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The Top 140 countries contributing to philately, by results of the year 2009

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The company StampNews.com has prepared the first-time research dealing with the activity of the post offices from 140 countries and their contributions in the development of international philately.

As its aim the research had to rank the countries according to the quantity of new stamps issued (not the overall quantity of copies, but the number of new releases) in the year 2009 as well as to estimate the user-friendliness of the post offices’ websites. Also we took into account the availability of each site’s English version, the presence and ease of use of an e-shop.

New Issues
First of all we would like to make special mention of two countries – Japan and France – which issued in the year 2009 more than 300 and 210 stamps respectively.

They are followed by those countries which issued from 100 to 150 stamps in 2009. In decreasing order these are: Cuba, New Zealand, India, the Philippines, Russia and Portugal. The third group of countries – United Kingdom, Australia, China, Spain, Venezuela, Malaysia, USA, Thailand, Turkey, Italy, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Hungary, Mexico – issued from 70 to 100 stamps.

Online Shops
43 websites of the world’s Post Offices earned the highest mark, in the opinion of the StampNews.com editorial staff. Among them are the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Spain, USA, Italy, Isle of Man, Hungary, Mexico, Guernsey, Jersey, Sweden, Argentina, South Korea, Serbia, Maldives, Israel, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Slovenia, Gibraltar, Malta, Uruguay, Belarus, French Polynesia, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Luxembourg, Chile, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Bermuda, Morocco, Norfolk Island, Faeroe Islands, Namibia, Estonia.

Here are the Top 10:

Position in 2010
Country
Contributing Ranking Index
1
Japan
760
2
France
652
3
Philippines
597
4
United Kingdom
588
5
Australia
586
6
China
586
7
Spain
580
8
USA
562
9
Italy
550
10
Isle of Man
541

 

Here is the full list of Top 140 countries contributing to philately in 2010

Position in 2010
Country
Contributing Ranking Index
1
Japan
760
2
France
652
3
Philippines
597
4
United Kingdom
588
5
Australia
586
6
China
586
7
Spain
580
8
USA
562
9
Italy
550
10
Isle of Man
541
11
Hungary
539
12
Mexico
537
13
New Zealand
535
14
Guernsey
533
15
India
525
16
Jersey
519
17
Sweden
519
18
Portugal
515
19
Argentina
515
20
South Korea
515
21
Serbia
509
22
Maldives
507
23
Israel
504
24
Papua New Guinea
500
25
Singapore
500
26
Slovenia
498
27
Gibraltar
488
28
Malta
488
29
Uruguay
482
30
Belarus
478
31
Turkey
472
32
French Polynesia
470
33
Iceland
470
34
Lithuania
468
35
Norway
468
36
Luxembourg
466
37
Chile
463
38
Macedonia
463
39
Kazakhstan
459
40
Slovakia
459
41
Bermuda
455
42
Morocco
453
43
Norfolk Island
453
44
Brazil
451
45
Romania
451
46
Faeroe Islands
451
47
Namibia
449
48
Estonia
445
49
Russia
437
50
South Africa
435
51
United Nations
435
52
Austria
433
53
Pakistan
433
54
Bulgaria
427
55
Canada
427
56
Germany
427
57
Bolivia
427
58
French Southern and Antarctic Territories
427
59
Switzerland
424
60
Poland
422
61
Ukraine
414
62
Thailand
394
63
Ireland
394
64
Liechtenstein
394
65
Sri Lanka
390
66
Uzbekistan
390
67
Vatican
390
68
Denmark
388
69
New Caledonia
384
70
Indonesia
381
71
Montenegro
377
72
Latvia
375
73
Belgium
373
74
Tunisia
371
75
Guatemala
369
76
Cyprus
367
77
Cuba
361
78
Greenland
359
79
Aland Islands
355
80
Moldova
349
81
Taiwan
349
82
Finland
347
83
Fiji
345
84
Malaysia
324
85
Comoros
318
86
Greece
318
87
Croatia
316
88
Dominican Republic
312
89
Iran
306
90
St. Helena
303
91
Algeria
301
92
Jordan
295
93
British Military Forces Overseas
289
94
Bosnia-Hercegovina
279
95
Kenya
265
96
Bangladesh
264
97
Cambodia
263
98
Egypt
256
99
Botswana
256
100
Anguilla
252
101
Saudi Arabia
250
102
Venezuela
248
103
Ecuador
240
104
Azerbaijan
238
105
Vanuatu
223
106
Ethiopia
219
107
The Netherlands
219
108
Tajikistan
207
109
Vietnam
199
110
Kosovo
197
111
Mauritius
197
112
Qatar
197
113
Mali
193
114
Barbados
191
115
Costa Rica
187
115
Lebanon
178
117
Swaziland
176
118
Tanzania
176
119
Bhutan
174
120
Trinidad & Tobago
172
121
Hong Kong
164
122
Albania
156
123
Gambia
156
124
Mozambique
156
125
El Salvador
150
126
Czech Republic
146
127
Syria
133
128
Gabon
127
129
Armenia
121
130
United Arab Emirates
115
131
Bahamas
109
132
Nicaragua
107
133
Ascension Island
105
134
Peru
105
135
Cape Verde
92
136
Jamaica
92
137
Oman
92
138
Senegal
92
139
Kuwait
88
140
Palestinian National Authority (Gaza Strip and West Bank)
88

 

Year 2011

Next year we will be able to follow up more fully the dynamics of the situation, and are planning to take into account the website traffic.

How this ranking was arrived at:

The Offices were rated by the non-dimensional index characterizing their contribution. It is defined at 60% by the quantity of newly issued stamps in 2009. But not only this: the index is partly formed by the estimation of websites and internet shops. The index is calculated by the formula:

    index(i) = 0.4 х Ai/Amax + 0.6 х Bi/Bmax

where Ai is the integral website and e-shop mark, and Bi is the general quantity of new stamps issued in 2009.

All the values were normalized according to the group maximal value.

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