René Sager, Lucerne
EUROPA stamps have been produced since 1956. They represent cooperation in the postal sector, particularly in relation to promoting philately. They also help to raise public awareness of Europe’s shared roots, culture and history.
PostEurop, the Association of European Public Postal Operators, has run a competition to find the best EUROPA stamp design every year since 2002. Each time, over 11,000 votes are cast in the competition, which has been held online for several years. This year’s theme of bridges is well suited to Switzerland: there are around 3,000 bridges in the national road network alone, with over 8,200 bridges in the rail network adding to the total. Whereas bridges made of wood and later iron were predominant in the past, most modern bridges are constructed of concrete. The two Swiss EUROPA stamps combine old and new. Firstly, the Spreuer Bridge, built in Lucerne in the 13th century, is the oldest surviving wooden bridge in Europe following the Chapel Bridge fire. Secondly, the Trift Bridge is one of the longest and highest pedestrian-only suspension bridges in the Alps. At 100 metres high and 170 metres long, it is recommended only for those with a head for heights!
Take part in PostEurop’s online competition from 9 May 2018 and choose the best EUROPA stamp 2018. Each country may enter only one motif. Switzerland’s entry is the “Trift Bridge” special stamp.