Saturday, 6 May 2017

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - SABA

Saba (/ˈsɑːbə/; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsaːbɑ]) is a Caribbean island and the smallest special municipality (officially public body) of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 887 metres (2,910 ft) the highest point of the entire Netherlands.
Saba has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq mi). As of January 2013, the population was 1,991 inhabitants, with a population density of 150 inhabitants per square kilometre (390/sq mi). Its towns and major settlements are The Bottom (the capital), Windwardside, Hell's Gate and St. Johns. The origin of the name "Saba" comes from the Arabic word Sabha, meaning the Biblical kingdom of Sheba.
Saba became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010. In 1963 Saba residents built the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. This 400-metre (1,300 ft) landing strip is reputed to be the shortest commercial runway in the world, and is restricted. Only trained pilots flying small STOL airliners, such as the Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman Islander may land there, as well as helicopters.

This beautiful registered airmail cover sent from Windwardside post office, Saba Island. The cover posted on April 05, 2017 and I received in my hands on May 05, 2017. Caribisch Nederland consists of 3 islands - Bonaire, Saba and St.Eustatius, each Islands use own stamps but use the same country code. The postal service operator is FXDC from 2014, a private company, after Cpost International of Curacao stopped their postal service in Caribisch nederland due to increased cost of operations.
FXDC issues beautiful thematic stamps and promote philatelic service through WOPA. Thank You FXDC post office staff for the perfect covers.
 

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