Stamps in 2012: featuring the Bosatlas and special country houses

The Hague – In the first half of 2012, PostNL will be issuing a stamp sheetlet celebrating the most widely used of Dutch school atlases, the Bosatlas. This sheetlet is being issued on the occasion of the publication of the new Bosatlas in 2012, and in recognition of the changes happening in the world, society and education. Since its first appearance in 1877, the Bosatlas has helped determine how generations of Dutch people see the world.

PostNL will also be issuing a Beautiful Netherlands series, this time dedicated to special country houses in the Netherlands. A country house, known as a buitenplaats in Dutch, is a large house or mansion, often with outbuildings, that forms a harmonious whole with a surrounding garden or park. Examples include Mattemburgh and Vollenhoven. Long ago this sort of summer residence was an important phenomenon in the Netherlands where, especially in what is now the Randstad conurbation, it embodied the special bond between town and country. It is estimated that, since their arrival in the 17th century, some six thousand country houses of varying sizes have been built in the Netherlands. Of this number a mere ten percent, or around six hundred remain today. These remaining houses are distributed throughout the Dutch provinces.
The full PostNL stamp issue programme for the first half of 2012 is as follows:
2 January
Personal Stamps 2012: KLM Europe 
Personal Stamps 2012: KLM World
30 January
Beautiful Netherlands 2012: Mattemburgh* 
Beautiful Netherlands 2012: Amstenrade 
The Dutch Red Cross
27 February
Beautiful Netherlands 2012: Trompenburg* 
Beautiful Netherlands 2012: Vollenhoven* 
125 Years of Albert Heijn 
125 Years of the Dutch Salvation Army
26 March
Europe Stamps: Visit 
Dutch stamps: Visit 
Now that deserves a card!
23 April
The Netherlands Open Air Museum
21 May
Anniversary Stamps 2012 
Beautiful Netherlands 2012: Middachten* 
Beautiful Netherlands 2012: Collective sheet**
18 June
The Netherlands in the Bosatlas
*) Only available in the featured location. 
**) Only the Beautiful Netherlands 2012 collective sheet will be included in the Year Pack of Dutch Stamps 2012. 
The stamp programme is subject to change.