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About Greece

Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, as well as the Olympic Games.

The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages, locations and cultures. The Greek name of the country is Helias. In English, however, the country is usually called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia and literally means 'the land of the Greeks'.
When it comes to history, few countries in the world has as much wealth of History as Greece and this is also evident in its beautiful stamps as there are hundreds of historical events, beautiful locations and international anniversaries that are commemorated on its stamps.
Greece's first postal service was founded in 1828, at the time of Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire. This initial service included mail delivery and later the issuing of postage stamps until 1970. It was then succeeded by the Hellenic Post S.A. (abbreviated ΕΛΤΑ), which remains Greece's official postal provider. The first Greek stamps (known as "Large Hermes heads") were issued in 1861; by then, the postal service had expanded to operate 97 branches

Starting with the 1896 Olympic issue, Greece has issued a number of commemorative stamps. Subjects depicted include political and military leaders, athletic events, ancient and modern Greek culture, archaeological discoveries, and wildlife. The "Anniversaries and events" set of March 15, 1982 marked the first contemporary use of the ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ-HELLAS inscription. All Greece current stamps have the country name HELIAS printed on them.