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2020 Stamp Programme

  1.   12 February 2020:  Sea Life
  2.   12 February 2020:  Flightless Birds
  3.   12 February 2020:  Australian Trains
  4.   12 February 2020:  Marilyn Monroe
  5.   12 February 2020:  Napoleon Bonaparte 250th Birth Anniversary
  6.   12 February 2020:  Launch of Luna 1 60th Anniversary
  7.   12 February 2020:  Alexei Leonov Tribute
  8.   12 February 2020:  Orchids
  9.   12 February 2020:  Big Cats
  10.   12 February 2020:  Sharks
  11.   12 February 2020:  Dinosaurs
  12.   12 February 2020:  Eagles
  13.   12 February 2020:  Pigeons
  14.   12 February 2020:  Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary
  15.   12 February 2020:  Parrots
  16.   12 February 2020:  Flying Dinosaurs
  17.   12 February 2020:  Indigo Birds
  18.   12 February 2020:  Butterflies
  19.   12 February 2020:  Falcons
  20.   12 February 2020:  Ducks
  21.   12 February 2020:  Shells and Fossils
  22.   12 February 2020:  Special Transport
  23.   12 February 2020:  Lunar New Year — Year of the Rat
  24.   12 February 2020:  Battle of Leyte Gulf 75th Anniversary
  25.   12 February 2020:  Launch of Mars Polar Lander 20th Anniversary
  26.   12 February 2020:  Marlins
  27.   12 February 2020:  Paul P. Harris
  28.   12 February 2020:  Memorial Sculpture ”Fallen Astronaut”
  29.   12 February 2020:  Cats
  30.   12 April 2020:  Tigran Petrosian 90th Birth Anniversary
  31.   12 April 2020:  Orchids (Series 2)
  32.   12 April 2020:  Trams
  33.   12 April 2020:  Submarines
  34.   12 April 2020:  Tall Ships
  35.   12 April 2020:  High Speed Trains
  36.   12 April 2020:  Nobel Laureates 2019
  37.   12 April 2020:  Trains of Norway
  38.   12 April 2020:  Ships and Vessels Sunk by Submarine
  39.   12 April 2020:  Whales
  40.   12 April 2020:  Prehistoric Water Animals
  41.   12 April 2020:  Military Planes
  42.   12 April 2020:  Bees and Hornets
  43.   12 April 2020:  Dogs
  44.   12 April 2020:  World of Minerals — Germany
  45.   19 July 2020:  Mushrooms
  46.   19 July 2020:  Endangered Species
  47.   19 July 2020:  Orcas
  48.   19 July 2020:  Manatees
  49.   19 July 2020:  Turtles
  50.   19 July 2020:  Owls
  51.   19 July 2020:  Butterflies (Series 2)
  52.   19 July 2020:  Spirit Landing on Mars 15th Anniversary
  53.   19 July 2020:  Beginning of World War II 80th Anniversary
  54.   19 July 2020:  Russian Trains
  55.   19 July 2020:  RMS Titanic
  56.   19 July 2020:  Scouting
  57.   19 July 2020:  Fire Engines
  58.   19 July 2020:  Lighthouses
  59.   19 July 2020:  Birds of Paradise
  60.   23 July 2020:  Mushrooms (Series 2)
  61.   23 July 2020:  Dinosaurs (Series 2)
  62.   23 July 2020:  Shells
  63.   23 July 2020:  Kingfishers
  64.   23 July 2020:  Extinct Birds
  65.   23 July 2020:  Fishes
  66.   23 July 2020:  Discovery of Antarctica Bicentenary
  67.   23 July 2020:  Elvis Presley 85th Birth Anniversary
  68.   23 July 2020:  Buzz Aldrin 90th Birth Anniversary
  69.   23 July 2020:  Solo Flight of Amelia Earhart 85th Anniversary
  70.   23 July 2020:  Operation ” Black Friday ” 75th Anniversary
  71.   23 July 2020:  Liberation of Nelson Mandela 30th Anniversary
  72.   23 July 2020:  Alain Prost 65th Birth Anniversary
  73.   23 July 2020:  Kobe Bryant Tribute
  74.   23 July 2020:  Global Warming

Maldives (/ˈmɔːldiːvs/, US: /ˈmɔːldaɪvz/; Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ, romanized: Dhivehi Raajje), officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small archipelagic island country in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) from the Asian continent’s mainland. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south to the Equator. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 515,696 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the “King’s Island” where the ancient royal dynasties ruled for its central location.

The Maldives archipelago is located on the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean; this also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos Archipelago and Lakshadweep. With an average ground-level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the world’s lowest-lying country, with even its highest natural point being one of the lowest in the world, at 5.1 metres (17 ft).

In the 12th century Islam reached the Maldivian archipelago, which was consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa. From the mid-16th-century the region came under the increasing influence of European colonial powers, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887. Independence from the United Kingdom came in 1965, and a presidential republic was established in 1968 with an elected People’s Majlis. The ensuing decades have seen political instability, efforts at democratic reform,[15] and environmental challenges posed by climate change.

The Maldives became a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is also a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper-middle income economy. Fishing has historically been the dominant economic activity, and remains the largest sector by far, followed by the rapidly growing tourism industry. The Maldives rate “high” on the Human Development Index,[11] with per-capita income significantly higher than other SAARC nations.

The Maldives was a member of the Commonwealth from July 1982 until withdrawing from the organization in October 2016 in protest at allegations by the other nations of its human-rights abuses and failing democracy. The Maldives rejoined the Commonwealth on 1 February 2020 after showing evidence of functioning democratic processes and popular support.