News from Åland Post Stamps 

Elegant sailing ships decorate first 2017 stamp issues from Åland

On 2 February 2017, the third stamp issue of Åland Post's Sailing ship series documenting the Åland sailing ship era appears. Artist and captain Allan Palmer has painted the magnificent motifs depicting the barque Mariehamn and the full-rigged clipper Mermerus.

These vessels both represent a time when the development of sailing ships had more or less reached perfection. Originally named Lieutenant, the barque Mariehamn was purchased in 1880 by Åland shipowner Nikolaj Sittkoff, and she became the first Åland owned vessel with a local crew to circumnavigate the world. The long voyage set off in 1881 and, in July 1882, the vessel rounded the Cape Horn, an event captured on the stamp by Allan Palmer.

Built in Glasgow, the lovely Mermerus was a full-rigged ironclad clipper and, also, one of the most rapid sailing vessels ever built. Shipowner Robert Mattson from Vårdö purchased the vessel in 1900. Allan Palmer has painted the ship just off the Chilean coast on one of her many voyages. Mermerus met her destiny in 1909 when she ran aground just off Kristiansand on the Norwegian coast.


Date of issue 2 February 2017
Artists Allan Palmer
Edition 2 x 140 000
Denominations €0.20; Lokalpost (€1.10)
Price FDC €2.00
Stamp size 40 x 30 mm
Sheet sizes 2 x 12 stamps
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset
Printing house Cartor Security Printing


Floats last out in Åland series of franking labels

2 February sees the third and last part of the 3-year series of franking labels from Åland Post featuring Beach finds. The 2017 series feature cork floats.

Since 2015, Åland photographer Tiina Tahvanainen has illustrated various types of beach finds as motifs for the Åland frama labels. The 2015 series featured bird feathers, whereas the second part issued in February 2016 illustrated a message in a bottle. Featuring an old fishnet with cork floats, the third and last part of the current frama series Beach finds appears on 2 February 2017.

Åland offers good fishing opportunities, the most common species of fish being perch, pike, zander, salmon and whitefish. A permit from the water owner is required for all types of fishing in Åland. Sport fishing tourists must buy a fishing permit for specific waters valid for fishing with rod, jig and angle.


Date of issue 2 February 2017
Tiina Tahvanainen
Denomination of series
€0.90; 1.00; 1.10; 1.40
Price FDC
40 x 30,34 mm
Fluorescens 100 g/m2
Printing method
5-colour offset 
Printing house
The Lowe Martin Group 

This year's Åland stamps in stylish pack

Adorned with the handsome rooster designed by artist Martin Mörck, the 2016 Year Set of Åland stamps will be available as of 11 November.

11 November also sees the issue of the 2016 miniature sheet issued prior to the Year of the Rooster, which is the source of inspiration for the cover illustration of the set. The 2016 issues cover a wide range of subjects, from sailing ships, historic events and local cuisine to ABBA Björn's homage to the Åland archipelago.
The stamps are conveniently mounted in the Year Set and, in addition to the Rooster miniature sheet, the set includes the medicinal plants booklet and a 2016 postal label showing a message in a bottle as part of the ‘Beach finds' series. Each issue is presented with the date of issue and the artist's name in English as well as in German, Swedish and Finnish.

Date of issue 11 November 2016
Edition 10 500
Price €39.10


Åland Post's 2016 Christmas seals support people in need

On 10 October, we issue the 2016 Christmas seals. The profit from the sale of Christmas seals will be donated to the 'Matbanken' (food bank) project that helps both families with children and individuals in Åland who are currently in a difficult financial position with food and other necessities.

Åland Christmas seals may be used as decoration on Christmas greetings and parcels. Funds from the sale of Christmas seals are granted to charity alternatively in support of projects which benefit the Åland society. This year's beneficiary is the Matbanken project, a co-operation between the parish of Mariehamn, Save the Children - Åland, the Social Mission, the Mission Covenant Church and the Pentecostal Church.

Matbanken started in 2010, and aims to help individuals and families with children in Åland who are in current financial crisis and in urgent need of food and other basic necessities. Today, some 70 households receive help from Matbanken on a weekly basis. Principally financed by donations, the project receives food donations from whole sale dealers, farmers, a few shops as well as private persons. The project employs a part-time coordinator; however, almost all pick-ups and deliveries are handled by volunteers. The Christmas seal grant will be used for the activities of the Matbanken.

Designed by Swedish illustrator Maja Lindberg, this year's Christmas seals go hand in hand with the Christmas stamps that Maja has also designed. The sheet of 20 self-adhesive seals shows Christmas elves getting busy for Christmas time.

Date of issue 10 October 2016
Artist Maja Lindberg
Edition 5000 sheets of 20 self-adhesive seals
Price €5.00
Seal size 30.6 x 25.8 mm
Sheet size 210 x 145 mm
Paper Jac-Chromo Gloss 80 g/m²
Printing method 4-colour offset + silver
Printing house Oy Fram Ab

Charge for Christmas with Åland Christmas stamps

10 October sees the issue of two Christmas stamps from Åland Post. Designed by Swedish illustrator Maja Lindberg, the stamps show charming Christmas elves preparing for the season.

This year, Swedish artist Maja Lindberg makes her debut as stamp artist for Åland Post. She has also illustrated this year's Christmas seals that complement the two Christmas stamps. Maja pondered for some time before she thought of a suitable theme but, having decided on the Christmas elves, it didn't take her long to create the motifs.
"I wanted to create a sense of Christmas in my illustrations; a wintry scenery under a starry bright sky and tiny Christmas elves preparing for Christmas."
The No Value Indicator stamp "Julpost" is primarily used for posting

Christmas greetings from Åland to destinations in Finland and Sweden during a limited period prior to Christmas. The value of the NVI stamp "Världen" is the equivalent of the postage for priority mail up to 20 gram from Åland to the rest of the world. The Christmas stamps may, of course, be used all the year according to the current postage tariffs. When the tariffs increase, so does the denominational value of these NVI stamps.

Date of issue 10 October 10.2016
Artists Maja Lindberg
Edition 200 000 x 140 000
Denominations Julpost (€0.70) Världen (€1.30)  
Price FDC €2.70
Stamp size 35,4 x 26 mm
Sheet sizes 2 x 20 stamps
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset + PMS Silver
Printing house Cartor Security Printing

Åland Post focuses on the Year of the Rooster

On 11 November, in time for the Year of the Rooster, a miniature sheet featuring two roosters will be issued. Created by Swedish stamp engraver and artist Martin Mörck, the miniature sheet is an issue in the Åland Post's stamp series focusing on the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.

Martin Mörck has played a considerable part in Åland Post's promotion of Åland stamps on the Asian and Chinese markets. Chinese collectors will be familiar with Martin who has acted as engraving instructor at the Postage Stamp Printing Bureau of China Post Group (PSPB) in Beijing. He also mentored the Chinese engraving students who designed the 2014 miniature sheet featuring Åland sheep, the first issue in the Åland stamp series focusing on the Chinese zodiac signs. This time, Martin has personally created the lovely design showing two roosters in an Åland archipelago setting. Issued in good time for the Year of the Rooster 2017, the Chinese symbols on the miniature sheet translate into Year of the Rooster and were written by Zhen Jia Hong.

The issue features roosters of the Swedish native poultry stock Hedemora, the most common breed in Åland. Originating from Swedish province of Dalarna, it is a stout and hardy breed. Adapting well to Nordic climate, it has a dense and downy plumage. The breed appears in a variety of colour patterns of black, white, blue and wild/wheat.

Date of issue 11 November 2016
Artist Martin Mörck
Edition 85 000
Denominations 2 x €2.00
Price FDC €4.70
Stamp size 40 x 52 mm
Miniature sheet size 170 x 95 mm
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset PMS Gold
Printing house Cartor Security Printing

Model car no. 34, a classic van from times gone by

October sees the issue of Åland Post's model car no. 34. Produced by Corgi in scale 1:76, this lovely red Bedford CA van from around 1960 is decorated with the two 2016 Christmas stamps. A numbered certificate of authenticity accompanies the car.

Edition 2800
Price €21.95