second and third. PostEurop was proud to announce that this year’s voting had a record number of 23,000 votes. 

Belgium Europa Stamp 2018Turkey Europa Stamp 2018

If you also want to have your say, you can still vote on my blog for this year’s best Europa set

With thanks to Jurgen (http://europa-stamps.blogspot.com)
From the January 2019 issue onwards, you can read Jurgen's monthly round-up of the latest Europa stamps in every issue of Stamp Collector magazine (the new name for Stamp & Coin Mart)