Switzerland offer olive branch stamp for 'Peace' theme


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09 May 2023
Switzerland's contribution to the 2023 Europa theme of 'Peace' shows an olive branch held aloft as a symbol of peace.

Whilst the 'Peace knot' design from Luxembourg received the most votes in the competition to find this year's common Europa stamp design, Swiss Post also submitted a design for the European vote and this artwork is now being used for Switzerland's contribution. 

Published in Switzerland on a separate sheet, as an accompaniment to the Luxembourg stamp, it features the olive branch, a cross-cultural symbol of peace that goes back many centuries.

The complementary colour composition of the hand-drawn illustration gives the branch a special vibrancy. The hands holding it aloft with their combined strength are an emblem of our collective effort to achieve a better world, and the stamp symbolizes the importance of peace as the highest value of humanity.

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The 'olive branch' stamp was designed by Elisa Debora Hofmann, was issued on 9 May, and was printed by Cartor Security Printing.