The first Swiss families settled in the Dominican Republic in the 19th century. Official bilateral relations did not begin until 1936, however, when Switzerland appointed Frederic Schaad to be its first Honorary Consul and opened a consulate in Santo Domingo. This was changed to a consulate-general in 1959, then upgraded to an embassy in 2007. For its part, the Dominican Republic opened an embassy in Bern in 1999.
To commemorate this anniversary of relations between the two countries, a joint issue will focus on these commonalities. The linking element of the stamps is therefore the landscapes: water on the two Swiss stamps and mountains on the two Dominican ones (text: Swiss Post).
The stamps were issued in sheets of sixteen stamps in se-tenant pairs. Swiss Post offers also a first day cover with both issues and both first day cancellations (image: please scroll down).
The two Swiss stamps show one of the Lacs de Fenêtre in the Pennine Alps and the beach of Playa Bávaro in the Dominican Republic. The Lacs de Fenêtre are three small mountain lakes at an altitude of about 2'500 metres above sea level in the Val Ferret between the Great St. Bernhard Pass and the Mont Blanc massif. The Lacs de Fenêtre are renowned for the spectacular views towards mountain summits of the Mont Blanc massif with the imposing Grande Jorasses. Swiss Post choosed for the postage stamp a less spectacular view towards south. The summit in the center is Mont Fourchon 2'902 m on the Swiss Italian border.
The left part of the illustration on the first day cover shows a view from the Lacs de Fenêtre towards the Pointe des Trois Lacs 2'797 m in the east.