Index to Countries with Petrol Company Maps
Czech Republic (& Czechoslovakia)
No petrol company maps are known from Albania, Belarus or Malta. Albania suffered from a highly repressive dictatorship from 1944-90 and a difficult transition to democracy, still has much of the downstream market controlled by a state-owned entity, Armo, although there are understood to be a substantial number of privately owned filling stations built from the early 1990s onwards. The Greek brands Eko & Elda are also believed to have entered the market. Belarus has never really shaken off its Soviet-style dictatorship and the market remains dominated by Belarusneft with 480 stations; Lukoil and Tatneft are also understood to operate chains.
Malta had Shell and Esso petrols on sale until 1979, when the Government nationalised them and placed all service stations under the Enemalta monopoly. With Malta's accession to the EU, this monopoly was ended in 2005, but it's not known which companies - if any - have chosen to enter Europe's smallest market.
The three Baltic states, which regained their independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, have had more interest shown by multinational companies, including Shell, Statoil, Neste and PKN-Orlen, but apart from the Neste map shown on the Russia page, adverts in a number of commercial atlases and the Olerex map from Estonia, no other oil company map issues are known.
South East Mediterranean
Regional Map Pages
The pages below focus on regions within one of the countries above - they may not be arranged chronologically and may take a rather more in-depth look, or be tied to a specific event.
Crimea (prior to annexation by Russia)
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