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International Year of Cooperatives – stamps by Costa Rica

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Correos de Costa Rica has issued a set of two postage stamps commemorating the 2012 year declared by the United Nations International year of Cooperatives.

Cooperatives are dedicated to the values of openness, social responsibility and caring for others. They are typically based on the cooperative values of "self-help, self-responsibility, democracy and equality, equity and solidarity" and the seven cooperative principles:

Voluntary and open membership
Democratic member control
Economic participation by members
Autonomy and independence
Education, training and information
Cooperation among cooperatives
Concern for community

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