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The Birthday of the Constitution of Lithuania in Immortalised in New Postage Stamps

Oct 31, 2017

To celebrate the day of the Constitution of Lithuania, Lithuania post issued a new miniature sheet “Twenty-five years of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania”. The postage stamps depict stylised pages of the Constitutions of 1791, 1922, and 1992. The postage stamps were issued on 28 October. 

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The celebratory miniature sheet, which is decorated with designs of Lithuanian folk art, consists of three postage stamps; the denomination of each of them is EUR 0.84, and the circulation is 20,000. The author of the new postage stamps is artist Roma Auškalnytė.

“A quarter of a century ago, the Constitution of restored independent Lithuania was adopted by the referendum of the entire Nation. It is not only the main and the most important law of the country, but it is also the decision of the citizens of the free country “to embody the innate right of the human being and the Nation to live and create freely in the land of their fathers and forefathers – in the independent State of Lithuania”.

With these postage stamps, we will remind not only ourselves, but also the whole world about the Lithuanian nation continually striving for an open, just, and harmonious civil society and state under the rule of law,” notes Tomas Bašarovas, ‎Head of Communication Group at Lithuania post.

By issuing the postage stamps with three dates, Lithuania post suggests looking back on the history of the development of Lithuania as a state under the rule of law. Dates in the postage stamps encode the years of adopting three different Constitutions. In 1791, the Constitution of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the first constitution in Europe and the second in the world, was adopted; in 1922, the Constituent Assembly of Lithuania drafted and adopted the first permanent Constitution, while on 25 October 1992 the citizens of Lithuania adopted the current constitution of the Republic of Lithuania by referendum.

The postage stamps also contain extracts from the documents of the Constitutions, which are depicted in different fonts on the background of the colours of the flag of the state of Lithuania.

The Constitution is the main law of the state; it has the strongest legal effect, enshrines the freedoms and rights of citizens, and establishes the foundations for the political, legal, and economic systems of the country.

Lithuania post issues 25–27 postage stamps per year. Lithuania post also provides courier, logistics, and financial intermediation services.