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Fryslan

     Fryslan (Friesland) is the maritime province which includes land reclaimed from the former Zuider Zee area. The capital is Leeuwarden. (which is in the map above the 4 in 1498). Ruled as a county of the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages, Friesland passed to Saxony in 1498 and, after a revolt, to Charles V of Spain. In 1579 it subscribed to the Treaty of Utrecht, opposing Spanish rule. The stamp is part of a set issued in 1998 to commemorate the half-millennium of Fryslan as a part of the Netherlands.

SCN 998

Municipalities

     The stamp was issued in 1987 to recognize the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Union of the Netherlands Municipalities.

SCN 720

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