Europa 2023 Peace – Austria

“Peace – the highest value of humanity” is the motto of this year’s EUROPA stamp.

Since 1956, EUROPA stamps have been issued with a common motif or Europe-related theme. For 30 years, PostEurop has been the responsible organisation for issuing these stamps. In a design competition in which ideas from many countries were submitted, the design now executed by Post Luxembourg was chosen as the winner.

The design is by Linda Bos and Runa Egilsdottir (A Designersʼ Collective), who see it as a new peace sign uniting all nations, a metaphor for a cooperative society in which people appreciate each other’s culture. It is inspired by the “Celtic Love Knot” of two intertwined hearts, the intertwined fingers symbolising mutual respect, the colours the different nations. Based on this motif, all European postal services had the option to design their own stamps.

Austria issued a 1.20 euro stamp on 05 May 2023. Print run -190,000