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Turkey’s 2022 stamps

Written by catpaw

December 30, 2021

It’s time for a look at Turkey’s 2022 stamps. I discovered a lot about Turkey last year, by way of researching their 2021 stamp program. A couple of gems popped up that gave me a fresh appreciation of Turkey’s history and art. The best of last year was definitely Paintings of Our Turkish Painters featuring Turkish artist Devrim Erbil.

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The only disappointing thing about the Turkish stamp program is the lack of information on designers. I’m still scouring the internet looking for details, but so far no luck. 

This year is already exciting. I’ve plunked in some details ahead of the stamps releases, in hopes you become as excited as I am about the topics. So far they include the popular EUROPA and EUROMED competitions. This year’s EUROPA covers myths and legends and EUROMED is underwater archaeology. Turkey will also issue a stamp for the 2022 Qatar FIFA championship and another COVID issue along with a number of important centenaries. 

A good year coming up and I’m looking forward to seeing the designs. 


Nostalgic Means of Transportation


Nostalgic means of transportation 

Nostalgic means of transportation FDC  



4 stamps, FDC, cancel, 4 sheets of 9

  • AFC Brill TC-44 Trolleybus
  • MAN Electric Tramway Motor Car
  • Vapored and Single-Propeller Ferry of Şirket-i Hayriye
  • E-8000 Series Alstom Suburban Train

Designer: Eray Coşkun
Industrial designer, Coşkun has a special passion for motor art. You can read a little more about him here Eray Coşkun Art – in 2 motorsports.

Release date: January 7, 2022




Reflections Turkey 2022 Mallard duck Reflections 1

Reflections FDC  


2 stamps, FDC, cancel, 2 sheets of 10

Photographers: Okan Akyürek, Erdal Türkoğlu 

Release date: February 24, 2022


Alaeddin Yavaşca

Alaeddin Yavaşca 



1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Biography – Prof. Dr. Alaeddin Slowly (

Release date: March 1. 2022

Combating the Global Pandemic

Combating the Global Pandemic cancel of a facemask Turkey 2022 

Combating the Global Pandemic Single stamp TURKEY 2022 

Combating the Global Pandemic FDC TURKEY 2022 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

Release date: March 11, 2022

Opening of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge (Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü)

Opening of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge (Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü) 

Opening of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge (Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü) 

 Opening of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge (Çanakkale 1915 Köprüsü) 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

The Çanakkale is also known as the Dardanelles Bridge. 1915 Çanakkale (  This will be the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opens March 2022.  Çanakkale Köprüsü produced this time lapsed video of the bridge being built. It’s fun to watch and marvel to consider.


Release date: March 18, 2022

Wild Flowers
2nd in series

Turkey 2022 Wild Flowers Turkey 2022 Wild Flowers Turkey 2022 Wild Flowers

Turkey 2022 Wild Flowers Turkey 2022 Wild Flowers

5 stamps

Release date: March 21, 2021

Cittaslow Cities

Citislow cities in Turkey 2022 cancel

 Cittaslow cities Turkey 2022

Cittaslow cities Turkey 2022


The Movement of Cittaslow was born in 1999 through the Paolo Saturnini’s brilliant intuition, past Mayor of Greve in Chianti, a little town of Tuscany.

The new idea of considering the town itself and thinking of a different way of development, based on the improving of life quality , moved him to spread his thoughts all over our country. Fastly his ideals were endorsed by Mayors of towns of Bra (Francesco Guida), Orvieto ( Stefano Cimicchi) and Positano ( Domenico Marrone) as well as they met later the president of slow food Carlo Petrini’s support. The main goal of Cittaslow, was and still is today, to enlarge the philosophy of Slow Food to local communities and to government of towns, applying the concepts of ecogastronomy at practice of everyday life. Association | Cittaslow International

Release date: March 24, 2022


EXPO’21 Hatay

EXPO'21 Hatay cancel 

 EXPO'21 Hatay Souvenir sheet

EXPO'21 Hatay FDC

1 stamp on souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

Homepage – EXPO 2021 Hatay

Designer: Cüneyt Akin 

Release date: April 1, 2022

Mustafa Kemal Pasha

Mustafa Kemal Pasha Definitives cancel 

 Mustafa Kemal Pasha Definitives

2 stamps, FDC, cancel 

FDC Photo: Department of Atatürk Research Centre of Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History

Designer: Hakan Dogu

Release date: April 7, 2022


Turkey 2022 Kites cancel 

 Turkey 2022 Kites single stamps

Turkey 2022 Kites FDC 

Turkey 2022 Kites sheet oneTurkey 2022 Kites sheet two 

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, 2 sheets of 9

Kite Museum | Turkey’s only Kite Museum and Kite Workshop ( 

Designer: Esra Ilter Demirbilek
Demirbilek is known for her children’s book illustrations at home in Turkey and internationally. She took an interesting path to graphic design, via a 16 year engineering career. Some of her best known works are Çılgın Deneyler Kulübü and Yeryüzü Takımı. 

Release date: April 23, 2022


EUROPA 2022 – Stories and Myths

Turkey EUROPA 2022 cancel 

 Turkey EUROPA 2022 stamps

Turkey EUROPA 2022 FDC

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Turkey has previously won the EUROPA online competition 6 previous times. 


Köroglu is a just, brave, courageous, warm hearted, faithful hero and folk poet in the tradition of the Turkish folk tale.In the stamp image, Koroglu was expressed on a rampant gray horse spreading its wings in a desire to avenge his father (Ürüşan baba), who had unjustly lost his eyes at the behest of the local ruler. While the ‘ram’s horn’ motif symbolizes the heroism of Köroglu, the ‘eye motif’ on the evil eye bead reminds of Köroglu’s father, who lost his eye due to horse selection. These motifs, which are embroidered into weavings and beads, also reflect Anatolian Aesthetics.
PTT Turkish Post office

Designer: Selçuk Ören Selçuk Ören | COMIC BOOK WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR (
Check out Ören’s website to see some of his great graphic novel artwork. 

Release date: May 9, 2022

Cheeses from Turkey

Turkish cheeses sheet stamps 

 Turkish cheeses sheet stamps

 Turkish cheeses sheet stamps

Turkish cheeses sheet stamps

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, sheet of 10

Kars Kashar / Kars Eski Kaar Peyniri – traditional hard cheese from northeastern Turkey. Made of cow’s milk and sometimes mixed with sheep or goat milk. From the provinces of Kars and Ardahan

Van herbed / Van Otlu peyniri – a sheep or cow’s milk cheese with origins dating back 200 years and using traditional herbs from the region. From the province of Van. Garlic and wild herbs are used in it’s creation.

Diyarbakir knitted  – a cheese from Diyrabakir region, southeastern Anatolian region. Gets it’s name from the knitted shape.  

Trabzon string cheese – from the Black Sea mountain region.

Balikesir Basket cheese – cheese from the Aegean sea region of Turkey.

Çorum Kargı – from the Black Sea region. Made with yeast with fig juice and non-iodized salt. Made without heat treatment and matures in 3 months. 

Ezincan Tulum – white creamy sheep’s milk cheese made with yeast and kemah salt.

Çanakkale Ezine – mix of sheep, goat and cow milk from Anatolian region. Animals graze on natural vegetation of the Çanakkale area, including marjoram, sage, oregano, mint and thyme. Full fat, brined cheese. 

All About the Wide Variety of Turkish Cheese (

Release date: May 17, 2022


World Environment Days

 World Enviroment day 

World Environment Days stamp one World Environment Days stamp two  


World Environment Days sheet of both stamps

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, sheet of 10

World Environment Day | United Nations  

Designer: Orhan Ateş 
Ateş is a illustrator and teacher from Bursa, Turkey. His children’s illustrations are often whimsical and charming. Freelance illustrator | Orhan ATEŞ ( 

Release date: June 5, 2022





2 stamps, FDC, cancel, sheets of 10

Designer: Hülya Kormaz

Release date: June 21, 2022


Mahmut Gazi Yaşargil – Neurosurgeon of the Century  


Yaşargil was named Neurosurgeon of the Century in 1999 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He was responsible for training a generation of neurosurgeons.

In the micro-neurosurgical anatomical laboratory in Zurich, he trained around 3000 colleagues from all continents, representing all surgical specialties. He participated in several hundred national and international neurosurgical congresses, symposia, and courses as an invited guest. Yaşargil is held in high regard in the Turkish society and is respected as an exemplary role model for Turkish youth. Mahmut Gazi Yasargil – Global Shakers

Release date: July 6, 2022

EUROMED 2022 – Marine Archaeology  


Release date: July 9, 2022



Natural Wonders of the Canyons in Turkey – Turkey Holidays 2021 ( 

Release date: July 27, 2022


2022 Islamic Solidarity Games


The 5th Islamic Games will run from August 9 to 18, 2022 at Konya, Turkey

Release date: August 9, 2022

Centenary of the Great Victory


Release date: August 30, 2022


Our Cultural Assets


Release date: September 1, 2022

Neşet Ertaş 1938-2012


Turkish folksinger. Neşet Ertaş – ANA SAYFA (

This video is from a 2003 Turkish TV show Beyaz. Although there are many audio recordings on-line, I opted for this show because it features a great live performance. If you speak Turkish, you’ll get much more out of the clip, but the performances are excellent and you don’t need to speak the language to appreciate him and his talents.

In these clips you can see Erta playing a traditional instrument called a bağlama.


Release date: September 25, 2022


Centenary of the Armistice of Mudanaya  | Mudanya Mütarekesi


Release date: October 11, 2022


2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar


Release date:  November 21, 2022


Common Life in Nature


Release date: December 14, 2022

See Turkey’s 2021 stamps 

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