Pošta Srbije (ЈП Пошта Србије Београд, Serbian Post)

Serbia

2020 Stamp Programme

  1.   21 January 2020:  Evacuation of the Serbian Army by the Italian Navy in World War I
  2.   24 January 2020:  Lunar New Year — Year of the Rat
  3.   20 February 2020:  Easter 2020
  4.   24 February 2020:  Lavender (Lavandula vera DC)
  5.   24 February 2020:  Children’s Online Safety
  6.   24 February 2020:  Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.)
  7.   24 February 2020:  Žiča Monastery
  8.   24 February 2020:  St. John᾿s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L.)
  9.   27 February 2020:  Serbian Post 180th Anniversary
  10.   03 March 2020:  Notable Serbian Persons — Momčilo Momo Kapor
  11.   10 March 2020:  Cities of Serbia — Kruševac and Čačak
  12.   20 March 2020:  European Nature Protection
  13.   01 April 2020:  Radio Studio B 50th Anniversary
  14.   13 April 2020:  Sport Anniversaries
  15.   22 April 2020:  International Year of Plant Health
  16.   05 May 2020:  EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes

Serbia (Србија), officially the Republic of Serbia (Република Србија), is a landlocked country situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. It borders Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, and Montenegro to the southwest. The country claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. Serbia’s population numbers approximately seven million without Kosovo or 8.8 million if the territory is included. Its capital, Belgrade, ranks among the largest and oldest citiеs in southeastern Europe.

Inhabited since the Paleolithic Age, the territory of modern-day Serbia faced Slavic migrations to Southeastern Europe in the 6th century, establishing several regional states in the early Middle Ages at times recognized as tributaries to the Byzantine, Frankish and Hungarian kingdoms. The Serbian Kingdom obtained recognition by the Holy See and Constantinople in 1217, reaching its territorial apex in 1346 as the relatively short-lived Serbian Empire. By the mid-16th century, the Ottomans annexed the entirety of modern-day Serbia; their rule was at times interrupted by the Habsburg Empire, which began expanding towards Central Serbia from the end of the 17th century while maintaining a foothold in Vojvodina. In the early 19th century, the Serbian Revolution established the nation-state as the region’s first constitutional monarchy, which subsequently expanded its territory. Following disastrous casualties in World War I, and the subsequent unification of the former Habsburg crownland of Vojvodina (and other lands) with Serbia, the country co-founded Yugoslavia with other South Slavic peoples, which would exist in various political formations until the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. During the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia formed a union with Montenegro, which was peacefully dissolved in 2006, restoring Serbia’s independence as a sovereign state for the first time since 1918. In 2008, the parliament of the province of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence, with mixed responses from the international community. Serbia is one of the European countries with high numbers of registered national minorities, while the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina is recognizable for its multi-ethnic and multi-cultural identity.

Pošta Srbije (ЈП Пошта Србије Београд, Serbian Post) is the national postal service of Serbia, with the headquarters in Belgrade. Public postal service was first introduced in Serbia in 1840. The Principality of Serbia (Kingdom in 1881) began to issue its own stamps in 1866. In 1874, it founded the Universal Postal Union together with 21 other countries. It continued to issue its own stamps until 1920, when its postal system was merged with the postal system of the former Austro-Hungarian territories with which it formed the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.

After the Germans established the Government of National Salvation in 1941 it issued its own stamps until 1944. Initially, Yugoslavian stamps were simply overprinted in German with the word Serbien. Later regular issues were inscribed both Serbien and Србија.

From 1944 onwards, Serbia was again part of Yugoslavia. Upon the dissolution of the union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, Serbia began issuing its own stamps once more. The Serbian Post issues the country’s stamps.