Monday, August 20, 2012

Finland isssues 17 new stamps for Fall 2012

Itella Posti Oy, the Finnish Post Office corporation, kicks off the fall season for Finnish stamps on Monday, 3 September, with the introduction of three new first-class stamp series that contain a total of 17 stamps. The themes include famous Finnish pop stars from the 1990s, cute little animals, and fall dreamscapes.




The good old '90s music


The series of stamps depicting Finnish music has entered the 1990s. Klaus Welp has designed a six-stamp Stars of the '90sbooklet with designated stamps for the following popular artists: Kaija Koo, Jari Sillanpää, Laura Voutilainen, Anna Eriksson and two bands: Agents and Yölintu.

click her to listen to Kaija Koo

The artists and bands in the stamps have been selected by the Finnish jack-of-all-trades in music Esa Nieminen and Itella. An essential criterion for choosing these artists was popularity that has continued from the 90s to the present day.


click here to listen to Jari Silanpaa

The stamp themes are based on album covers that the artists and bands released in the '90s. The '90s stars sticker stamp booklet will have an issue of 500,000 copies.


click her to listen to Laura Voutilainen

Stars of the '90s technical information:


Value: 6 x 1st class stamps:   Stamp Designer: Klaus Welp

Booklet Size: sheet open 180 x 90 mm, sheet closed 90 x 90 mm, stamps 36 x 35 mm

Paper: self-adhesive stamp paper;  Printer by: Joh. Enschedé Stamps, the Netherlands

Printing method: web offset



Cute little animals to warm the heart!













Pets is a stamp booklet by Satu Lusa whose six stamps feature small, lovable animals. The animals include a European cat, a large eared rabbit, a small rabbit, a dachshund, a Jack Russel terrier, and a British short haired cat.













The photo of the kitten with a tortoise pattern was taken by Spanish nature photographer Rafa Irusta. The rest of the photos were taken by Eric Isselée, a Belgian photographer specializing in animal photography.


The pet photos, were taken against a white background, so as to focus on the  the animals' expressions, natural posture and soft fur. The Pets sticker stamp booklet will have an issue of 500,000 copies.


Pets Technical Information

Value: 6 x 1st class;   Stamp Designer: Satu Lusa

Booklet Size: sheet open 55 x 201 mm, sheet closed 55 x 121 mm, stamps 27.5 x 33.5 mm

Paper: self-adhesive stamp paper;  Printer By: Joh. Enschedé Stamps, the Netherlands

Printing method: web offset.



Alluring and surreal fall dreamscapes



Miika Saksi's Fall Dream stamp booklet takes the viewer to surreal dreamscapes. The five stamps in the booklet include fall colors and several fall-related themes such as migratory birds, a scarecrow and a hot air balloon. Harvest is illustrated in a stamp where a girl is feeding carrots to a horse. The lanterns on the fifth stamp light up the darkening fall evenings. The Fall Dream sticker stamp booklet will have an issue of 400,000 copies.
Fall Dream Technical Information:


Value: 5 x 1st class;   Stamp Designer: Miika Saksi

Sheet Size: sheet 130 x 103 mm, stamp sizes: 38 x 37 mm, 46 x 36 mm, 36 x 28 mm, 34 x 43.5 mm, 45.5 x 28.5 mm

Paper: self-adhesive stamp paper; Printer By: Joh. Enschedé Stamps, the Netherlands

Printing method: web offset





My Thanks to the Finnish Post Office Corporation for the above information.
Further information:



Itella Posti Oy

· Tommi Kantola, Product Manager,  tommi.kantola@posti.fi

· Petri Pohjolainen, Product Manager, petri.pohjolainen@posti.fi

· Markku Penttinen, Development Director,  markku.penttinen@posti.fi



Itella Communications

· Sara Lindström, Communications Manager,  sara.lindstrom@itella.com