Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Swedish Stamps to be released May 14, 2009

According to the Swedish Post this nordic will be  issuing new stamps on 14 May featuring Queen Silvia, five national parks and four tall buildings for entertainment, sport, broadcasting and housing. On the same day a minisheet is being released of two stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, creator of the Braille system.

Basic international postage was raised to SEK 12 on 1 January 2009. As a result, the stamp featuring Queen Silvia from 2005 is being issued in a new color and denomination. The stamp is based on a portrait photograph by Ewa-Marie Rundquist and has been engraved by Martin Mörck.

Four scenes from different parts of Sweden illustrate verdant nature, and one depicts an ocean environment. The stamps have been issued to celebrate 100 years since the first Swedish national parks were instituted.

Abisko National Park (founded in 1909) is situated furthest north. The Globe Flower (Trollius europaeus) is common in mountainous areas and nicely complements the landscape image. The Common Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) looks out from the stamp depicting Garphyttan National Park (1909) in central Sweden.

Småland, southern Sweden, is home to Store Mosse National Park (1982) where the Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) grows. Stenshuvud (1986) is the national park on the coast of Skåne, southern Sweden. Beaches and deciduous forests unite to form a landscape with great biological diversity where the rare European Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) has found refuge.

The Koster Sea can be found off the west coast of Sweden, and is the most species-diverse of Sweden's ocean areas. The area will become Sweden's first marine national park in autumn 2009. The great variety of species found in the area is represented by the Sand Star (Astropecten irregularis).

The Balder roller coaster at Liseberg amusement park, Kaknäs Tower in Stockholm for TV and radio communication, the ski jump at Lugnet sports complex in Falun, central Sweden, and the Turning Torso apartment block in Malmö are genuine Swedish highlights.

The kilometer-long Balder is made of wood and has been voted the world's best roller coaster of its kind several times. Kaknäs Tower was built in 1967 for TV and radio communication. Nowadays the 155-meter-high tower is also a popular tourist attraction.

The ski jump at Lugnet sports complex was completed in 1973. The tower is 52 meters tall, making it the tallest lookout tower in Dalarna province. At 190 meters the spectacular Turning Torso apartment block, which opened in 2005, is Sweden's tallest building. The designer and architect is Santiago Calatrava.

The release of the Through the Eyes of Others stamps is one of the events in 2009 to commemorate Braille in the 200th anniversary of the birth of its creator, Louis Braille. The stamps have a screen print with readable Braille text. Touch it and see!

Braille is read by fingertip. A seasoned Braille reader does not identify each letter, but takes in entire word formations. A Braille character comprises up to six raised dots, arranged in two columns of three.

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For more information, please contact:

Thorsten Sandberg, Sweden Post Stamps. Phone +46 (0)8-7815087.

Queen Silvia 2009

The stamp was designed by Gustav Mårtensson based on a photograph by Ewa-Marie Rundquist. Engraver: Martin Mörck. The stamps are printed in recess and are coil stamps. The denomination is SEK 12, First-Class international.

Summer Nature

The stamps were designed by Johan Persson and printed in offset. They come both in a booklet of 10 self-adhesive stamps in four designs, and on a coil in one design (Koster Sea). The denomination is Domestic.

Swedish Highlights

The stamps were engraved by Piotr Naszarkowski (Kaknäs Tower, Lugnet) and Martin Mörck (Turning Torso, Balder). Proofs: Norbert Tamas from photographs by Norbert Tamas and S-O Ahlgren/Scanpix, Per Eriksson and Krister Halvars, Stig Kälvelid/Liseberg, and Pierre Mens/© HSB Turning Torso. Printed in recess, the stamps come in a booklet of four. The denomination is SEK 12, First-Class International.

Through the Eyes of Others

The stamps were designed by Elisabeth Björkbom, printed in offset and have a screen print with readable Braille. They come in a minisheet of two stamps. The denomination is Domestic.