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The Top 180 countries contributing to philately, by results of the year 2012

The Top 180 countries contributing to philately, by results of the year 2012
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StampNews.com has prepared its third research dealing with the activity of the post offices – this time from 180 countries - and their contribution in the development of international philately.

This year some big changes came over our ranking. But first of all we would like to emphasize the following countries: Mozambique, Congo Republic, Solomon Islands, Japan, France and United Kingdom, which issued more than 200 stamps in 2012. It is to single out Mozambique: it issued more than 400 stamps, but ranks only 17 in view of having a really poor website.

Thus, for the first time the first place is won by United Kingdom, the only country scored more than 600 points. Japan ranks second and is for the third time among the top three. Finally, Hong Kong, which held a place in the middle of top 100 during the previous rankings, is now among the top 10 and moreover, keeps the third place.

The top five is closed up by France and Italy, countries traditionally taking the leading places.

We would like to acknowledge the countries which, despite the low positions in the ranking, nevertheless provide philatelists and stamp enthusiasts from around the world best opportunity to acquire stamps on their online stamps stores, these are Guernsey, Hungary, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Faroe Islands, Estonia, Denmark, Greenland and Slovakia.

Overall, the year 2012 resulted in about 9500 designs of postal stamps issued, and this impressive figure is to gladden the hearts of true philately fans and collectors.

In this ranking we would also like to mention the countries, whose postal web-sites are among the top 100 of the most visited sites within their countries. These are (in descending order): Isle of Man, Brazil, Dominican Republic, New Caledonia, Algeria, Italy, Czech Republic, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Russia, USA, Israel, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada.

Top 10

Position in 2012
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Country
Contributing Ranking Index
1
United Kingdom
603
2
Japan
568
3
Hong Kong
529
4
France
525
5
Italy
521
6
Hungary
494
7
Marshall Islands
488
8
Thailand
480
9
Malta
478
10
Croatia
469

 

How this rating has been 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 2012. But not only this: the index is partly formed by the estimation of websites and their 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 2012. All the values were normalized according to the group maximal value.

 

Here is the full list: Top 180 countries contributing to philately, by results of the year 2012

Position in 2012
Country
Contributing Ranking Index

1

United Kingdom

603

2

Japan

568

3

Hong Kong

529

4

France

525

5

Italy

521

6

Hungary

494

7

Marshall Islands

488

8

Thailand

480

9

Malta

478

10

Croatia

469

11

Liechtenstein

459

12

Guernsey

458

13

USA

458

14

Monaco

452

15

Ukraine

452

16

Mozambique

450

17

Belgium

447

18

Papua New Guinea

447

19

Canada

445

20

Luxembourg

443

21

Faeroe Islands

441

22

Australia

441

23

Spain

441

24

Estonia

437

25

Denmark

436

26

Malaysia

434

27

Greenland

433

28

Romania

433

29

Slovakia

429

30

Austria

415

31

Finland

409

32

Gibraltar

404

33

Poland

403

34

Greece

400

35

Israel

398

36

Singapore

398

37

United Nations

393

38

South Korea

389

39

India

385

40

Ireland

385

41

Czech Republic

383

42

Russia

383

43

Serbia

379

44

Pakistan

378

45

San Marino 

375

46

Iceland

371

47

Taiwan

371

48

Namibia

370

49

Algeria

365

50

Vanuatu

365

51

Norway

361

52

Vietnam

354

53

Philippines

354

54

Vatican

353

55

Tunisia

352

56

Dominican Republic

351

57

Congo Republic

351

58

French Polynesia

350

59

New Zealand

349

60

Turkey

346

61

Aland Islands

343

62

St. Pierre and Miquelon

343

63

Barbados

339

64

Jersey

338

65

Uruguay

338

66

Kuwait

336

67

Isle of Man

335

68

Solomon Islands

332

69

Brazil

328

70

Uzbekistan

325

71

The Netherlands

325

72

Tanzania

323

73

Germany

320

74

Mexico

317

75

Sweden

317

76

Switzerland

309

77

Belarus

296

78

Falkland Islands

295

79

Ecuador

292

80

Latvia

291

81

Slovenia

291

82

Argentina

284

83

Lithuania

283

84

Bosnia and Herzegovina

281

85

Morocco

281

86

Kazakhstan

279

87

French Southern and Antarctic Territories

276

88

Mauritius

274

89

Macedonia

273

90

Gambia

273

91

New Caledonia

270

92

Togo

267

93

South Africa

266

94

Suriname

265

95

Bermuda

262

96

Tonga 

262

97

Costa Rica

261

98

Chile

258

99

Indonesia

251

100

Bulgaria

247

101

Trinidad & Tobago

246

102

Bulgaria 

234

103

Bolivia

233

104

Armenia

232

105

Sri Lanka

225

106

China

209

107

Norfolk Island

205

108

Bangladesh

201

109

Kosovo

199

110

Fiji

188

111

Georgia

188

112

Kenya

187

113

Jordan

183

114

Guatemala

179

115

Uganda

179

116

Ethiopia

177

117

Qatar

175

118

Botswana

174

119

Burkina Faso

174

120

Maldives

174

121

Nigeria

174

122

Portugal

173

123

El Salvador

172

124

Saudi Arabia

171

125

Afghanistan

161

126

Azerbaijan

154

127

North Korea

153

128

South Georgia

143

129

Palestinian National Authority (Gaza Strip and West Bank)

139

130

Moldova

136

131

United Arab Emirates

136

132

Cuba

133

133

Montenegro

125

134

Paraguay

125

135

St Helena

121

136

Ascension Island

112

137

 Egypt

110

138

Zimbabwe

110

139

Venezuela 

99

140

Brunei

98

141

Lebanon

95

142

Bhutan

94

143

Cambodia

94

144

Lesotho

94

145

Netherlands Antilles

94

146

Turkmenistan

94

147

St. Lucia

94

148

Yemen

94

149

Anguilla

86

150

Liberia

85

151

Iran

61

152

Bahamas

55

153

Oman

44

154

Cayman Islands 

43

155

Albania

37

156

Bahrain

34

157

Gabon

33

158

Tajikistan

33

159

Cyprus

32

160

Nicaragua

32

161

Jamaica

29

162

Syria

29

163

Honduras

25

164

Zambia

25

165

Nepal

23

166

Madagascar

19

167

British Virgin Islands

14

168

Cape Verde

14

169

Mauritania

14

170

Panama

14

171

Senegal

14

172

Comoros

12

173

Swaziland

6

174

Peru

0

 

 

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11 Comments

  • This list makes absolutely no sense at all!
    More then 200 stamps per year is not a contribution to philately, it is a killing of philately!
    And did anyone even checked the list?
    61 Mali (0 stamps in 2012!)
    91 Bletchley Park (???)
    142 Brunei
    151 Peru (0 stamps in 2012!)
    170 British Military Forces Overseas (???)
    173 Mauritania
    176 Mauritania (again?!)
    180 Brunei Darussalam (again?!)

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  • Regrettably, I have to comment that this table is bizarre. Why is issuing a large number of stamps a positive "contribution" to philately? On the contrary, I think that the production of large numbers of stamps by a postal administration is a strongly negative act which is helping to destroy philately, in particular the collecting of new issues. I agree entirely with Stewie1980 - the table appears to be a complete nonsense. What on earth is that mathematical formula about? I'm sorry to appear rather rude but this is one of the silliest things I have seen published about modern stamp issues in a while. Perhaps you can explain it more clearly. Finally, just what were the stamps issued by the British Military Forces Overseas?- they seem to be something that I have never heard of before.

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  • 2 Stewie1980:
    what about these Mali 2012 stamps??
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2051337.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0&_nkw=Mali+2012&_sacat=260&_from=R40

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  • or this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peru-2012-Orchid-odd-shape-1SS-MNH-Special-/221189853663?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337ff151df
    from Peru 2012

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  • Alex,
    They are not issued by Mali or printed with the approval of Mali and they are not valid for postage in Mali.
    They are printed by criminals, probably from the former USSR, to make money out of thematical collectors.
    These are just pieces of paper that look like stamps and they are worthless.

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  • A month later still no reaction from Stampnews...
    And what do I see now on 177? Zanzibar?!!!
    That country doesn't exist anymore for 50 years!

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