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People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

country in the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa with Algiers as its capital. In terms of land area, it is the largest country in Africa, the Arab World and of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea; it is also the tenth-largest country in the world.[12] The country is bordered in the northeast by Tunisia, in the east by Libya, in the west by Morocco, in the southwest by Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali, in the southeast by Niger, and in the north by the Mediterranean Sea. Its size is almost 2,400,000 square kilometres (926,645 sq mi) with an estimated population of 36.3 million as of 2011
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Algerian Postal History

Algeria, located in North Africa, was under French control from the 1830s until independence in 1962.

Early postal history

The beginning date for postal history in Algeria is unclear, but letters sent by Europeans in Algiers go back to 1690. Oran was controlled by Spain during much of the 18th century, and a postal marking is known from 1749.
Regular postal service came in with the French rule in Algeria, initially as a military post established in 1830 in Algiers, which was then opened to civilians in 1835, but still using military handstamps until 1839, after which datestamps with town names became standard. The service expanded into the interior along with French control, with 295 post offices in operation by 1880.

First stamps

Algerian mail used stamps of France beginning 1 January 1849. Early cancellations were a simple grill similar to French usage, but after 1852 the service switched to a lozenge of dots surrounding a number identifying the post office.

Twentieth century

Beginning in 1924, French stamps were overprinted "ALGÉRIE", eventually to total some 32 types over the next couple years. These were superseded in 1926 by the first stamps inscribed for Algeria, the series consisting of four typographed designs showing local scenes, and ultimately consisting of 35 types, ranging from 1 centime to 20 francs. Algeria's first commemorative stamp, a 10-franc value depicting the Bay of Algiers, marked the 100th anniversary of French control. A new definitive series in 1936 again depicted local scenery, using eight engraved designs for 31 values.
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Albanian Postal Service

Albanian Post Office s.a. is the only public postal operator in Albanian market which leads administrates and develops the national postal network which has also the obligation of fulfilling the basic postal services. The company assures a wide range of traditional postal services (letter post, postal parcels, and the service of money order), EMS express service, business services as well as financial services (fast money transfer, payment of tax and duties, distribution of retirement pensions, encashment of telephone bills, electricity bills and other payments).

In August 2002, the Albanian Banc gave to “Posta Shqiptare“ sh.a. the license for financial activity as an “ non-banc financial organization”
The motto of Posta Shqiptare sh.a. is: “Always close to you and at your service”.
From www.e-albania.al