Restoration of Estonian independence, 10th anniversary

Date of Issue : August 7, 2001
Designer : Mari Kaarma
Denomination : 4 kr 40 s
Perforation : 13¾:14
Sheet Content : 25 Stamps (5 x 5)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : 612 300
Order Number : 226-06-2000
First Day Cover Number : 2001-13
Eesti Post : Restoration of Estonian independence,
10th anniversary

On 20 August 1991, the Supreme Council of Estonia declared the independence of Estonia. It did so after consulations with leaders of the Committee of Estonia, an alternative representative body of the Estonian people. Together, the two legislatures set up a Constitutional Assembly on a basis of parity to work out the country's Constitution. The decision reestablished the independence Estonia had won in a War of Independence in 1918-1920 and lost when it was first occupied and then illegally incorporated by the Soviet Union in 1940. The declaration on the restoration of independence followed four years of an escalating but peaceful drive for freedom and was spurred by a coup attempt in the Soviet Union. The first country to recognize Estonia's new independence was Iceland on August 22, followed by Lithuania, Latvia, Russia (Aug. 24) and others. Feature on the stamp is the barn swallow, the Estonian national bird.

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