Friday, 15 April 2016

GUINEA - BISSAU

Guinea-Bissau , officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (PortugueseRepública da Guiné-Bissauis a country in West Africa. It covers 36,125 square kilometers (13,948 sq mi) with an estimated population of 1,704,000. Guinea-Bissau is bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east, with the Atlantic Ocean to its west. Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, as well as part of the Mali Empire. Parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century, while a few others were under some rule by the Portuguese Empire since the 16th century. In the 19th century, it was colonized as Portuguese Guinea. Upon independence, declared in 1973 and recognized in 1974, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country's name to prevent confusion with Guinea (formerly French Guinea).



After a long waiting , finally the covers reached from Guinea-Bissau ! One of the rarest country for cover collectors, because of limited international relationship and poor economic standards. I sent these covers to their philatelic bureau in the last year. I ever expected the covers will be back. But came with perfect postmark and in a registered packet too! Guinea Bissau postal service have no own barcode labels, they just use machine chopping with a handwritten number for Registered mails. All international mails are going via Portugal, when it reach Lisbon sorting center, they affix a special barcode label and tracking number on all covers from Guinea-Bissau. Thai is why it looks different that regular Portugal R label. 
The covers posted on February 25, 2016 and I received them in my hands on April 13, 2016.  

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