In 2004 Ireland issued this stamp to mark the
entrance of 10 new countries, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuanaia, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and
Slovenia, into the European Union. The map shows the older members of
the Union in blue and the new members in yellow.
Cyprus appears to have been relocated and is shaped
like the island of Crete. An Post (the Irish Post Office)
states, "What appears to be Crete is in fact Cyprus. The map has
been tweaked and Cyprus did not fit into the perspective, so we had to
move it.... it [the design] is not intended to be a map of Europe....
We won't be selling them in Crete...."
The stamp also has several national borders missing: the
border between Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on
the island, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the
border between Norway and Sweden, the one between the Czech
Republic and the Slovak Republic and the one between Hungary and