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2020 Stamp Programme

  1.   17 January 2020:  Symbols of the Lithuanian State:  Historic Paper Banknotes
  2.   31 January 2020:  Red Book of Lithuania Birds
  3.   07 February 2020:  Partisans’ Lithuania
  4.   06 March 2020:  Modern Lithuanian Institutions 100th Anniversary
  5.   06 March 2020:  To Independence of Lithuania – 30 Lietuvos
  6.   08 May 2020:  Sigismund Augustus, Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland 500th Anniversary [postponed?]
  7.   29 May 2020:  Gastronomic Heritage — Cold Pink Lithuanian Soup [postponed?]
  8.   05 June 2020: Elijah of Vilnius, the Vilnius Gaon, 300th Birth Anniversary [postponed from 10 April]
  9.   12 June 2020:  EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes [postponed from 24 April]
  10.   12 June 2020:  Hill of Crosses
  11.   19 June 2020:  Gastronomic Heritage — Cold Borscht
  12.   24 July 2020:  Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020
  13.   11 September 2020:  Lithuania Independence Fights
  14.   25 September 2020:  Contemporary Art of Lithuania — Photography
  15.   30 October 2020:  Ethnic Minorities and Communities in Lithuania — Byelorussian
  16.   27 November 2020:  Holy Christmas and New Year

From Wikipedia:

Lietuvos paštas

Lietuvos paštas is the company responsible for postal service in Lithuania. The company was established on November 16th 1918 and this date celebrate as Post Lithuania day.

In 2018 Lithuanian Post consisted of 546 fixed post offices, 85 mobile service locations and 120 smart postmen in 12 districts.

Founded: 16 November 1918
Headquarters: Vilnius, Lithuania
Website: www.post.lt/en

History

On 11 July, 1562 the Grand Duke of Lithuania and king of Poland Sigismund Augustus commissioned Christopher Taxis to organise a regular mail transport route Vilnius-Krakow-Vienna-Venice. At that time, letters between Krakow and Vilnius were delivered in 7 days.

The importance of post increased after 1583 when the Polish King Stefan Batory enforced standardised mail charges, thus providing universal access to mail. At that time, mail began to be delivered on a regular basis.

On November 16, 1918, the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry minister Martin Yčas signed a decree establishing a Lithuanian postal board. This date is considered the official founding day of Lithuanian postal history and is celebrated as national post day.

World War II destroyed Lithuanian international relations ending both postal and rail transport. Lithuanian Post activity became completely dependent on Moscow.

Post office in Vilnius (Gedimino prospektas 7). Vilniaus apskrities centrinis paštas. Build 1886 as Sniadecki palace, architect Julian Januszewski (born 1857). Reconstruction by Algimantas and Vytautas Nasvytis (1969). Photo taken in 2007 by Alma Pater.

On October 7, 1990 mail came into circulation once again with the release of the first independent Lithuanian stamp series – “Angel”. On December 17, 1991 Lithuania decided to reorganise the management structure of national communications, separating postal and electrical connections and forming two separate state enterprises: Lithuanian Post and Lietuvos Telekomas acting as the public telephony operator.

In 2006 the company was reorganised into a joint stock company.

The group of companies of Lietuvos paštas, which has the widest network of access points to services in the country, provides not only postal services, but also services of logistics, financial intermediation, and electronic services.


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