Saturday, October 27, 2012

Finland Releases Christmas Stamps Nov 4

Finnish Christmas stamps for 2012 spread the holiday spirit in new ways

On Monday, November 5, Posti will issue Christmas stamps with two seasonal themes: Christmas tree and a stable lantern. The themes of the sheets might be traditional, but the design is all new.

The Christmas Tree stamp comes in a triangular sheet that doubles as an impressive Christmas decoration. Thanks to its special fold, the 20-stamp sheet stands upright like a miniature Christmas tree. Use it to get your desk in the holiday spirit – and to remind you to send your holiday greetings! The Christmas Tree stamp is worth EUR 0.60, which is the special domestic Christmas greeting rate. To send Christmas greetings with this stamp, the deadline in Finland is Thursday, December 13. This EUR .60 self-adhesive stamp has a size  of 36 X 27 mm while the sheet of 10 has a size of 147 X 215 mm. A total of 41 million stamps were printed by the Dutch firm of Joh. Enschede Stamps by the web offset method.

Christmas Tree Sheet

The Stable Lantern stamp creates the peaceful mood of expectation that is the heart of the Christmas season. The Stable Lantern stamp, sold in sheets of 10, is 1st class. The stamp sheet comes with Christmas-themed Priority labels which can be used for both international Christmas greetings and domestic 1st class cards and letters. The mailing deadline for domestic Christmas greetings with a 1st class stamp is Tuesday, December 18. Individual stamps have a size of 24.5mm by 34.5 mm while a sheet of  10 stamps has a size of 162 X 115 mm. A total of 7 million stamps were printed.

Nina Rintala designed both of the 2012 Christmas stamp. Nina is a graphic artist from Turku who has previously designed stamps for Itella, including the Church Sleigh Christmas stamp, which was recognized as the most beautiful stamp of 2002. In 2008, Rintala designed the world’s first transparent stamp, Frosty Night, for Itella.

Lantern Sheet

See Santa Claus Post Office in Santa's Village in Lapland in Finland - Rovaniemi
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Further information:

Itella Posti Oy

Petri Pohjolainen, Product Manager,

Markku Penttinen, Development Director,

Itella Communications

Sara Lindström, Communications Manager,

My thanks to the Finnish Post Office for the above information.